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Blog: Joining others to #takeonaCHALLENGE

November 26, 2014

The best thing about creating #takeonaCHALLENGE has definitely been having the opportunity to meet and learn about all the fantastic, inspiring people that are embarking on their own unique challenges for their own personal causes and reasons.


That is why I am so passionate about trying to a build the #takoneCHALLENGE community. So anyone who was in my position a couple of years ago with a passion and drive to do something, but not sure what, can be inspired by others already on their journey, and gain advice, support and inspiration from them.

Through the fabulous Sportsister community, I have had the privilege to meet an inspiring lady called Jo Moseley. She is often referred to, or known as, “One happy rower” through either her twitter handle or her insightful and inspiring blog posts in the Sportsister Readers Blog. Her goal has been to row a million metres on the Concept 2 ergo (indoor rower) from 5th May 2014 to 21st December 2014. On 21st December she will complete the million metres by rowing a marathon at Ilkley Tennis and Squash Club in Yorkshire, which will be exactly one year since her mother passed away.

Joe’s challenge really touched me on many levels. It was great to read her Sportsister Readers blog posts about how life had got in the way of her exercise routines, and that this challenge had helped her rekindle that love of sport and exercise. That is one of the main reasons why I created #takeonachallenge.

I also loved her passion and drive for the challenge coming from a very personal place. She had created the challenge to say thank you to the wonderful Macmillan Cancer team, and also a fitting way to pay tribute to her late mother. That was something I could relate to. One of the main driving forces behind me starting my challenges was in memory of my father, who also passed away in December back in 2007.

My aim is to inspire and encourage others to #takeonaCHALLENGE, and this time I have been inspired and encouraged to do so by someone else.  What better challenge to join than Jo on hers? I have never rowed before, either on water or land. It’s one of the machines I often avoid in the gym because of my lack of technical understanding.

We have a shared passion to encourage others to get off the sofa, and someone special to help keep us going even when those legs and arms are telling us to stop. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to manage the whole marathon with only 30 days to train, but I’ll certainly give it one almighty go!

Follow Jo on her inspiring rowing journey @OneHappyRower, and me chasing her from probably quite far behind! @takeonachallenge

Clarissa Goodwin, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine





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Clarissa inspires others to #takeonachallenge

Off the back of completing 'My Year of Ultimate Challenges' follow me as I attempt to take on bigger and more enduring challenges from abseiling, cycling, stand up paddle boarding and swimming to desert races, mountain treks, adventure and obstacles races….with as much variety as possible! I’m doing this in the hope to encourage girls and women to #takeonachallenge, get active and have fun whilst raising money for the Go Sisters World Series which aims to promote female participation and empowerment of girls through sport across the globe. I am also doing all of this in the memory of my father who inspired and made me the sport fanatic I am; and raising money for The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association in his honour. Follow my journey through the highs and lows of my training, reviews of the events I partake in, and be part of this fulfilling journey of discovering how hard we really can push ourselves!

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