4 Nov

5000 Complete 5x50 Challenge

Three of the 5x50 team in Glasgow.

Over 5000 people from 43 countries took part in the 5x50 challenge which finished on Sunday (28 October). The communal fitness task required people to run, walk, jog or cycle 5k every day for 50 days with the aim of changing habits for a lifetime and raising money for charity.

Celebrities including Michelle McManus and Dougie Vipond participated in the challenge which has so far raised £63,000 for various charities. The 2013 Challenge will kick off on Sunday 31 March.

Emma MacLeod from Glasgow regularly takes part in races so decided to give 5x50 a go. She said of the experience: "The 50 days went in a lot quicker than I expected it to. I already did a bit of running and cycling two or three times a week so it didn't feel like I had to do too much extra. That said, there were several occasions when I really had to push myself for the motivation to get up and do the 5k where normally I wouldn't have made it out.

"Taking part in the challenge was great as it gave me the extra bit of motivation I needed on the difficult days. It has made me realise that generally it's not that difficult to squeeze in some exercise on a daily basis and I'm hoping to keep it up in the future."

A big supporter of the challenge is Dr Andrew Murray who is best known for running from John O'Groats to the Sahara. On 23 November he will attempt an epic ultra challenge, Run the World, which involves competing in the Ice Marathon in Antarctica and then trying to run at least 50 km on each of the world's 7 continents on consecutive days. 5x50 organisers are encouraging people to get involved by running at least 5km per day for the seven days Dr Murray does the challenge.

The 5x50 team said: "We will collectively try and run 5 times round the world in the same week meaning we need to cover 200,040 kms. We therefore need all of you to sign up and also get a friend to join you in taking part in the challenge."

For more information visit the 5x50 website.