Ark Sports Day Challenge

Thursday 25 June 2020


With sports days unable to take place this year, Blacklands is taking part in the Ark Sports Day Challenge - to get the schools across the Ark network to collectively cycle, run and walk the distance around the world. It is 40,000km!

Ark Blacklands has set a target distance of 1000 km (the approximate distance from Hastings to Berlin, Germany) which we need to complete during the two weeks of the challenge, from the 1st to 15th July. Who knows, we might go further!

​To achieve this goal, we would like everyone to complete a distance of 1k, 3k, or 5km by running, walking, cycling, scooting or something else creative. Going up and down the stairs at home 143 times will get you to 1km! Regardless of your ability, everybody can join in.

But this is not just for children! We would like our whole community to take part. So that means parents of course and any other members of the family. Our only limitation is we unfortunately cannot include any distance from family pets.

We need to act in accordance to social distance rules and to be sensible at this time, but being active and getting outside, even if for 15 minutes, is very important to maintaining good health – physically and mentally.

Participants will be able to compete across multiple challenges: including the longest distance, best achievement, and fastest time. You can also create a team and enter as a family.

In addition to having lots of fun doing this together, we are hoping to raise money for our school. Everything the school raises will be more than doubled thanks to match funding: every £1 donated with gift aid is worth £2.50. We know this is a very difficult time for many – so please do not consider it a requirement to raise sponsorship money or donate to take part. We want everyone to take part: it really is the taking part that counts!

To sign up, all you need to do is visit:

If you can’t access this site, let the school know and we can give you a paper form to complete. For regular updates, come back here or visit the Ark Blacklands Facebook page.

We would love you to be a part of our sports day with a difference. We look forward to seeing what challenges everyone sets themselves!

Let's inspire each other with what we can achieve together.