RMP Freshers Challenge | Lands End to John o'Groats!
Last year, we visited over 30 freshers fairs across the land, travelling well over 4,000 cumulative miles across what is two of the busiest weeks for the marketing team.
With COVID-19 putting a stop to all that, there was a welcome relief from some of the team not living on trains, eating their lunch in one-bite intervals 20 mins apart and talking non-stop about the importance of work experience.
Fresh-faced and full of a vivacious bubbling of both excitement and trepidation, we ensure that alongside students signing up for free pizza from Dominos and any society that twinkles their easily-turned eye, they have the other eye on their career and introduce them to RateMyPlacement and the Top Undergraduate Employers they may wish to apply for when the furore of freshers week is over.
So without the freshers fair festivities, what better way to keep the team both physically and mentally focused for a busy Autumn period by embarking on a freshers challenge. In usual circumstances, September sees the RMP team travel the length and breadth of the country to all the freshers fairs across the UK, so why not travel the length and breadth of the country virtually?
Lands End in South West England to John o’Groats in North East Scotland is the tip-to-toe distance many endurance athletes see as Britain's most gruelling challenge. So, between the 40 of us in the RMP team, we set off on our own freshers challenge, to walk, run or cycle the 1,083 miles virtually over a two week period!
There were early morning circuits of Royal Parks, pavements pounded throughout London and beautiful river walks from our Bristol contingent. Sophie Baldry managed to save a lost dog on one of her walks, Charley Edwards and Laura Wood defied dietary advice finding a pre-run KFC inspired them - no idea how - and Rory Brown ended up running with his broken bike the final 12 miles of his epic 69 mile cycle to Brighton!
All in all, after 217 activities across the team, we travelled our 1,083rd mile at 3:45pm on the final day of the two weeks and virtually landed in John o’Groats to complete the challenge.
Huge thanks to all RMP team members who got involved, a fantastic challenge expertly completed!