Go the Distance for Bliss

Challenge yourself to walk, run or cycle 27 or 100 miles by taking on our virtual challenge.

What is Go the Distance?

On average parents travel 27 miles to visit their baby in neonatal care with some families travelling up to 100 miles.

Go the Distance is a 27 or 100 mile challenge that you get to choose when, where and how you complete.

By sponsoring you for every mile covered, your friends and family will help you to go the distance whilst raising money to support babies born premature or sick.

Date:  Wednesday 1st September, 2021 – Thursday 30th September, 2021

Location:  At home or in your local area

Registration fee:  Free

Fundraising pledge:  Raise as much as you can!

Choose your challenge, time and distance

It’s a virtual challenge that will run throughout the month of September. Whether in the morning before you start your day, over a weekend, or during your lunch breaks – you decide the time that suits you.

You could...

  • Commit to doing couch to 5k
  • Cycle 100 miles over a month
  • Take your baby in their buggy out for a run
  • Get the kids on their bikes or scooters whilst you run
  • Go for longer walks or runs with your dog

Whatever, whenever and however far you go, we will support you in your challenge.

The freedom you have to choose every part of this event allows you to tailor it to suit your life. It was still a challenge, but it was nice to be able to pick my own challenge.

- 2019 participant

How does Bliss support me to take part?

As part of Team Bliss you'll get access to our Go the Distance Facebook group to share photos and motivation with other participants.

You'll also be able to log your distance on Strava, and connect your Strava account to your JustGiving page.

But if you don’t want to use Strava, that’s fine! You can print off our personal mile tracker to pin on your fridge or make your own.

You'll receive newsletters to cheer you on with fundraising and training hints and tips.

You can listen to our Go the Distance for Bliss playlist on Spotify to keep you motivated as you complete your miles.

Find out more about taking part by reading our Go the Distance FAQs.

How do we help parents who are separated from their baby?

Babies have the very best outcomes if their parents are able to be actively involved in their care.

- We're campaigning for the introduction of a National Neonatal Roadmap to support units to return to usual family access so that parents can be with their premature or sick baby, together.

- We have published research showing the hidden damage of COVID-19 on families with a neonatal experience at this time. We are working with hospitals to review their visiting policies and have already seen some network-wide policy changes as a result.

- Our email and video support services provide families with somewhere to turn for practical information and emotional support.

Your fundraising will help us continue breaking down barriers stopping parents from being able to care for their babies on the neonatal unit.