Going the Distance

Collectively, we have covered...

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Our challengers completed 36 laps of the North-east... that's equivalent to more than 3-and-3-quarter laps around the globe!

We did it! Thanks to the support and efforts of 650+ participants, we have now completed our June challenge to Go the Distance.

Throughout June, our challengers walked, ran, cycled, swam, skated and scooted to cover a phenomenal number of miles.

Event details

We did it! As we look back on the past month, we're blown away by the effort and sheer dedication our 650+strong family of challengers have poured into this event. We began the month with a goal that feels very modest given the ground that has now been covered.

Our initial target was to cover the full distance of the perimeter of the North-east of Scotland – including Aberdeen and Shire, Moray, Orkney and Shetland. These are the areas where we provide support and funding for oncology and haematology patients, and they just happen to be filled with stunning scenery and picturesque walks, right here on our doorstep.

If you were to take a map and draw a big circle around the five areas we serve, it would measure an epic 2600 miles – so that’s the distance we picked for this challenge. Within the first week alone, our participants had completed an incredible five full laps, and they went from strength to strength.

It's been incredible to see so many rally their hiking squad, lace up those running shoes or jump into the saddle to help us reach our goal while re-discovering the beauty right on our doorstep. We've even had teams strap on their rollerskates, use their scooters and count their steps from a treadmill in the garage or laps of their garden.

 

If you would like to make a donation towards the campaign, text DISTANCE to 70085 to donate £5. To donate a different amount, for example £12, text DISTANCE12 to 70085

*Please note that due to constraints with the Text Donation services, donations made in this way are anonymous.

Going the distance - Scotland map

Mileage motivators

Need some ideas for your ‘Scenic Route’? Check out our mileage motivators and select a distance that suits you or your team. We’ve used local landmarks as inspiration.

Please remember that current Government guidelines still advise us to stay close to home. Please explore responsibly.

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144 STEPS

The lighthouse: For a more manageable goal using your own stairs or garden at home, 144 is the number of steps in the Covesea Lighthouse at Lossiemouth. You’ll clock up 0.06 miles each time you complete the count.
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4.2 MILES

The Drive: Walk, cycle or run the full length of Anderson Drive– 4.2miles. You can do this every day, every week or just once!
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9 MILES

The Whisky Trail: Walk in miles, the number of distilleries on the official Malt Whisky Trail
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16 MILES

The Castle Trail: The distance from Crathes Castle to Dunnottar Castle
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27 MILES

Speyside to Deeside: The length of Lairig Ghru
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41 MILES

Deeside Delight: Length of the Deeside Way
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56 MILES

The Orkney Original: The distance from the Northernmost tip to Southernmost point of the islands
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67 MILES

The Mountain Range: Aberdeen beach to Cairngorms
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81 MILES

The Don: Length of the River Don
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120 MILES

The Coastal Path: The length of the Aberdeenshire Coastal Trail
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216 MILES

The Oversea Adventure (Shetland): Aberdeen to Shetland by ferry
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154 MILES

The Oversea Adventure (Orkney): Aberdeen to Orkney by ferry
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330 MILES

Sea Level challenge: The distance from Aberdeen Beach to Ben Nevis, up the mountain and back again
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570 MILES

Orkney Adventure: The length of the Orkney coastline
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1697 MILES

The Shetland Special: The length of the Shetland coastline

Every penny counts

All admin costs are fully funded by Balmoral Group