Push The Boat Out
March 2021 Challenge - The Six Bridges
Take on our Push The Boat Out Virtual Challenge to help raise vital funds to keep York Rescue Boat on the water, saving lives.
Join our monthly series of virtual events designed to get you out and about in your local area, exploring, taking in fresh air and improving the health of your mind and body.
Each challenge is accessible to people of all ages and abilities, with scope to adapt them to your own needs, and the great thing about virtual events is you do them in your own time, when it suits you!
The Six Bridges
During March 2021, join us to explore the city's riverside locations by navigating your way along the six bridges - Clifton Bridge to Millennium Bridge in a 7.5km loop.
The variety of terrain and things to see along the route is extraordinary.
You can run, walk, skip, hop, scoot - take it on however you choose. There are steps but all have nearby step-free detours.
The Virtual Route
Opened in 1963, the idea for Clifton Bridge was originally proposed in 1913 to link the areas of Clifton and Acomb.
Scarborough Railway Bridge carries the railway line from York to Scarborough, alongside a pedestrian and cycle bridge, refurbished and reopened in 2019.
Lendal Bridge is positioned on the site of a former rope-ferry where the city walls break for the River Ouse. Fun fact: Florence Nightingale used this ferry when she visited York in 1852!
How The Virtual Challenge Works
During March 2021, we will ask as many people as possible to sign up for our Six Bridges Challenge.
Signing up is easy, just fill in the form, pay the £15 donation to enter, and you're in!
You've got all of March to get moving, complete 7.5km in your own time, break it down into smaller walks for little legs, or use it as a chance to get a new PB if you're a regular runner.
Once you have completed your 7.5km, let us know by posting on our social media pages, using the #YRB6Bridges hashtag and we will pop your medal in the post.
Ouse Bridge is a Grade II listed building and was completed in 1821, having replaced several Ouse Bridges before it. One of the first Ouse Bridges was a wooden version which collapsed under a crowd which had gathered to see St William of York on his return from exile.
Skeldergate Bridge was built between 1878 and 1881. The east end of the bridge features a small arch where the toll keeper's accommodation once was. The bridge used to open to admit tall-masted ships to the quays either side of the river, and it was formally declared free of tolls in 1914.
Millennium Bridge is the mid-point of our virtual route. Millennium Bridge opened in 2001, and carries a cycle and footpath. Millennium Bridge offers plenty of space to sit and take in the views before you start back towards Clifton Bridge and the finishing line.
How Do I Get My Medal?
Getting your hands on the bling is a doddle! Ideally, you will track your challenge on your phone or smartwatch, but don't worry this isn't essential.
Once you've completed it, take a screenshot, or send us a photo of you completing the challenge, and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org, include the name and address which you signed up with, and we will pop your medal in the post.
Please be patient as it may take us 14 days to get your medal to you.
Don't live in York?
No problem! We have designed this challenge so that you can make it your own. Take part in your local area, or even at home, everybody is welcome to join in and support York Rescue Boat.
Why not pop out and explore a local waterway or bridge? Bridges always have a rich history. Why are they there? Who built the first one? Who uses it? What happened when it wasn’t there? Or just take a walk and enjoy the countryside on your doorstep.
Don't forget to stay safe and follow the government guidance around exercising and socialising throughout the challenge!