From the Matterhorn to Mount Etna, Striving For Big Change

Starting from where we finished in 2014, the challenge sees participants hiking into Northern Italy from the base of the Matterhorn, cycling the entire length of the country, swimming from Italy to Sicily, mountain biking to the foothills of Mt Etna and trail-running to the summit of the active volcano. We hope to raise over £1.5m for Big Change, a social impact accelerator that helps young people thrive in life, not just exams.

 

 

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Gemporia – Adventurous Sponsorship

The Virgin STRIVE Challenge are excited to join forces with Gemporia on this year’s challenge. Gemporia is a jewellery company, on a quest to restore genuine gemstone jewellery as the most sought after of personal possessions. We love their purposeful approach to business and STRIVING spirit, especially because their adventurous founders Steve and John Bennet […]

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The Branson Family talk Big Change

I’m not sure either of us can believe we’re about to say this, but we have just over a week to go until the Virgin Strive Challenge kicks off. It seems only yesterday that Dad was announcing this year’s challenge and we were spreading the message far and wide to get people to sign up […]

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Striving like an Olympian

Yet again and against all odds, over the past fortnight we have witnessed some magic that only the Olympics is capable of delivering. Capturing the hearts and minds of a truly global audience, we have witnessed some incredible sporting achievements. Michael Phelps became the most decorated Olympian of all time; Usain Bolt triumphed in the 100m […]

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Big Change Project Portfolio 2016

Selecting which projects to support is mission critical at Big Change – finding the right idea with the right people. In 2016 we are proud to be working with a range of new partners and our portfolio addresses a number of key issues. We have tried to find, develop and support early-stage ideas that will ensure […]

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Striving with Virgin Pulse

We are excited to announce Virgin Pulse as an official sponsor of the Virgin Strive Challenge 2016! Virgin Pulse are the the leading provider of technology solutions that promote employee wellbeing; helping employers create workforces that are happier, healthier and ultimately more productive.    1 The Strive Core Team will be using Virgin Pulse’s mobile […]

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Partners of the Virgin STRIVE Challenge 2016

In order to give our Strivers the best chance of successfully making it from the Matterhorn to the summit of Mount Etna, they are going to need the best support possible. To make sure we are properly equipped, fed, and hydrated, The Virgin STRIVE Challenge 2016 has teamed up with a fantastic array of partners. Bergans  We are kicking off […]

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How does Big Change work?

In September we are aiming to raise £1.5 million for Big Change.  But, what does Big Change do, how does it work, and why is striving for Big Change important? Doing Charity Differently Big Change was created to think differently about the role that charity can play in catalysing positive change for young people. We back […]

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Fundraising for Big Change

With only a month to go before the challenge starts, it’s time to kick your fundraising campaign to next level. We have an incredibly ambitious target of raising £1.5 million for Big Change, so we need each and every Striver taking part to smash their personal targets! Here are our top ideas & tips to […]

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Train Together; STRIVE Together

Last Saturday, the STRIVE team headed down to the Surrey Hills for our second official training day. With the weather reaching highs similar to that of Italy in September (hot, hot, hot!) the STRIVERS were set for a day of some testing, but enjoyable, training. The training event was great fun and everyone who attended […]

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Cycling with Catriona Forrest

Cycling and training in London is easier than you think. Getting out on the bike to do some proper training is inevitably more difficult in a city than in the countryside; but, all is not lost – especially when you live in London. In amongst the built up streets and hustle and bustle of the […]

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INTERVIEW: Striving with the Branson Family

From sailing across the Atlantic to flying hot air balloons around the world, if my Dad has taught me anything, it’s that challenging yourself is the only way to live life to the fullest. Training for the Virgin Strive Challenge is in full swing and I’m really noticing the difference. Workouts that I could barely […]

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STRIVING with Elijah Oxenham

Now that we’re well into July and the 1st of September is just around the corner, the enormity of the Virgin Strive Challenge is starting to set in. The final blow to my training procrastination was when fellow Core Team member, Cat, sent through a screenshot of our Strava totals for the month of June: […]

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STRIVING with Sally Hughes

On my personal Strive blog I’ve been trying to write about September’s Strive Challenge with a sense of humour, mainly because there’s only so many different ways to write “I cycled a long way and at one point I really wasn’t in the mood but somehow managed to get over it” and none of them […]

