Commit To Get Far

Join us in our post-Christmas challenge: to support you we're providing free Sussexsport membership to participants between 18 January-27 January!

Can you go the distance and get from Land's End to John O'Groats in our post-Christmas challenge? Our virtual route covers 900 miles and takes you from Land's End, the most south westerly point of Britain, to John O’Groats - the most northeast position in Scotland. 

We are inviting staff to go on a virtual journey of the UK’s most iconic point-to-point challenge for this year's Commit to Get Far. Our annual distance-based event is a great way to kick off your new year health and fitness goals. And unlike previous years, the challenge goes at your own pace: complete the virtual trek in 10 days, four months or throughout 2017, it's up to you!

Your challenge is to traverse the route by covering 'miles' collected by getting active, clocking up the distance to 'visit' the destinations on the map. The journey starts at Land's End and moves across the UK, passing through major cities, national parks and iconic attractions and totaling a whopping 900 miles. Take on the challenge as an individual, or share the miles by forming a team with colleagues - either in your department or across campus. No minimum or maximum numbers of people are required per team, for more information check out our handy FAQs

The number of 'miles' you cover will be calculated according to activity: cycling (including indoor cycling classes); walking; rowing and running count as actual mileage to the challenge, so keep track of everything you do - we can recommend lots of good apps! Any other activities will get you or your team one mile for every 15 minutes of activity, so an hour of yoga, Zumba, swimming, badminton etc. will give you four miles.

How you get the miles in is up to you, but make sure to include all the activity that you complete throughout the challenge: whether it's a cycle at the weekend or walking the dog, everything counts! 

To support you, we will be giving all participants 10 days of free Sussexsport membership between 18 January-27 January. So get those valuable travel miles in by trying some group exercise classes, using the fitness rooms or playing a game of badminton or squash.

And if you'd like to get outside and explore the campus countryside join us for social running on Thursday lunchtimes. Runs are relaxed, low-key and social and designed to fit into staff lunch breaks. Throughout January we also have staff-only bouldering sessions at Boulder Brighton in Portslade, a great opportunity to try something new.

There will also be lots of special events on for the 10 days kickstarting the challenge. No need to book, these drop-in lunchtime events are open to all participants: 

  • Wednesday 18 January: 1pm–2pm Volleyball (Sport Centre)
  • Friday 20 January: 1pm–2pm Table Tennis / Badminton (Sport Centre)
  • Monday 23 January: 12.10pm–12.50pm Stanmer Park Walk (meet at the Sport Centre)
  • Tuesday 24 January: 1pm–2pm Volleyball (Sport Centre)
  • Wednesday 25 January: 12.10pm–12.50pm Stanmer Park Walk (meet at Sport Centre)
  • Friday 27 January: 1pm-2pm Badminton, Table Tennis and Short Tennis (Sport Centre)

Eating well and getting a good night's sleep will help you during the challenge. So sign up for a free Sleep Well Workshop with Karen Creffield from 10am-12 noon, Tuesday 24 January, in the Library's Barlow Gallery. You can book your place from 9am on Thursday 12 January by emailing

Participants will receive a poster map showing the route of the challenge and the key destinations along the way. When you or your team reaches a destination, you'll receive a postcard celebrating your progress that you can fix to the map to keep track of your journey.

In previous years Commit to Get Far has been a 10-day event, but this year it’s only the start of the challenge. We want you to make activity part of every week from the start of the journey. Set a goal of weeks, months or even the whole year to complete the distance and challenge each other or yourself to reach John O'Groats - the final destination - through 900 miles of activity. We'll be on hand near the finish line to provide lots of ideas about how you can commit to go further and continue to increase your health and fitness goals across the year.

The deadline for entries is Wednesday 11 January. To register for the challenge, contact Sam Fuller:

Commit to Get Far map 2017 Land's End to John O'GroatsRoute:

 DestinationMiles coveredDistance to next destination
Land's End


135 miles

135 miles

131 miles

266 miles

78 miles

344 miles

86 miles

430 miles

90 miles

520 miles

124 miles

644 miles

86 miles
Aviemore 67 miles
Dornoch Firth Bridge

817 miles

82 miles
John O'Groats Challenge completed!