Running to the moon at the Asda Foundation Derby Half Marathon

Runners asked to count their steps at the Asda Foundation Derby Half Marathon and help complete an astronomical challenge for local charities.

Runners at the Asda Foundation Derby Half Marathon have been asked to help complete an astronomical fundraising challenge and ‘walk to the moon’ on Sunday 3rd June.

The ‘walk to the moon’ challenge has been set by The Respiratory Team at Nottingham Universities Hospitals and the Nottingham Breathe Easy groups to promote regular exercise in Derby and Nottingham.

Those taking part have been asked to contribute whatever they can to the 238,900-mile journey and help collectively cover 478 million steps.

30 groups and over 200 individuals have already contributed to the challenge and accomplished a staggering 249,071,778 steps.

On Sunday 3rd June, the runners could rocket the steps count up into space. After completing the 13.1 miles at the Asda Foundation Derby Half Marathon, runners will have clocked up an amazing 22,270 steps each.

Runners looking to join the ‘walk to the moon’ at the Asda Foundation Derby Half Marathon should email They will then be sent a counting sheet to record their steps and are asked to send their their total steps count via email or text – number provided over email.

The runners are also invited to join the ‘walk to the moon’ gang after the half marathon on daily walks leading up to a final sponsored walk at the Victoria Embankment on Sunday 17th June.

Although the main objective of the ‘walk to the moon’ is to promote regular exercise, runners also have the option to help fundraise for both The British Lungs Foundation and Nottingham Hospitals Charity.

The British Lung Foundation provide hope, help and a voice for everyone affected by lung disease through their support networks. There are over 230 groups across the UK. To learn more please visit their website here.

Nottingham Hospitals Charity are currently raising money for a painless carbon dioxide monitoring machine. Patients have blood samples taken from an artery which can be painful. Dr Sovani and a team are working on a research project to introduce painless carbon dioxide monitoring using a skin probe to reduce blood samples. To find out more please visit their website here.

If you have been inspired and wish to run the Asda Foundation Derby Half Marathon, there is still time to sign up here!

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