June 2018 might have seen some of the hottest and driest weather on record for the UK but we’ll also remember it for the first ever 30:30 Challenge in Essex.
The month started on a high with blue skies as the team met with Campaign Ambassador, double Olympic gold medallist, GB gymnast, Max Whitlock at Basildon Sporting Village – and ended on a scorcher as the team joined the staff at Writtle College for a village litter pick.
But what did we do in between?
We thought now the excitement has calmed down, we’d take a little run through just what went down in June in Essex. It was all about getting outside, supporting each other and getting Essex more active.
June 1. Press call with Max Whitlock MBE. The team are on BBC Look East, Heart Essex and other local news channels.
June 2. Campaign Ambassador Karen is on BBC Radio Essex breakfast show with Kath Melandri, joined by GB Gymnast and Campaign Ambassador, Brinn Bevan and Owen Ward who agree to #takethechallenge.
June 3. Barry Hearn, director of Matchroom Sport gets behind the 30:30 Challenge.
June 4. Schools go back after half term and we have a great sign up across Essex including pre-schools, primary schools, secondary schools and colleges.
June 5. Campaign Champion, Richard Naylor-Jones takes part in a gentle walk at Hadleigh Park on the all ability trail.
June 6. Challenger Vicki Hipwell was perhaps most diligent in keeping up with daily challenges but it was this video, of a very hot, very active bellringing practice (which included bat watching) that we loved the best).
June 7. James Cleverly, MP for Braintree announces he is taking part in the 30:30 Challenge.
June 8. The #3030Essex team publish a ‘call to action’ video for the challenge. Are you ready to #takethechallenge.
June 9: Dr Walker’s school head teacher gets stuck into the challenge and posts this fantastic rounders video!
June 10: Throughout June, the team at Active Essex put on weekly, workplace workouts at County Hall.
June 11: #3030Essex Campaign Ambassador Karen visits an Active Essex Foundation funded project, ‘Let’s Keep Moving’ at Canvey Island and even ends up taking the class.
Campaign Champion Paul Mumford talks all things #3030Essex with Tony Fisher on BBC Radio Essex.
June 12: Throughout the month we share inspirational stories and motivation on how to beat activity blocks, this is one of our most read blog posts: https://www.3030essex.com/from_cant_to_can_think_you_cant_run_think_again/
June 13: #3030Essex Campaign Ambassador keeps wicket for CEO of Essex County Council, Gavin Jones at Essex County Cricket Club, where he announces he is not only backing, but joining in with the challenge.
June 14: Throughout June, the Dance Network Association post daily dance workouts on Twitter. It’s also ‘dance every day for a week’ challenge day.
June 16: Our Campaign Ambassadors like Gymnastics Coach, Scott Hann MBE are posting regularly about their daily challenge participation and how they are encouraging others to join in.
June 17: Official Fanuel, Campaign Champion keeps us entertained throughout June with his free running and parkour, but this is one of our favourites. Spiderman anyone?
June 18: Campaign HQ moves to the Hockey Stadium at the Olympic Park for the day, where Active Essex Foundation Trustee, Azeem Akhtar announces his support and vision for the #3030Essex Challenge.
Campaign Ambassador Karen and Active Essex Foundation Trustee, Jason Fergus join GB Paralympic Wheelchair Sprinter, Richard Chiassaro at Mark Hall Athletics Track for training and to find out why he is backing the Campaign, just days after he becomes World Record Holder over 800m.
June 19: We interview Active Essex Foundation trustee and former GB sprinter, Jason Fergus to find out why he’s backing the challenge and his visions for the future of #3030Essex.
June 20: We encourage all of Essex to blow bubbles!
June 21: Throughout June we meet up with Campaign Champions who are helping to promote the challenge in their groups and workplaces. Our most popular challenger is Jim Price, former Infantryman, now community fitness instructor.
June 22: Throughout June, lots of people try new things, including their first parkruns, like Challenger Mel Huggins and her mum.
June 23: We also encourage novices to start running, inspired by stories like challenger Amanda Herbert who was previously afraid of running.
June 24: Throughout June we share some inspirational stories from Essex residents who have overcome adversity through activity. One of our favourites is from #ThisGirlCanEssex Ambassador Amy Smith, who fell in love with exercise after a badly broken leg.
June 25: #3030Essex Campaign Ambassador Karen, meets up with Development Lead for the Active Essex Foundation, Louise Voyce who explains how the #3030Essex Challenge is helping the most vulnerable communities in Essex and what more funding could achieve in the county.
June 26th: We announce our ‘Most Inspiring Challenger’ competition winner, Paula Hinds.
“Paula (Hinds) is my inspiration! Not only is she a mum of two but she is also studying at University AND manages to fit in her 30mins and some! She has inspired me to try some new things including tennis and she is always there with a encouraging yell if our Intensity Class is pushing me to my limits! Paula is amazing and so deserves the recognition!”
June 27th: We interview director of public health for Essex, Mike Gogarty to find out how he is taking part in the challenge and why he’s backing it.
June 28th: The day of the Essex Summer School Games at Basildon Sporting Village. #3030Essex Campaign Ambassador Karen warms up the assembled schools before primary schools across Essex join in with what is like a mini Olympics for the county.
#3030Essex Campaign Ambassador Karen and Active Essex Foundation Trustee Jason Fergus visit Margaretting Primary School, to find out how this small school, that doesn’t even have its own playing field is taking part in the #3030Essex Challenge.
Karen and Jason finish the day at Hadleigh Park to meet up with Councillor Ray Gooding to find out why he is supporting the challenge, and take a spin around the training mountain bike track with Campaign Champion, Billy Ray Mansell.
June 29th: For the final working day of the challenge, #3030Essex team join Writtle College staff for a lunchtime litter pick around the village.
June 30th: The month closes with a final check in with BBC Radio Essex Breakfast Show, where Karen joins presenter Kath Melandri for a round up of the #3030Essex Challenge.
So they were our highlights. What were yours?