Feisty 50 Fitness Challenge Roundup

For the first 50 days of 2021, Durham alumni, family and friends set out to test their fitness, hang on to those New Year's resolutions, and come together in the name of health and wellbeing in a way, unlike anything we’ve ever done before. As a community, we've rekindled our motivation, inspired one another, smashed goals and personal records, lost weight, had a little break in our lockdown routines, and worked-out with our Durham friends around the world.

We wanted to thank everyone who participated in this first-ever alumni fitness challenge and take a minute to celebrate some of our collective achievements as a community. We hope that you will use the motivation gained from this Challenge to imbed so regular fitness habits. Scroll down for some ideas.

Feisty Stats

  • 544 alumni, friends and supporters signed up for the challenge. Our second-largest event in Durham alumni history.
  • Throughout this 6 week long, 12 challenge event 1,137 scores were submitted!
  • Our athletes covered a staggering 27,814.8 kilometres on Strava throughout the duration of the Challenge.
  • The challenge engaged alumni from 22 different countries: Andorra, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, New Zealand, People’s Republic of China, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, UK, United States Virgin Islands, and the USA.
  • The average weekly attendance was 189
  • 16 teams saw the challenge through to the end! Massive well done to Cheeky Ken's, Durham Dullies, Emmanuel, Hot Hockey Toddies, John Metcalf's Monkey Tennis Team, Paragreenies, PG31, Priory, Slits get Fit, Socratics, Straight Outta DARO, Team Devon, The Sloths, TheHolme, Fast & Furious and the Webbos! Shoutout to PG31 who are planning on repeating the full 6-week programme!
  • 71 athletes did both the first and final test, of that group 59 (83%) improved on their week 1 scores, 4 achieved the same score, and only 7 had a slight decline.
  • 8 athletes improved on their original score by more than 100 reps, and another 6 athletes improved by 70-98 reps! Special shoutout to athlete scoxlade, who did the final workout twice in a row for a mind-blowing 982 reps (455 then 473!)
  • You can view your scores and see how your friends and teammates on the Challenge leader boards.

Feisty Feedback

As this was the first time we have run a challenge like this we would be incredibly interested in any feedback you have to share with us. We have created a survey here. It should only take around 4 minutes to complete.

See what other Durham Alumni are up to on Strava

View Past Workouts

Week 1 - Monday 11th Jan
Week 1 - Thursday 14th Jan
Week 2- Monday 18th Jan
Week 2 - Thursday 21st Jan
Week 3 - Monday 25th Jan
Week 3 - Thursday 28th Jan
Week 4 - Monday 1st Feb
Week 4 - Thursday 4th Feb
Week 5 - Monday 8th Feb
Week 5 - Thursday 11th Feb
Week 6 - Monday 15th Feb
Week 6 - Thursday 18th Feb

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