Round the grounds in January

Round the grounds in January

December 31, 2020 Charity Fan Ownership Fund 0

Lots of people make a resolution to get fit in January. But the gyms are closed, and we can’t walk to the away match at Fylde. So we’ve come up with a team challenge, that everyone can take part in and keep active. We want people to join our group challenge to walk, run or cycle the distance between all the grounds in National League North.

How far is that?
It’s 844 miles, which is a long way. In fact, it’s a little bit more than a marathon a day, far too much for anyone to do on their own. But the more people who get involved, the easier it will be. If ten people can take part, it’s only two and a half miles each per day.

Can anyone take part?
Yes. You don’t have to live in Chorley. You can do your exercise whenever you want, wherever you want. Even indoors on a treadmill if you like. You don’t have to commit to do a set distance: any distance you cover will help us reach the target. Importantly, you’ll be doing something together with other Chorley supporters for a good cause, and getting some exercise at the same time.

How does it work?
We’re going to track the distance covered on Strava, a free exercise app and website. All you have to do is go for a walk, run or cycle and record your activity. If you’re interested in the details of how it works, we got the idea here:

How do I get involved?
Start by making a £10 donation to cover your entry fee.
We’re going to use Strava to track our progress. It’s a fitness tracking app and website, and it’s free to join. There’s just three things you have to do to help us track our progress, and it’ll only take you a couple of minutes.

  1. Join Strava for free at
  2. Join the CFCST Challenge Strava club
  3. Join the January walking challenge (Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean you have to walk 100km in January! It just makes it simpler for us to measure progress)

Then just start running, walking or cycling. Don’t forget to record your activity on Strava so we can track our progress! You can use the Strava app or any fitness tracker such as Garmin devices. We’ll issue regular progress updates on here as our group moves virtually between the grounds.

Can I get people to sponsor me?
Yes, of course. Just send them to our LocalGiving appeal page and they can donate as usual. Who knows, they might even decide to join in the challenge!

How the funding will be spent
We will donate 25% of funds raised to Rosemere Cancer Foundation, supporting cancer treatment in Lancashire and South Cumbria in memory of Chorley FC supporter Lionel Barker. Another 25% will go to the Sporting Memories Foundation to support their work in Chorley, a charity dedicated to Sports Reminiscence & Physical Activities supporting older people living in England and Wales with dementia, depression and loneliness by engaging them in social activities and helping them to recall memories of watching or playing sport.

How this will benefit the community
The remainder will be used to help us work towards community ownership of Chorley Football Club. We believe that the best owner for Chorley FC, which has been a community asset since 1883, is the local community itself. We currently own 9% of the club and are raising money to increase our holding.

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