Congratulations to those finishing the 2012 Corporate Get Active Challenge!


Congratulations to those finishing the 2012 Corporate Get Active Challenge!

The 2012 Corporate Get Active Challenge has drawn to a close after six weeks of fun, during which Cornish companies and organisations were given the opportunity to get more active.

It inspired those of us who watch sport on TV to jump from the sofa and onto our feet to circumnavigate the Cornish coastline.  Fifty-six teams took up the baton, got involved, and attempted the course by undertaking various sports and activities to improve and maintain their fitness.

By the end of the Challenge, 31,409 miles and 13,137,000 steps had been recorded collectively by participating teams with 77% of contenders finishing the course, ten teams travelling the distance twice, three teams looping the course three times, and one team spectacularly trouncing the Challenge four times over.

A selection of Challengers was awarded for their extraordinary achievements. The Furthest Distance Travelled was accomplished by Putting the Health into Environmental Health, completing an epic 1,419 miles.  The Barnstormers won an Outstanding Sports Contribution for a whopping 1,006,000 steps accrued - a tremendous achievement.  The A Team was also recognised for completing the Most Varied Activities, which included over twenty different varieties of sessions included gymnastics, cycling, boxing and dancing, amongst others.

Alongside changing individual's and team attitudes towards being active, the Challenge has also had an affect on friends and family members.  The A Team's Leader, Kelly Martin enthuses, "The Challenge has changed my life.  I no longer sit in front of the TV because I've enrolled in so many new ventures including boxercise, the gym, badminton, walking coastal paths, and I've entered into a 10k race.

The Challenge has impacted on my family too, my partner has also joined a running club and his son now attends the school rugby club which for two years he wasn't brave enough to try. I lost 20lbs while completing the Challenge and don't intend to stop this lifestyle change!"

Challengers favoured walking as their most popular activity and gardening, running, cycling and visiting the gymnasium their top five pursuits. Those somewhat braver took to sky diving, aerial rope courses, and snow boarding while others hit ice skate rinks, yoga mats and dance floors.

Mike Thomas, Director at the Cornwall Sports Partnership, says: "The Corporate Get Active Challenge has been running for two years now and year-on-year teams have never failed to surprise us with their level of tenacity, ingenuity, hard work and fun loving spirit.

The majority of 2012 participants who have given us feedback say the Challenge has had a positive effect on their life and well-being and that they would do it again, which is great news.  If the Challenge's popularity continues to gain momentum we will be able to run more of them and encourage a greater number of people to get active.  For us, that would be a tremendous achievement."

Why not join them?  Start a personal or private team Get Active Challenge today by clicking here.

Date added: Thursday 13th December 2012
Last updated: Thursday 12th March 2020

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