22 December 2014
After the excess of Christmas and New Year, the beginning of 2015 will no doubt see much of the nation pledging to ‘get fit’ or ‘lose those extra few pounds’. Whilst we all have the best intentions, it can be tough to stick to those resolutions in the cold winter months. To get your year off to a positive start, Macmillan Cancer Support is looking for even more people to sign up to be a 2015 Team Macmillan hero.
In 2014 over 30,000 people took part in a challenge event for Macmillan, raising money to help ensure no-one faces cancer alone. With something on offer for everyone - from 5k fun run's to overseas cycling adventures and everything in between – one of the hundreds of events that Macmillan have on offer is sure to tick at least one New Year Resolution box, and hopefully offer that extra bit of incentive.
Jantastic, the New Year fitness challenge is back again with Macmillan Cancer Support as its official partner. Jantastic is a unique digital challenge that gives individuals and teams the structure and motivation to achieve their New Year fitness goals throughout the tough winter months.
The challenge begins on 5th January 2015 and participants will be able to set fitness targets in running, cycling and swimming (or a combination of the three), with the option of raising money for Macmillan. In 2014 over 21,000 people logged in excess of one million miles and the aim is to get the nation covering over 5 million miles as part of their 2015 New Year resolutions. For more information or to sign up, visit www.jantastic.me.
Macmillan’s top event picks of 2015
Triathlon - If one sport isn’t enough for you, why not sign up to take part in one of many Triathlons taking place across the UK. With Olympic, sprint or super sprint distances available in the London Triathlon which takes place in August, it’s a great for people of all abilities. Or take things to the next level and sign up to take part in one of many Ironman event’s throughout the year for Macmillan.
Running - If great routes and passionate crowds get you going the Great North Run, which takes you across the iconic Tyne Bridge and has a fantastic atmosphere, could be the event for you. Or involve the whole family at the Edinburgh marathon festival. If speedy sightseeing is your thing, then pounding the pavements of Paris in the Paris Marathon could be the European challenge for you.
Bike - If you fancy taking on the pro’s in 2015 the brand new closed road ride Velothon Wales takes place in June. Or if you want a really impressive New Year’s resolution why not try a multi day overseas adventures such as the Macmillan Vietnam to Cambodia cycle.
Something a bit different: If you’ve decided that 2015 is the year to really challenge yourself, Macmillan offers various treks; climb to the roof top of Africa in our incredible Kilimanjaro Trek, battle through the night to conquer Ben Nevis or take in one of the seven wonders of the world with the Peru Inca Trail which culminates in a visit to Machu Picchu.
To look through the full range of challenge events you can take on for Macmillan Cancer Support go to www.macmillan.org.uk/getinvolved
For further information please contact
Gabrielle Taylor or Catherine McCaskie at the Macmillan Cancer Support Press Office on 020 7 091 2063 GTaylor@macmillan.org.uk or firstname.lastname@example.org
About Macmillan Cancer Support
When you have cancer, you don’t just worry about what will happen to your body, you worry about what will happen to your life. Whether it’s concerns about who you can talk to, planning for the extra costs or what to do about work, at Macmillan we understand how a cancer diagnosis can take over everything.
That’s why we’re here. We provide support that helps people take back control of their lives. But right now, we can’t reach everyone who needs us. We need your help to make sure that people affected by cancer get the support they need to face the toughest fight of their life. No one should face cancer alone, and with your support no one will.
To get involved, call 0300 1000 200 today. And please remember, we’re here for you too. If you’d like support, information or just to chat, call us free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm) or visit macmillan.org.uk