Doing a 5K the socially distanced way

June 25, 2020

Although the coronavirus pandemic has meant that we cannot take part in charity events and activities in the way we might wish, it doesn’t mean that all fundraising activities are on hold. Instead, people have had to get creative and find alternative ways to take part in charity challenges while keeping safe and maintaining social distancing.

A team from ADAS (an RSK company), for example, will be taking part in a socially distanced 5 km run on 19 July.

ADAS 5k team

Ryan Harris, Andy Selman, James Packer, Gemma French and Aisa Irvine from the ADAS team (picture taken before social distancing)

“As a team, we decided to get together this year to complete a Tough Mudder challenge and raise money for charity… then the world then came to a bit of a standstill and everything was put on hold for the time being,” explains ADAS Senior Ecologist Gemma French.

“In these strange times, where people are being isolated, working from home and generally not seeing many other human beings, we thought that we would come up with a good way to connect our team, keep up with the original training (although the Tough Mudder challenge has now been postponed until next year), get fitter, support each other and show solidarity through these uncertain times. So, we decided to take part in a ‘Socially Distanced 5 km’.

“We have now picked a date and we all plan to undertake the run or walk (or crawl – some of us haven’t been for a run since leaving school!) at our different locations, but we will all be together in spirit!”

The team will be completing the challenge for different charities, including RSK’s chosen charity WaterAid. Another is the World Land Trust, which is vital for providing funding to grassroots conservation. They purchase land around the world to ensure that threatened habitats are protected, whilst empowering local communities. Their ‘Keepers of the Wild’ programme helps to give local people the skills to become ambassadors for these protected areas.

“As a socially responsible international company which knows the importance of local knowledge, ADAS is proud to support the vital work undertaken by the World Land Trust to preserve such areas for future generations,” Gemma adds.

You can find out more about the challenge and sponsor the team on their JustGiving pages: JustGiving page for WaterAid and JustGiving page for the World Land Trust.


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