Here at Redbrain we had a huge initiative last year to promote the ‘feel good’ factor through numerous physical exercise challenges. We thought it could be very much needed in the midst of lockdowns. That's why, given how this year has started, you’ll be pleased to know we haven’t finished… in fact, we’re going to be keeping up the momentum!
Not only did our challenges lift spirits, as a collective group, targets were smashed and we donated funds to non-profit organisations such as; The NHS, ClientEarth, and The Loss Foundation. We also had the privilege to virtually meet some of the winners in our thriving Redbrain challenges community. They shared their stories on why physical activities and sporting challenges have been a huge benefit to them:
Ian Morton won one of our lottery prizes and reminded us of the benefits of cycling challenges through lockdowns; “On the mornings where I was tired or days when the weather wasn't great, it was an excellent spur to get out. It's a great way to look after both my physical and mental health. Getting out for some fresh air for an hour or so each day has been of massive benefit to me.”
Shameeg Salie was our second bike challenge winner with an inspiring story; “I am from Grassy Park in City Cape Town, South Africa. My area is filled with gangsterism and drugs. Waking up to gunshots in the middle of the night is not the best feeling. I am really thankful to have a sport of this kind to allow you to travel and dream, and keep you off the streets.”
Our last challenge was won by James Golding who cycled 1000 miles in a week! James has no ordinary story behind his cycling. He’s a 2 times cancer survivor, Guinness Seven Day Cycling World Record holder, and has already raised over £3m for various charities. Cycling in the beginning ''was just about having that freedom and release, and getting away from everything I had been through."
Don’t miss your opportunity to join in for free with our Redbrain Strava Group. You don't have to exercise outdoors if you have gym equipment or a way of doing it indoors. We’ll be setting all sorts of fun challenges in the upcoming months with different activities to suit our participants. Everyone has the chance to win prizes too for their chosen charities. It’s really not to be missed!