‘Team J.A.C.K.S’: Challenge Complete!

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In the final instalment of Team J.A.C.K.S' Step Count Challenge blog, Jimmy Man, Finance Assistant at the Wales Deanery, reveals whether the team reached their target.

For eight weeks, myself, Angharad Davies, Carolyn Evans, Kaye Walters and Sophie Miller were trying to walk or run as much as we could. It stemmed from an email that came from Cardiff University who were putting teams forward to compete against other organisations in the UK as part of the Step Count Challenge.

It was simple. Five people in a team. Do as many steps as you can.

We were one of 700 teams in the UK.

To make things more interesting, we set ourselves a target of 3,500,000 steps between us within eight weeks. This is roughly 1,712 miles which is the equivalent distance of Land’s End to John O’ Groats and back, via the Deanery in both directions. That’s an average of about six miles, or 12,500 steps, a day.

I’m happy to say, we reached the target with a massive 109,000 steps to spare.

Some people might be impressed by the overall and daily target. Some people might not be because they can achieve the daily target before lunch time. But we all took part in the challenge for various reasons.

If you’ve read our blogs, you’ll see that we did it to lose weight, get fitter, raise money or just to be part of a team and have some fun. For me, it was to lose weight and get fitter.

This challenge has changed our behaviour around walking. Whether it’s walking the dog more, walking during lunch, or simply getting away from our desks more often, we have all become more active. Hopefully, we’ll be able to carry this on.

We also set ourselves a target of raising £1,000 between us to donate to three charities that the team are passionate about. The charities we have chosen are: Cancer Research Wales, Mind and Friends of the Dogs

Thank you to everyone who has donated online. Thanks to everyone who bought cakes during our cake sale and helped us raise £62.50. Thanks to everyone who dressed down and donated money on the last dress down day to raise £46.65. So far we’ve raised £691.75.

If you haven’t done so already, please donate online. Any money we raise will really help a human being or an innocent dog have a better life.

To my team, I just want to say how proud I am of you for accepting this challenge and smashing it.

While setting up the challenge, I was throwing targets at them and they thought I was crazy. Too ambitious. But I was convinced that they would rise to the challenge and reach this target.

And they did.

And I can’t thank them enough, because they carried me through to the end!

You can donate to Team J.A.C.K.S on their Fundraising Page.

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