The Essex Coastal Challenge

Take part in the Essex Coastal Challenge

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Photo:  Eleanor Church

Walk, run or cycle - the choice is yours!

Join the challenge and help us to fundraise £17,500 for your favourite local wildlife charity this August.

You set your own goal - 3.5 miles, 35 miles or the full 350 miles which is the equivalent of the Essex coastline throughout Marine Month this August. Get all your friends and family to sponsor you! Whatever your fitness level, you can take part – and you don’t even have to be near the coast. You can even do the challenge from home.

Discover the coast from home

Here’s the best bit – we can bring the coast to you! Throughout Challenge Month, learn all about Essex's stunning coastline with Essex Wildlife Trust. We’ll take you on an incredible virtual journey through this precious place of wonder, a section at a time. By the end of the month, you will have explored the entire coast in all its beauty:

Explore coastal towns and Essex’s precious natural habitats
Pass unique landmarks and pause to appreciate key species
Pass through our coastal nature reserves and nature discovery centres
Learn about our conservation work and projects all along the coast

Once you have completed the challenge you will receive a beautiful Essex Coastal Challenge medal as a thank you for taking part.

Register by 1st August and join us on a coastal adventure…

Essex Coastal Challenge

Challenge ideas

All challenge ideas are based on the number 350 because that’s the length of our incredible coastline. Come up with your own idea or choose one of ours! You can do many of these ideas in your local area and some of them you can do even from your own home.

Thurrock Thameside Nature Park

3.5 miles

Get creative with 3.5 miles across Marine Month – that’s less than a mile each weekend. Hop, skip and jump it. Do it in fancy dress with the kids. 

Or work your way up to running 3.5 miles by the end of the month with a couch-to-5k app (ok, 3.5 miles is a tiny bit more than 5k but not much…)

3.5 miles isn’t enough, but 35 miles sounds daunting? How about committing to 3.5 miles each week? That’s just 800 metres a day. By the end of the month, you’ll have done a half-marathon!

Beach at Colne Point

Photo - Peter Bowden 

35 miles

Get out on your bike and go for a beautiful 35 mile cycle.

35 miles is more than a marathon – by walking just over a mile a day for a month, you’ll have covered the equivalent of a tenth of the coast!

There are 10 weekend days in August; walk or run 3.5 miles on each of them.

Are you a marathon runner? Start and end Marine Month with a 17.5 mile run.


The whole 350 miles

There are 5 weekends in August. Challenge yourself with a 70-mile weekly Sunday cycle.

Planned to cycle to work and never got round to it? Cycle 16.7 miles every week day in August.

f you’re an experienced walker, you can walk the equivalent of the whole coast over Marine Month by committing to 11.3 miles a day.

Or if you’re a keen cyclist and looking for a bigger challenge, cycle the equivalent of the whole coast and back again this August, clocking up 700 miles.


Team up to cover 350 miles together

Get your team at work or a group of friends together and pledge to walk the whole thing between you. For example, 10 of you could cover 35 miles by walking just over a mile a day.

Or organise a running group – our coast is roughly the equivalent of 27 half-marathons

Team up with a partner and commit to a daily 5.6 mile cycle together, maybe with the family too

Wivenhoe Trail

Some other ideas

Set your steps target to 11,666 steps a day and achieve 350,000 steps over August

Even if you’re not collecting sponsorship for a fitness challenge, you can still challenge yourself in other ways. Record 350 plant and animal species in your area, commit to learning all about 35 coastal birds or learn to meditate: spend 3.5 hours each weekend switching off from technology and getting a dose of nature.