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A-K-A Day in May, in memory of Robert Rowan

A-K-A-DAY is a charity challenge designed to encourage and support your health and wellbeing throughout the month of May and beyond, and to raise funds, in the memory of Robert Rowan

1 May 2022

A-K-A-DAY is a charity challenge designed to encourage and support your health and wellbeing throughout the month of May and beyond. It aims to inspire people of all ages and abilities to get out and move for at least 1km each day.

Walk, run, skate, cycle, roll – you can cover the distance any way you want to. You can also choose a combination of activities; run one day and walk the next, so long as you cover the daily distance. There are a variety of distances to suit any age and level of fitness ranging from a half km challenge for our youngest participants right up to 5km for those looking to clock up some serious miles over the course of the month.

A-K-A-Day are asking for a £15 donation to take part in the challenge to support CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) and you can choose the distance you want to cover each day. There is discount available for our younger Bumble Bees as detailed below. 

  • Bumble Bee: 0.5k day (under 5s, including pram miles, £5 entry fee)
  • Worker Bee: 1k a day
  • Drone Bee: 2k a day
  • Queen Bee: 5k a day

The challenge is in loving memory of Robert Rowan who was tragically taken from us in November 2018 at just 28 years of age. Robert was a football fanatic and was immensely proud to be employed as Technical Director for Brentford Football Club.

Robert’s life was cut short due to an undiagnosed heart condition and he passed away in his sleep. It is estimated that around 12 people under the age of 35 die each week in the UK, from undiagnosed heart conditions.

CRY are committed to reducing this number through awareness, screening, and research. The charity also offer support to those families and friends, like Robert’s, who have been affected by a sudden loss. CRY have a dedicated fund set up in Robert’s name and the money raised from this event will be given directly to this fund in order to facilitate heart screening sessions for young people in our local communities.

If you sign up, at the end of May, you’ll receive an email form to complete, which will ask for evidence that you have completed the challenge. There are various ways to record your workouts from well-known apps like Strava and Map My Run to a more traditional paper tracker. How you record your distance is up to you, evidence such as a screenshot, picture or spreadsheet is needed showing you have completed the distance. Once the evidence has been submitted and verified, you will receive a bespoke A-K-A-DAY medal in the post.

Visit A-K-A-Day’s Frequently Asked Questions page for more information on evidence submission.

Sign up for the challenge here.

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