When we came back after the Christmas break, like many we all had our New Year Resolutions fresh in our minds and the general consensus was to be more active. Now, personally, I thrive off competition. but more than that, I tend to stick to something more when I’m accountable to someone else. Something we’re really passionate about at Layers is achieving things as a team not just as individuals. We genuinely believe we’re better together and so was born our 2021 challenge.

 

 

The Challenge

 

The aim is to cover (walk, run, cycle, surf, swim or anything else self-powered) 2021km for every member of Team Layers. At the start of the year, we had 5 people on the team (James, Chris, Niall, Jonny and myself – Paula) so our collective total for the year was 10,105km (2021 x 5). That was until Daniel joined the team at the beginning of February. We’ve pro-rated his contribution for the year based on the month he wasn’t with us and his total comes out at 1850km, hiking up our total (pun intended 😏) to 11,955km to collectively hit before the end of 2021.

 

To put that into perspective we’ll have done just shy of 48 marathons EACH by the end of the year, or collectively we’ll have gone to the North Pole and back, and then back to the North Pole again. Luckily we won’t be stranded there at the end of the year 🥶

 

 

The Reason

 

Most people fail their new year resolutions by February, but we don’t want to be most people soooooo we threw down a challenge that doesn’t seem too difficult when broken down into daily targets (it works out 5.5km per person per day) BUT with this challenge consistency is key. Sticking with it past February is necessary (especially for those who thought it was too cold to go for a walk in January 🤭).

 

Although this is a collective goal rather than an individual challenge, we all have our own reasons for doing it. As part of our efforts, we’ll be fundraising for charities that are near and dear to our hearts.

 

 

The Charities

 

James – Chron’s & Colitis UK

Chris – Macmillan Cancer Support

Niall – The Haemophilia Society

Paula – CLAPA (Cleft Lip & Palate Association)

Jonny – Music Venue Trust

Daniel – CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably)

Take a look at our Team page on Just Giving, have a read of our individual pages and find out why these charities are so close to our hearts:

www.justgiving.com/team/Layers2021challenge

 

Stay up to date with our efforts here: Layers.studio/2021km-challenge

 

We appreciate any donations, shares and encouragement along the way.