Going the Distance

Rally for Research

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We're counting up your miles!

Join us in March for our most ambitious Going the Distance to date! If you've not signed up already, it's not too late to - you can register at any point throughout the month.

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This month we’re aiming to cover a mammoth 72,000 miles to raise funds for pioneering cancer here in our city.

Going the Distance is an open invitation to people of all ages, abilities and fitness levels. Bring new meaning and purpose to your daily outings and walks around the neighbourhood as we edge closer to springtime.

Anyone can take part, by walking, running, cycling, skating, swimming, rowing or even scooting – and because it’s virtual, you can do it from anywhere! You can clock up miles throughout the month, an entire week or just one day of intense exercise – it’s up to you and you can be as creative as you like. You can join us at any point throughout the month - it's never too late to sign up. 

We’d love for you to support our fundraising efforts through this campaign, collecting sponsorship as you complete your mileage goal.

We have bespoke Going the Distance packs available for schools and businesses, so if you’d like to take part with your colleagues or get your pupils engaged in the challenge, get in touch today!

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For a suggested donation of £10 for individuals, £20 for a household, and £5 for NHS staff

Schools and businesses

In the meantime, if you would like to make a donation towards the campaign:
Text DISTANCE to 70085 to donate £5. To donate a different amount, for example £12, text DISTANCE12 to 70085
*Please note that due to constraints with the Text Donation services, donations made in this way are anonymous.

Mileage tracker

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How will funds be spent?

This March, every penny of every pound that’s raised will directly fund exciting research right here in our corner of the world.

This year we’ve pledged to fund seven pioneering new studies, including research into breast cancer, mouth cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer and leukaemia and lymphoma.

These crucially important lab studies will receive early-seed funding at an average cost of around £14,000 with the hope they can achieve pilot data that will go on to secure national funding.

You’ll hear directly from researchers about the difference your support makes, and we’ll keep you updated on the outcomes of these studies.

Going the Distance Rallying for Research

The Going the Distance legacy

With our income plummeting in 2020 last year, GTD was a lifeline for the charity when it launched last June. The campaign has raised £63,800 to date which has funded direct, practical support for patients and staff.

Going the Distance | June 2020

The funds were channelled into delivering indispensable support, including transport and accommodation for patients on active treatment during lockdown, support services delivered virtually for patients, and direct support for ANCHOR staff too.

GTD “The Lost Miles” | September 2020

We ringfenced the fundraising specifically to our newly launched initiative, inpatient comfort packs– bespoke bundles filled with thoughtful and practical aids to bring patients a tangible feeling of home as they’re admitted to the wards for weeks, even months at a time.

Our 2021 challenge is our most ambitious yet and we’ll need your support to achieve our goal. Every effort you make and every pound you raise will become part of the Going the Distance legacy; this time funding early pilot research that could lead to potentially life-changing studies in the future.

Mileage motivators

Need some motivation? Check out our Mileage Motivators and select a distance that suits you or your team, 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. 

Please remember the current Government guidelines and explore responsibly.



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

Schools / businesses sign up

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Schools and businesses are going the distance

Every penny counts

All admin costs are fully funded by Balmoral Group