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Get moving: our Nine Mile Challenge is back!

14 July 2021

This September, we are challenging cat lovers across the country to travel nine miles and raise money for Cats Protection.

Supporters can do their miles all in one go or break them down across the month. Run, walk, hop or whatever, it’s all about going the distance for cats. There’s lots of support and encouragement to help plan the miles and raise funds. 

You can register from this Friday 16 July. Any queries? Email the Fundraising Events team or call the team on 01825 741 960.

Funds raised can be allocated to the Swindon Branch by selecting us when you pay in your donation.

Here are our top nine reasons to make like a cat and roam free…

1. Invest in some me-time 

It’s an opportunity to enjoy a change of pace away from the demands of everyday life and take the time to reset and recharge. And as you can spread the nine miles across the month, you can schedule your walks or runs for when you need the mindfulness most.

2. Get back to nature 

What better way to admire the scenery, enjoy the outdoors, spot local wildlife and maybe even stroke a friendly moggie en route! When it comes to getting back to nature, nothing compares to a good old fashioned walk or run – and best of all, it’s completely free.

3. Meet new people 

While most cats might prefer to roam alone, there’s no reason your walk or run has to be a solo challenge. You could ask your local walking group to get involved, or run with a friend for support. Once registered, you’ll also be invited to join our Nine Mile Facebook group where you can share suggested routes and fundraising tips with fellow trekkers and runners.

man wearing backpack walking along a path 

4. Boost your mood 

It’s been well documented that aerobic exercise like walking and running can help to increase the serotonin levels in your brain. The effect of this is reduced stress and a boost to your sense of wellbeing, meaning the Nine Mile Challenge might even make you happier. 

5. Help the environment 

Swap your wheels for walking boots, or trade the tube for your trainers – for one week in September, why not walk or run to work instead? By turning your commute into the challenge, you’ll not only be helping cats but also doing your bit towards saving the planet.

6. Get some fresh air and exercise 

From heart health to bone strength, there are almost too many physical health and fitness benefits to list, but you can rest assured that whether you choose to run or walk the distance, it all counts. Mobile apps like Strava, Map My Walk or Run Keeper can be useful to help you track your route, speed, steps and record those all-important miles.

white and tabby cat under bed 

7. Enjoy the long summer days 

We often see an Indian summer in September so, just like a cat, enjoy being outdoors and make the most of the weather before winter comes. By soaking up the sunshine, you’ll help to top up your vitamin D levels and give your immune system a welcome boost too.

8. Explore a new area near you 

It’s the perfect excuse to roam further afield than your usual walk to work or jog through the park. Research a new route and you might even discover a local beauty spot you never knew existed. Organisations like the National Trust have some great recommendations for walks in your area. 

9. Feel good about helping cats 

Your legs may be aching and you might have a blister coming on, but just think of how amazing you’ll feel knowing that your steps will help cats and kittens get back on their paws. You can be proud of being a fantastic fundraiser and a real #CatChampion!