Big Pledge is back

Big Pledge

Take the time today to sign up for Wiltshire Council’s health-boosting campaign Big Pledge: Beat the Clock – and this year, every second counts.

This is the fifth annual Big Pledge campaign run by the council, which aims to get more people active and taking exercise. The campaign got some gold medal support today (3 May 2018) with Britain’s most decorated Winter Paralympians, Jennifer Kehoe and Menna Fitzpatrick, joining Wiltshire Council portfolio holder for communities, Chris Williams and The Meadows Day Opportunity Service user Tessa Leeson to help promote it at Five Rivers Health and Wellbeing Centre.

The campaign, which runs from 14 May to 8 July, is open to enter now for all ages and every level of fitness and ability.

Participants can choose from a wide array of pursuits to complete their personal challenge, including football, cricket, tennis, basketball, athletics, dance, cycling, walking, running and badminton.

There are four levels of involvement:

  • Beat the Clock Challenge if you are new to activity or have a disability
  • Beat the Clock Plus Challenge if you are already active and looking to push yourself
  • Beat the Clock Team Challenge to do with colleagues, friends and family.
  • Beat the Clock Schools Challenge, with no limit on the numbers of pupils who can join in.

Chris Williams, Wiltshire Council’s portfolio holder for communities, said: “Beat the Clock is a brilliant, enjoyable way of improving your fitness and getting the healthy benefits from taking exercise.

“Our annual challenge is always massively popular and thousands of people have already taken part and got a lot of pleasure out of it. It’s a terrific way to boost your wellbeing.”

Wiltshire’s double Paralympic gold medallist Jennifer Kehoe is supporting this year’s challenge, she said: ” I am delighted to be supporting this year’s Big Pledge Challenge. This is a fantastic event that everyone can join in and get active regardless of age or ability. I know there is nothing better that setting yourself a goal and then achieving it! It is so simple to take part and I urge you to sign up now and get active, have fun and go for that gold!”

To take part, simply sign up at where you can also see a full list of the activities available.

You will get your own Challenge Record page where you can plot your progress as you go along.

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