Day 50 chat from the PM....

Thanks so much for taking part in the 2013 challenge – we are so pleased you have taken on and achieved this massive challenge.

As so often has happened with the challenge our challengers come to the rescue – i was wondering on day 48 what am i going to say on the final day and then the answer comes along ....

At the end of 50 days it is time to reflect on what you have all achieved. I am sure you will all have your own personal memories of the challenge but yesterday we asked on Facebook what our challengers enjoyed and i would love to share some of these quotes –

Made me see how i could fit exercise into my hectic and demanding life.

Toned my body and raised money for Cancer research.

It touches so many people around the world helping to make them fitter, happier and healthier – a pleasure to be part of it.

It has given me the chance to share my love of exercise.

I have a sense of achievement everyday.

It got my off my fat lazy bottom.

Its got me off the couch and walking for at least an hour a day.

Proud of myself for ripping up the rubbish excuses i used to use to avoid exercise.

I got back on a bike for the first time in 30 years.

I could go on forever but my personal favourite – its meant i have spent quality time cycling with my 80 year old mother and running and cycling with my 9 year old daughter.

Don't you just love what this challenge does to you and others .....

And so some statistics

No of challenger – 4027
No of kms covered – 775,000kms
Amount raised for charity so far – £70,000
And it is worth pointing out that some of our postings on Facebook are being seen regularly by over 15,000 people.

And now a little bit on the future of the challenge.

I have to confess that for myself and the great core team, after running 3 challenges now in the space of 14 months, it has taken its toll and we all need a bit of time to re-charge so we are planning to return with the 2014 challenge around the same time next year. I really hope you understand the amount of work and effort that goes on behind the scenes to run the challenge and we all really need to return all to our families for a period of time. We are all volunteers and as such we need a bit of time to recharge and focus.

But don't let that kid you that we won't be working really hard behind the scenes under the radar.

You will all be aware that we overcame a massive hurdle at the start of April when we gained charity status – as a result of this we have been able to advance our partnership discussions with Comic Relief so watch out for some exciting news on this soon.

Going forward we also hope to maximise our use of the Commonwealth Games logo branding and hope to play a major part in the buzz in the run up to the Games.

One of the big bonuses of this challenge was the fact we were able to make the challenge all inclusive and include people with disabilities – next year we hope to expand on this and also work on how we can include children into the challenge in a manner that is safe to their physical development. We see changing habits at an early stage as key to changing mindsets of future generations.

So in closing how can you help us going forward.

Number one – tell everyone you know about your experience of taking part in the challenge and encourage them to take part next year.
Number two – keep sharing your stories on our social media channels. i can't tell you how much it lifts us to hear your tales – we can't get enough of them.
And finally – if you have a large employer, try to see if they will share your story over their communication channels and ask if they will raise awareness of the challenge next year to get more people from your workplace involved.

I sincerely congratulate you all for all that you have achieved and am delighted you joined our amazing challenge – without each and everyone of you it just wouldn't be the same!

To our sponsors, thanks so much for everything you have done for us in helping make this challenge bigger and better than last year.

And finally a word to the dream team (AKA the Core team) and our families – thanks for sticking with the challenge when things were up against us all. We should now all go and enjoy our summer break but be sure to come back refreshed as come August time the quest to make this challenge one of the biggest in the world continues – be ready for it.

Until next time when we look forward to welcoming you all to the 2014 challenge – keep up the training as the journey to a better, happier life has just begun.

Simon (PM)

About 5x50

5x50 Challenge started with a vision to make people who are inactive become more active. Challengers become part of something that inspires, motivates, encourages you to live a healthier lifestyle. 5x50 Challenges are open to all. Individuals or groups regardless of age, health condition/ disability or fitness level can take part.

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