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Lincoln College staff and students get active to take challenge title

July 09 2020

Staff and students clocking up miles as part of a new fitness challenge have come out on top in a national competition.

  • Adie Short

    Adie Short

Go the Distance challenged colleges across the country to get staff and students active – and Lincoln College took top spot in five of the six categories.

The challenge was set up by AoC Sport, the membership organisation for colleges, and saw people covering distances by walking, running and cycling.

Participants were able to join Lincoln College clubs and use the Strava app to log any walks, runs or cycles to try and top the tables in three different challenges.

Adie Short, technician – public services, Animals and Sports Studies at Lincoln College, said: “The AoC Go The Distance challenge has been a phenomenal success for us here at Lincoln College. All the competitors have engaged in such a positive way going out in all weathers to support the challenge, along with increasing both their physical and mental health at the same time.”

He said the challenge was a chance for colleges to compete against each other nationally and locally, whilst engaging staff and students in taking part in physical activity to represent the college.

“The three challenges for both cycling and running/walking included distance, engagement and recorded activities” said Adie. “Initially the AoC challenged each college to try and complete 3369 cycling miles - the equivalent distance of visiting all 212 AoC colleges - and to complete 456 miles running/walking - the distance from the most southern college to the most northern college.

“There has been friendly competitiveness between everyone as well as participants getting out there and pushing themselves with individual goals, racking up increased distances and recorded activities throughout the challenge.”

Adie thanked the AoC for developing the challenge and was confident the competition had motivated people to continue exercising and staying fit.

“Whilst the challenge is officially over I believe that we are all a little more motivated to go out and walk, run or get on our bike to partake in physical activity, give ourselves a little break and chance to refresh or to discover new places locally.”

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