Staff and students walk, run, swim and cycle to Helsinki!

Aston Staff and Students Walk, Run, Swim and Cycle to Helsinki!

Aston staff and students have been taking part in the Match the Mileage campaign – an attempt to collectively clock up 30,000 miles before 10 October 2011 by means of walking, running, cycling and swimming - to keep up with a group of Aston students who are travelling from Aston University to Sydney in Australia in a London black cab!

Over the last four weeks staff and students have been recording the number of steps they take with a pedometer, recording their mileage from their runs or cycles or counting the number of lengths they have swam in order to contribute to the target. There have been some heroic efforts and as of today we have clocked up an impressive 3064 miles – taking us almost to Helsinki (Finland) along the taxi journey's route!

However, the taxi will be setting off from Aston campus next Wednesday (16 February) and will be hot on our heels so we still need more people to take part!

To register for the Match the Mileage campaign just contact me at s.j.foster1@aston.ac.uk or call ext 4630 and I will help you set a realistic personal weekly target to aim for. You will receive a free pedometer just for signing up to help you get started and I will get you set up on the match the mileage website so you can view track your progress online. I will also include monthly motivational hints and advice and prizes will be awarded every month to those who have made a real effort (not just those who have done the most miles).

Some benefits to you will be that you will have that extra motivation to be active as you will be sending your progress to me and you will be able to track your own progress online every fortnight.

So whether it’s just walking that little bit more often, going on a regular bike ride or having a regular swim you can sign up and help Aston University Match the Mileage.

Check out the Match the mileage website and see how our staff and students are getting on!

Words by Simon Foster