26th April 2021
During the latest national lockdown, NSCG staff and students took part in 'Lockdown Legends' a 42 day competition, designed to encourage the NSCG community to get up and get active.
Whether that be for 15 minutes, 50 minutes or even more, everyone had the same goal - to collectively walk/run around the UK - the equivalent of 5000 miles.
As part of the challenge, staff and students were also encouraged to set individual goals and help raise money for the University Hospitals of North Midlands Charity.
With over 160 staff and students ultimately taking part over the course of the challenge, our aim was to get people out and about exercising instead of being sat at home, which in turn we hoped, would positively impact people's mental health and wellbeing. Something lots of people in the UK suffered with during previous national lockdowns.
Utilising Strava, staff and students logged their walks/runs over the six week challenge and as part of the competition the staff member and student who covered the most combined distance, were awarded a pair of Apple AirPods to enjoy on their future runs.
Prizes were awarded to Newcastle College Sport student, Jordan Thomas and NSCG Foundation Studies lecturer, Angela McAcree who ran almost 450 miles between them in 42 days.
At the end of the challenge, we collectively raised £344 for University Hospitals of North Midlands Charity, a charity that provide support for staff at the Royal Stoke University Hospital and County Hospital in Stafford to deliver the best possible care to over three million people from Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire and beyond.