University Charity Challenge 2018 – Smile for Joel

Dear Colleagues,

I’m proposing a challenge for 2018 to hopefully raise funds for our charity of the year.

Given Joel was a keen sportsman and an inclusive practitioner, the challenge would involve various sporting activities covering 100 miles in 24hrs around Worcestershire. The date will be 8/9 June 2018 and the proposed outline is as follows:

  • Start Friday 8 June 2018 @ 7pm
  • Night Walk – 25 Miles (Route TBC – suitable terrain for wheelchair)
  • Canoe – 14 Miles – (Follow River Severn – Route TBC – adapted boats available)
  • Run – 10 Miles – (Follow canal path – Route TBC)
  • Bike Ride – 50 miles – (Route tbc – finish at Lakeside but to go via Arena to shoot basketballs)
  • Swim – 600m (Open swim around lake and Archery to take place at same time)
  • Tractor Pull – 400m (Team effort)
  • Finish Saturday 9 June @ 7pm
  • Specific details of each event (and distance) to be discussed at monthly meetings
  • (BBQ 6 – 9pm at Lakeside for friends/families of competitors and University staff)

The Challenge will be open to all University staff, partner colleges, associated staff and student staff, however, there will be a maximum of eight University teams allowed to compete.

We want this event to be as inclusive as possible. Disabled participants and those who face challenges in actively participating in physical activity are more than welcome to take part. We have tried to ensure that as many of the activities as possible are adapted and accessible, but if you have any further queries specific to your own personal circumstances, or would like to discuss adaptations that we may not have thought of, please feel free to get in touch and we can discuss this further.

Each team will consist of 8 competitors and 2 reserves. Staff with a disability or who think they may face certain challenges in participating, and who would like to work with a buddy or support worker on the challenge can do so, and any guide runners, tandem pilots or support workers assisting staff to take part in the challenge will not be counted towards a team’s total of 8 competitors.

Teams will require to nominate a “Team Captain” who will need to attend monthly meetings from January to May.

There will be rules on how many competitors are required for each event, so teams will need to make sure individuals are capable of competing in a minimum of 3 events. For example – the night walk will require 3 of the team to enter, mainly for safety reasons.

This is a demanding event and colleagues from the Institute of Sport have provided expert advice around the activities. They have also offered to support teams with training plans and guidance on safety during the events. This will be discussed in more detail at the first team meeting.

What to do next…

If you’re up for the challenge, the first step would be to identify a team, nominate a captain and the Team Captain e-mail the challenge organising team:

As mentioned above there will only be eight University teams competing, so only the first eight full teams can be accepted. To allow sufficient time for meetings and training for this challenge Team Captains will be required to register before the 22nd December.

As it is multidisciplinary, the event structure is quite complex. If you have any further queries or are trying to determine if the event is right for you, please contact me directly and I’d be happy to discuss any questions you may have.

There will be a support team for the challenge covering such duties as driving, administration and marshalling. If you cannot participate in the challenge for whatever reason but would like to be part of the support team then please e-mail as your help would be very much appreciated.

Kind regards

Tom Taylor
Assistant Director – Security & Operations

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