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Big Pledge is back and people of all ages and abilities can join in

Big Pledge is back and people of all ages and abilities can join in

Wiltshire’s Big Pledge is back for 2017 and this year’s free challenge, which encourages people of all ages to get more active, has a World Athletics Championships theme.

Wiltshire’s Big Pledge: London Calling is celebrating the World Athletics Championships coming to London for the first time this summer, with a series of challenges to help encourage individuals and teams of all ages and abilities to get active, get out and have fun.

The challenge starts on 5 June and runs right through to 30 July. People can now sign up to take part in the event and doing it as early as possible will increase their chances of achieving their goals and feeling and seeing the benefits of participating.

The organisers of the challenge, Wiltshire Council, will be holding two launch events to help and encourage people to sign-up.

These events are taking place at:

  • Five Rivers Health & Wellbeing Centre, Salisbury on Tuesday 16 May at 12pm
  • Springfield Community Campus, Corsham on Wednesday 17 May at 3.30pm

The aim of the challenge is to ‘collect’ all 30 countries taking part in this summer’s championships over the eight weeks by having a go at a variety of challenges including swimming, running, walking and cycling. People are encouraged to take part no matter what they feel their abilities and fitness levels are.

Carolyn Godfrey, Wiltshire Council corporate director said: “ We’ve seen over the years that Big Pledge has made a real difference to the health and wellbeing of the people of all ages who participate. We hope this year’s campaign is no different and we want to see as many people as possible have a go and see what they can achieve. “The health benefits will be fantastic but it’s always a lot of fun too. We wish everyone the best of luck.”

Alison Marron from B-fit Bootcamp, said “All the members of our B-Fit Bootcamp sessions in Tidworth and Bulford signed up as a team in 2016. The challenge really built team spirit amongst the women and we had a fantastic time. We even added a social walk at the weekend in addition to our weekly sessions. We also organised a weekend to walk up Ben Nevis and Scafell to complete our challenge!  ” We are really looking forward to taking part again as a team. We are also pleased that a Beginners Challenge has been added this year, as this will be a fantastic opportunity for our newest members who have not been active before to get involved.”

More than 18,000 people across the county took part in last year’s challenge, which saw those participating taking a virtual trip to Rio to mark the Olympic games.

To sign up to this year’s challenge people should visit www.wiltshire.gov.uk/bigpledge. People can also find more information on Facebook by searching for WiltshireBigPledge and are encouraged to share their progress on Twitter, using the hashtag #BigPledge.


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