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STRIVING to Swim: Open Water Swimming Tips

On Saturday morning, the STRIVE Team headed down to Brighton for their first official open water swimming session. The Core team and triathletes are preparing for their 3.5KM swim across the the Straits of Messina from Italy to Sicily as part of the final stage of the Virgin STRIVE Challenge 2016.  Whilst many of our […]

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Why we STRIVE for Big Change

We often talk about how great the Virgin STRIVE Challenge is: it’s an awesome adventure, an emotional experience, a chance to grow over a month with great friends, new and old. But a question we often get asked is why STRIVE? Why push ourselves through a gruelling month of endurance hiking, cycling, swimming and running? What […]

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Training Tips with Dr Justin Roberts

The Virgin STRIVE Challenge is going to be an ultra-endurance event like no other, and the training is set to be an adventure in itself. Last week, Core Team Strivers  checked in with Dr Justin Roberts for a Q&A and training catch up. Justin is a Senior Lecturer and researcher at The Cambridge Centre for Sport […]

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Seven ways STRIVE could change your life

It’s only 7 days until the sign up deadline for the Virgin STRIVE Challenge 2016. If you’re still considering whether or not to join the team, we thought we would let you know how we think signing up for STRIVE could change your life…   STRIVE will be no ordinary challenge The Virgin STRIVE Challenge […]

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Find Your Voice: Strive at School 21

With only 11 weeks to go until we head off to Italy for this year’s Virgin Strive Challenge, we returned to School 21 to see how our fundraising is helping them give their pupils and students across the UK a voice. £166,000 of the total raised from the Virgin Strive Challenge 2014 went to School […]

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Striving with Lara Milward

It’s a pleasure to publish the first entry to our new Core Team Blog, written by founder of BlitzFitness and Core Team Striver Lara Milward. So here we are – 3 months until the Virgin Strive Challenge 2016. In 2014 I said that Strive would be a ‘once in a lifetime’ challenge. So how come I find […]

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The Branson Family Talk Adventure

Accepting challenges and taking on new experiences is crucial to growing and learning about yourself and the world around you, and it’s certainly something which I’ve benefited from in my life.  Since a small child, I’ve watched my dad constantly push himself and take on new challenges. Sometimes he’s failed but every time he has […]

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Strive to Swim: From Europe to Africa

Last month, Big Changer Dom Boon swam over 16km from Europe to Africa across the Strait of Gibraltar to raise money for Big Change. Only 500 people have successfully made the crossing, far less than the 4,000 who have climbed Everest, and so it is quite an exclusive club. Here is Dom’s story in his own […]

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Big Change project visit: School 21

Written by Elijah Oxenham and originally published on his blog.  With all the fun and great times that surround the Virgin Strive Challenge, it’s so easy to be distracted from the significant impact that Big Change and the projects they support are having in the community. I recently had an opportunity to visit one of […]

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Event Information Hub

Hello Strivers! Welcome to the event information hub, where you will be able to find everything you need to make your training and challenge experience as easy as possible. We will add information to this page as we approach departure day so make sure you are referring back to it.   EVENT INFORMATION GUIDES With a […]

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STRIVE visits Virgin Money in Newcastle

Last week, our team travelled to Newcastle to visit one of our sponsors for the Virgin Strive Challenge 2016. We headed to Virgin Money HQ to talk about the philosophy behind Strive, where we were welcomed into their incredible offices and had the chance to speak to over 200 enthusiastic staff. Essie, Karl and Noah took the stage […]

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Why we Strive

The Virgin Strive Challenge is something I set up with my cousin Noah in 2014, as a vehicle to drive change for young people in the UK. Through a series of ultra-endurance challenges, we want to bring together groups of extraordinary people to raise funds and awareness for our charity Big Change. Everyone who takes […]

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Welcome to the Virgin STRIVE Challenge 2016!!

The Virgin Strive Challenge is something I am incredibly proud of – it was something I set up with my cousin Noah in 2014, as a vehicle to drive change for young people in the UK, and after an incredibly successful first event in 2014, we can’t wait to get started on this one. The idea was […]

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