Steve & Vanessa's 1000 Mile Challenge

Steve & Vanessa's 1000 Mile Challenge


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Started on 28th February 2021 Kennington, England, United Kingdom

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Vanessa & Steve Allen posted an update on 9th March 2021

First 2 rides

Our first ride was a shortish (9 miles), but very nice ride - through Grandpoint nature park, passing South Oxford adventure playground, along some nice paths called Willow Walk and the "Devils backbone".

Taking the distance up a notch (doubling already!), last weekend was 18 miles, venturing to Abingdon and Milton on some smaller roads and discovering some corners of Oxfordshire we didn't know.  We were a bit tired and cold on return - hopefully it will get easier as the weather warms up and we get a bit fitter!

Vanessa & Steve Allen posted an update on 26th April 2021

260 Miles down and 2 months to go

Well, we've been enjoying our cycles and been spurred on by the challenge to go out more often that we would otherwise... but we're not quite on target for the 1000 miles by the end of June!  We're going to have to cycle longer and more often to make it.  All encouragement, in spirit or monetary, is very welcome.


We are aiming to cycle (or walk) 1000 miles by the end of June, to contribute towards Guideposts' Global Challenge. It will give us an extra incentive to get out regularly and improve our fitness.  If you are able to support us and give something to Guideposts, it will give us even more encouragement :-). 

Our aim is a combined 250 miles a month to reach this target.  As we're starting out the sun is shining and there's promise of spring - but no doubt there will be grey and rainy days ahead so we will need something to keep us going.

I (Vanessa) have worked at Guideposts for the last 6 months, and have been so impressed by the difference they make to people's lives. I'm really glad to be able to contribute to it in my work, and we are excited to be part of this challenge. 

The Guideposts Global Challenge is for the Guideposts Community as a team to walk the distance around the world (roughly 25K miles). These miles can be racked up through walking, running, cycling, swimming, or anything else. It's a great challenge that everyone can be part of, setting their own goals no matter their level of fitness or mobility. 

Please give us a sponsor to keep us motivated. Anything you can contribute will be massively appreciated.

It's time to get moving!

Vanessa and Steve xx

To find out more - or if you'd like to sign up to the Guideposts Global Challenge yourself, see 

More about Guideposts

Guideposts is a UK based charity working with people and local communities, to help them access the support, opportunities and skills they need to overcome social challenges, improve their wellbeing and change their lives.

We run a range of services that are focused on helping people to achieve their potential regardless of their circumstances. We connect people together so that they can experience the joy that comes from friendship, activity, learning, purpose and occupation. We love what we do and we love seeing people flourish. 

Many of the people we support come from the most disadvantaged groups in our society, including children and adults with additional needs and disabilities, people with mental health problems, older people with dementia and other neuro-degenerative conditions, and the families or carers of all these groups. We believe that all people should be equally valued and have an equal chance to live the best life possible, that is why we do what we do. 

Together we are the Guideposts community, helping each other to achieve better wellbeing.



Kathryn Parry commented

Go Vanessa and Steve! Happy cycling x

7th June 2021 at 1:17pm
Kathryn Parry pledged £30 + an est. £7.50 in Gift Aid
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Elizabeth Livings commented

Good luck to you both! We know you can do it!

7th March 2021 at 10:49am
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7th March 2021 at 10:48am
Stephen Jones commented

Great challenge, enjoy the rides!

6th March 2021 at 10:43pm
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Paul Dean commented

1000 miles in 3 months? I did it in 12 days!

6th March 2021 at 9:40pm
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6th March 2021 at 9:39pm
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6th March 2021 at 7:13pm