CVS announces return of its popular Team Distance Challenge

19th Feb, 2024

  • Colleague Benefits

CVS has announced the return of its popular Team Distance Challenge.

Here, teams of colleagues throughout CVS compete to see who can go the farthest over a four week period.

The Team Distance Challenge is open to all colleagues within CVS, at any fitness level. Teams are made up of five people, with one nominated team captain.

To take part colleagues just need to walk, run, swim, cycle or row as far as they can over a four week period. Prizes are awarded to the winning teams, both for distances covered and for each of the challenges that are held.

There is also a range of challenges where additional prizes can be earned. Examples from last year include ‘photography bingo’, where teams had to collect photos of buildings or objects when they were out exercising - including a church, a waterfall and a trig point.

Last year CVS had 128 teams and 612 competitors who travelled a total weighted distance of 155,157km, or around 96,410 miles, which is over 12 times round the earth!

The CVS Team Distance Challenge competition will run from the 4th March to the 31st March. Eligible sports include walking and running (combined), cycling, swimming and rowing. Each discipline is be weighted to give an overall score, for example, 1km of running will be worth more points than 1km of cycling. The registration deadline is Friday 1st March.

Ian Bellis, organiser and Clinical Director of CVS’ Equicall service, said:  

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“Our Team Distance Challenge is a great way to get outdoors, get some exercise, and enjoy the company of friends and colleagues. 

We know exercise is an important aspect of maintaining good mental health. Studies show regular exercise reduces symptoms of depression and anxiety and improves overall cognitive function, plus, being outdoors in nature has a positive impact on mental wellbeing. So this makes our event hugely beneficial for participants.

We look forward to welcoming everybody to this year’s competition and hope that they all have a fantastic time!”  

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CVS Group operates across small animal, farm animal, equine, laboratories and crematoria, with over 500 veterinary practices and referral centres in the UK, the Republic of Ireland and the Netherlands. In the last five years the company has invested nearly £80 million in its sites, facilities and equipment, in addition to industry leading training and support, to give the best possible care to animals.