We’re delighted to have had five solo cyclists take up cycling challenges in aid of our work last year. Their combined efforts raised over £9,000 in aid of our work!
You can set your challenge according to your ability – and perhaps your household can participate as a team! Please stay safe – exercise activities undertaken should follow the current Scottish Government COVID 19 advice on staying safe and on exercise and social distancing.
You may be cycling close to home, or cycling further afield once restrictions are lifted. Here are some great challenge ideas from last year:
- Hazel set herself the Prost8 14 day cycling challenge around Moray
- David cycled 900 miles over 3 months around Edinburgh
- Ken celebrated his birthday with a Double Marathon cycle
- George cycled from Glasgow to Edinburgh on the Forth & Union Canals
- Joe cycled the 54 mile Suie Classic Sportive route in Aberdeenshire
Visit Scotland have compiled great information on cycling in Scotland, including
- Beginner cycling routes
- Family cycle routes and one day cycles
- 11 spellbinding cycle routes in Scotland
Visit Scotland have dedicated practical information on planning a trip. such as what’s open nearby, and other questions you might have on safety measures to keep you safe from Covid-19 on your trip. Please stay safe – exercise activities undertaken should follow the current Scottish Government COVID 19 advice on staying safe and on exercise and social distancing.
Staying Closer to Home? ‘Around Your World in 80’ Challenge
‘Your World’ could be your garden, house or flat – 80 hours – climbing up and down stairs could be the ascent of virtual Munros or Corbetts in your favourite locations. Select a Munro, note the altitude and divide by the length of ‘Your World’ (stairs, for example), to discover how many times you need to walk it!
80 minutes of running could take you around a Half Marathon, 80 hours of walking might be a virtual visit to your favourite place in the UK, 80 hours of cycling in your locality or on the home trainer could be your virtual stab at John O’Groats to Lands End.
Ken, who had fundraised in a cycling challenge several years ago, decided to train to complete a double marathon cycle run around his local area in Edinburgh. Ken was inspired by the efforts being made by other fundraisers in aid of the NHS, and in the 2.6 Challenge – and wanted to celebrate his birthday in this way. Ken set himself a target of £500, raised over £4,000 and became one of the top 3% of fundraisers on JustGiving in May, out of over 40,000 fundraisers across the country.
Sharing your activity online
The safest and easiest way currently to collect donations in through an online fundraising page and you can easily set up your fundraising page and share it with friends and family.
It is fairly straightforward to share a fundraising page in a social media post. You can paste the page link onto an email, text message or social media post. Or you can follow the links from the social media icons on your fundraising page.
If you’re undertaking an active fundraising challenge, JustGiving has launched an integration with the free run and ride app Strava, so it’s easier to keep your family and friends updated and share your achievements – this will help you to receive encouragement and donations as you progress!
Other fundraising ideas
- Running or walking challenges
- Be a part of an organised event – virtual or live
- Fitness challenges closer to home
- Virtual social activities