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Sport and Active Lifestyles: Walking Challenges

Kingston University has three new walking challenges for the new academic year.

These challenges are great ways to have fun, keep fit and there are prizes to be won.

The PICTUREesque Path Everyday Challenge

  • Can you walk, jog, run or cycle in to campus?
  • Can you walk, jog, run or cycle part of your journey in to campus?
  • Can you walk, jog or cycle between campus sites?

Take the challenge

  • Choose one of the above options and start planning your new PICTUREesque path.
  • Stick to your new PICTUREesque path for four weeks, rain or shine, starting on 14 September 2020.
  • Take a photo along your path, every day, for four weeks #pictureperfectevidence #photoproofeveryday

Positive reasons to take up this challenge

  • Win a £50 voucher and a book for the most interesting photos and distances travelled.
  • Improve your physical fitness.
  • Reduce stress and anxiety.
  • Fewer health issues.
  • Improve your mental wellbeing
  • Time to organise your mind, positive mindset
  • Save money on travel costs.
  • Avoid crowded public transport.

How to take part

  • Simply register your interest with the Sport and Active Lifestyle Team and let us know which path you will be taking.
  • Send us your photo evidence each day along with your distance travelled.

Registration and photos to be sent to Jo Heath, Sports Development Manager at

The Plogging Challenge

What is Plogging?

Plogging is a Swedish fitness craze that combines exercise and eco-friendly activity. The idea is simple: go out for a walk, jog or run and pick up any plastic you find on your route.

What is the challenge?

For four weeks, starting on 12 October 2020, grab yourself a pair of gloves and a bin liner and go out plogging as many times as you can. (Following Covid guidelines for PPE and social distancing at all times)

Why take up the challenge?

  • Win yourself a £50 voucher and a book for being our top plogger. This is awarded for the most amount of plastic collected and most trips out.
  • Improve your health and well-being
  • Create a positive impact on your local environment and community
  • Clock up volunteering hours and points for the Kingston Awards
  • Enhance your CV and employability by engaging in extra-curricular activities
  • Enhance your HEARS report for future employers
  • Inspire others

How to take part

Simply register your interest with the Sport and Active Lifestyle Team to get all the details.

Contact Jo Heath, Sports Development Manager at

The Great Big Walking Challenge

Do you ever read the word 'challenge' and think that's just not for me? Why not change your mindset, maybe for the first time, and simply give it a go?

You don't have to be great to start but you do need to start to be great. Starting on 9 November 2020, make a pledge to yourself to start walking wherever you can instead of using public transport or driving. Count and log your steps on the free step counting app called the 'StepsApp Pedometer'.

Clock up your steps for five weeks by walking all, or part, of your journey to university, walking between sites, taking the stairs, going for long walks in your free time or even building up to a jog or run if you can. Maybe even increase your step count by doing an online dance class or sports activity such as tennis.

Will you be the greatest walker, clocking up the most steps and claiming the prize of a Fitbit (worth £75) and £50 voucher? Even if you are not the greatest we can guarantee you'll feel great for taking up this challenge. Make your pledge with friends and family and keep each other motivated to keep going for five weeks until 13 December 2020.

To take up the challenge, register your pledge with the Sport and Active Lifestyle Team, and we will support and encourage you to keep going over the five weeks.

Contact Jo Heath, Sports Development Manager, for all the details, via

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