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Call out to walkers, runners and bakers to join Sir Tom 100 challenge

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Walkers encouraged to join the Captain Tom 100 challenge later this month (Image credit: Getty Images)

You could choose to walk 100 laps of a track, run 100km, hop 100 metres, cycle 100 miles or even bake 100 small cakes as part of a new fundraising campaign in memory of Captain Tom Moore.

Launched this week, on the anniversary of the day that the late Sir Tom set out to walk around his garden, the Captain Tom 100 initiative calls for people to take on a challenge focused on the number 100.

The fund-raiser will run from Friday April 30, which would have been Sir Tom's 101st birthday, and finishes on May 3.

Cash will go to The Captain Tom Foundation.

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What will you do to join the Captain Tom 100 challenge? (Image credit: Captain Tom 100)

Captain Tom Moore's legacy


On April 6, 2020, Sir Tom set out to walk 100 laps of his garden to thank the NHS heroes of the Covid-19 crisis. He went on to raise an incredible £38.9 million for the NHS Covid-19 appeal.

His simple message of hope – “Tomorrow will be a good day” – inspired millions around the world and brought comfort to many people during the pandemic.

Sir Tom passed away earlier this year, just two months short of his 101st birthday.

To honour his fund-raising achievement, the Captain Tom 100 encourages as many people as possible to walk, run, cycle, bake cakes or whatever, so long as it is focused on the number 100.

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The late Captain Tom and one of his daughters, Hannah Ingram-Moore  (Image credit: Captain Tom 100)

Ideas for Captain Tom 100

Walk: You could aim for 25 miles each day for four days to reach 100 miles, if you have the time and energy. Or team up with three friends and walk 25 miles each over the weekend.

Other hiking ideas include walking 100 laps of a 400 metre track, walking up 100 steps, or walking 100km.

Run: Ultra runners might choose to run a route of 100 miles. Other ideas include  a team running relay of 100 miles.

You could see how fast you can run 100m, or run between 100 lamp-posts.

Just let you imagination go and join the Captain Tom 100.  Organisers hope that people will share their "100" on social media using #CaptainTom100.

Fiona Russell

Fiona Russell is a widely published adventure journalist and blogger, who is better known as Fiona Outdoors. She is based in Scotland and is an all-round outdoors enthusiast with favourite activities including trail running, mountain walking, mountain biking, road cycling, triathlon and skiing, both downhill and back country. Her target for 2021 is to finish the final nine summits in her first round of all 282 Munros, the Scottish mountains of more than 3,000ft high. Aside from being outdoors, Fiona's biggest aim is to inspire others to enjoy the great outdoors, especially through her writing. She is also rarely seen without a running skort! Find out more at Fiona Outdoors.