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Staff and students take part in AoC's challenge

Wednesday 17 June 2020

Selby College staff and students go the distance as part of the Association of College’s nationwide challenge

Staff and students from across Selby College have been taking part in the Association of College’s (AoC) ‘Go the Distance’ challenge, achieving more than 126 miles of running and 165 miles of cycling in the first week.

So far, the College has 17 active runners and eight active cyclists helping to reach the College’s goal of 456 miles of running and 3369 miles of cycling by the end of the challenge on the 5th of July.

AoC Sport launched the competition in June as part of its ongoing virtual programme to get students and staff moving during the Covid-19 pandemic. As part of the challenge, Colleges compete against each other to reach the total or engage the most students in either running, walking or cycling teams.

“I’m delighted to see so many staff and students from across the College coming together to take part in the challenge,” said Matthew Duck, Sports Development Officer at Selby College. “Whether it’s walking, running or cycling, we are encouraging all members of Selby College to get involved and get moving. Exercising has significant benefits for people’s mental and physical health, as well as supporting immune function and boosting creativity – which is critical during this difficult time.”

‘Go the Distance’ aims to encourage students of any ability to engage in physical activity, whether it’s a walk in the park, a 5k run or a 10-mile cycle, whilst also giving them an opportunity to represent their College.

Students and staff can get involved by downloading the Strava cycling and running app which allows you to track your activity and contribute to the College’s overall total, which results in a weekly leader board.

Selby College’s sports department has carried out numerous challenges and workouts during lockdown to help encourage students and staff to engage in physical activity. This includes a squat jump challenge and a toilet roll kick-up challenge which students got involved in on social media.

Sports tutor Amy Hague also helped staff at the College keep active by holding live video HIIT classes during lunchtime breaks throughout May.