100 Day Challenge – Bristol Half Marathon Photos

16th October 2019

The 100 Day Challenge 2019 saw nearly 100 dedicated supporters train for 100 Days before running the Great Bristol Half Marathon for Empire Fighting Chance on Sunday 15th September.

In preparation for their half marathon, each team member was given a professionally-designed 100 day training plan to follow. Growing in difficulty each week whilst allowing suitable periods for rest and recovery, their plans (designed by former Marine and Empire Fighting Chance Coach, Dan Smart) enable even those who’ve never run before to go the distance. In addition, runners received complimentary access to BoxFit classes at Bristol Boxing Gym to improve strength, and Bootcamp sessions over the summer to tailor their training and get to know the other runners. 

Race day was incredible with friends and family lining the route to cheer on their loved ones including at our volunteer-led cheer stations around the city. The team met outside Las Iguanas, Millennium Square for photos and final good lucks before they headed to the start line. 

#TeamEmpire is made up of both experienced and new runners, meaning we had a huge amount of blue vests in every race wave… and one runner who decided to push himself even further by running in a panda costume! After the race we met up with runners at The Spin bar for some well-deserved drinks at The 100 Day Challenge after party to celebrate their achievements. 

While some of our team have done long-distance running in the past, for many, this was the first time they’d ever ran. So we we’re incredibly proud when every single #TeamEmpire runner successfully finished the half marathon (in some very quick times too!) and it proves what you’re capable of with some extra perseverance and determination. 

Every runner collected sponsorship from family and friends towards their challenge, with a target of £100. A large number of runners more than tripled their target too! In total, #TeamEmpire raised a whopping £12,170 for The 100 Day Challenge 2019 – every penny of which will help to transform young lives at Empire Fighting Chance. 

If you’re interested in taking on The 100 Day Challenge 2020, please contact sophie@empirefightingchance.org