Outfit Moray’s Winter Challenge

Kickstart your New Year with our Winter Challenge and keep yourself active this January!

January can be gloomy month, with the sparkle of Christmas and New Year a distance memory and nothing to look forward to until Easter, and it can be difficult to keep motivated. We want to change all that, so we have created our Winter Challenge to get people outside, experiencing the beautiful January days, whilst raising vital funds for our work delivering outdoor learning and adventure activities for young people in Moray. If this sounds a little too cold for you, but you love the idea, why not sign up to our Summer Challenge in July.

The ‘Winter Challenge’ starts on New Year’s Day, so be ready! Participants can choose to cycle (indoor or out), run, walk, wheel or paddle the equivalent distance of either the North Coast 500, NE250 or Moray Way (or all three), as an individual or part of a virtual team or household. We have created a printable calendar to help you keep track of your challenge and have an online fundraising site for you sign up to and share for sponsorship, as well as a printable sponsorship form (all listed below).

As an incentive, and thank you, we will give an Outfit Moray goody bag and Belay Bear to anyone who raises more than £50, and we’ll plant a tree in our Trees for Life grove for anyone who raises over £100.

We will, of course, be sharing everyone’s stories on Facebook and Twitter (opt-out option available), so please do send us your photos.

Which route will be your challenge:
North Coast 500516 miles/830 km
NE250: 250 miles/402 km
Moray Way: 96 miles/154km
All Three: 862 miles/1,387km

We know you are going to have great fun, once you get outside, but don’t just take our word for it, here’s what some of our previous winter challenge participants have said …

Winter Challenge with Outfit Moray

January is a difficult month and I don’t usually do much walking or exercise outside because of the weather and dark nights, but having this challenge forced me to go out when I may have preferred to stay in. It has felt so good to be out in the fresh air and it’s great to clear the head.

Janice

Archie was struggling with his cycling confidence, but when our Bikeability team visited Knockando Primary School, they gave him a one-to-one session and he was away! Archie’s so happy he can ride his bike and wanted to help us to say thank you. Archie said the best thing about doing the challenge was all the wildlife he managed to see!

Archie (8 yrs)

Rohan needed to give up his beloved rugby due to health issues, so his family have been trying to find new activities for him and his mum’s super proud of his efforts. She says Rohan’s favourite thing was getting outside so often! The worst thing, cycling up hills and most memorable part was an epic 30 mile bike ride.

Rohan (11yrs)
We completed out 250 mile challenge and smashed what we were expecting to do. It’s been so much fun doing this challenge. It helped us all get outside and enjoy some fresh air during a difficult and busy January. I’d encourage anyone to try because, although daunting at first, it becomes a great fun to challenge yourself whilst knowing you’re giving a little back to others too. Thank you so much for organising it – we look forward to doing it again in the future.
Kirsty

I’m glad I did it, even when it was freezing I was always glad I’d gone out after. I would do another fundraiser

Fergus

It was good fun and raising money for Outfit Moray inspired me to get out.

Faith

Elijah has only recently completed one of our Bikeability courses but has set himself the challenge of cycling the distance of the Moray Way. He will be doing a minimum of 3 miles a day on his bike or walking to add up his miles.

Elijah (7 yrs)