Going the Distance

Rally for Research

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Join us in March as we aim to cover 100,000 miles in our Rally for Research.

Our 100,000 mileage goal is our most ambitious yet - one mile for every pound of funding we pledge to pilot research each year. Your sign-up donation and fundraising will directly support that research.

Event details

This March we're aiming to cover 100,000 miles to raise funds for pioneering cancer research here in the North-east. It's our most ambitious goal yet - one mile for every pound of funding we pledge to pilot research each year. 

Join us at any point this month to be part of our rally for research. Going the Distance is an open invitation to all ages, abilities and fitness levels. It's guaranteed to top up the motivation levels and keep your new year resolutions going strong well into spring! 

Take part by walking, running, cycling, skating, swimming, rowing or even scooting - collecting sponsorship as you complete your own personal mileage goal.

We have tailored programmes available for schools and businesses, so round up the troops and get in touch today!

Sign up now!

For a suggested donation of £10 for individuals or per team member, £20 for a household, and £5 for NHS staff. If you're signing up as a team, ask each member to complete their entry individually.

To donate towards the fundraising efforts, text DISTANCE to 70085 to donate £5.
To donate a different amount, for example £12, text DISTANCE12 to 70085
*Please note that text donations arrive at Friends of ANCHOR anonymously

How will funds be spent?

This March, every penny of every pound raised will directly fund cancer research happening right here in our city.

Each year we pledge early seed funding of £100,000 for pioneering new studies that will bring potential cancer breakthroughs. 

These Friends of ANCHOR studies form the building blocks of future advancements in diagnosis and treatment. Thank you for being part of that legacy. 


Going the Distance Rallying for Research

The Going the Distance legacy

With our income plummeting when the pandemic hit, Going the Distance has been a lifeline for the charity. This virtual challenge has raised over £169,500 to date - every penny of which has been channelled into positively impacting cancer treatment and care in the North-east.

Going the Distance | June 2020

Our original event funded vital transport and accommodation for patients on active treatment during the lockdown as well as virtual wellbeing support for patients and the ANCHOR staff.

GTD “The Lost Miles” | September 2020

This event reclaimed the thousands of miles that were lost from cancelled races and events in 2020. The funds raised enabled a care pack initiative to be introduced for inpatients, to bring a welcome feeling of home. The event raised enough to fund over 1,000 packs.

GTD “Rally for Research” | March 2021

We set out to cover 72,000 miles - 1,000 miles for every pilot research project the charity had funded to date. Our participants achieved double that, raising enough money to fully fund all seven pilot research projects Friends of ANCHOR supported in 2021.

Mileage motivators

Need some motivation for your own upcoming mileage challenge for Friends of ANCHOR? Check out our Mileage Motivators and select a distance that suits you, or get creative and come up with your own. We’ve used local landmarks as inspiration, but you might like to choose a target that has personal meaning to you. 



The Mountain Range: Aberdeen beach to Cairngorms


The Don: Length of the River Don


The Coastal Path: The length of the Aberdeenshire Coastal Trail


The Oversea Adventure (Orkney): Aberdeen to Orkney by ferry


The Oversea Adventure (Shetland): Aberdeen to Shetland by ferry


Sea Level challenge: The distance from Aberdeen Beach to Ben Nevis, up the mountain and back again


Orkney Adventure: The length of the Orkney coastline

1697 MILES

The Shetland Special: The length of the Shetland coastline

Every penny counts

All admin costs are fully funded by Balmoral Group