A message from Charlotte Mitchell, Head of SHE Standards.
My little puppy and what he thinks of the Activity Challenge...
As the 2017 Activity Challenge nears the end with just a few days left until the last day on Sunday 21 May, here’s a little NINO update we thought worth sharing with you.
The aim of the Challenge is simple - to help encourage as many people to become more active! Whether you’re a complete beginner or someone who already exercises regularly, it makes no difference.
And it’s this philosophy we share with the NINO commitment concept. With NINO teams spread across many SSE locations, they have had 53 teams take on and fully embrace the Activity Challenge and have clocked up a staggering 53 millions steps between them so far and still with a few days to go! Based on an average of 2000 steps per mile, this works out that each team has an equivalent average of 500 miles between them. Truly amazing stuff.
And as if that wasn’t enough, Alan Coyle - Director of Finance Operations, will this Friday provide a grand finale for NINO when he embarks on an incredible 40 mile run from Oxford to Reading.
Alan is a member of the Finance Leadership Team and sponsor of NINO. He’s a great advert of leading by example and showing we can all find the time to be active. Over and above the heroics of Alan’s challenge, he has also recruited 25 colleagues to help him with his run in some way, whether cycling or running part of the route or providing first aid support. Team work in full effect.
We caught up with Alan and this is what he had to say about his epic 40+ mile run.......
"I am a very active person and always on the lookout for the next challenge. Being the FLT sponsor for the Activity Challenge, I felt it was important to lead by example and do a little more than I did during the activity challenge the previous year where I ran 31 miles in a local ultra. It was also important to me to ensure we did this for a good cause and having been there when a colleague got the news that his son was going in for open heart surgery, it felt raising funds for the British Heart Foundation was a no brainer.
In terms of how I manage to get the training in, I run very early pretty much every morning regardless of what work location I am in. Doing my training first thing ensures that I don’t need to worry about finding time for exercise in the working day and it really gets me ready and focussed for work. At the weekend, I always like to go for a long cycle or run as I find it really clears the head after a busy week.
Being fit and healthy is hugely important to me. I like being fit enough to be able to take on most types of challenge as I get an enormous buzz from the accomplishment of endurance events. I also think the mental benefits of exercise are huge.
I hope this year’s activity challenge helps to encourage people to do a little more than they normally would, no matter how big or small that might be!"
So best of luck to Alan and everyone involved in the 40 mile run and also a big well done to all the NINO teams.