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Apply now to become a #GetOutside champion in 2017

Do you have what it takes to become a #GetOutside champion? Along with our ambassadors, endurance adventurer Sean Conway and Everest climber Bonita Norris, can you inspire others to get outside and get active?

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We recruited a fantastic bunch of champions for 2016 and they’ve been busy inspiring more of us to explore Britain (and beyond) and championing their #GetOutside adventures. From running the length of Great Britain, to paddleboarding the length of England’s waterways, they’ve taken on some amazing challenges. But it’s not all about extreme adventures. It can be championing a family adventure and getting kids active, or taking your dog along on your next archaeology trail walk. Have a slow adventure and cycle along the South West Coast Path. Take someone new to bag a trig pillar and enjoy your favourite route. However you #GetOutside, we want your enthusiasm to shine through.

We’re looking for more people to inspire and to help others appreciate everything the outdoors has to offer. It’s not experience that counts, but passion. If you like to #GetOutside off-road (whether that’s walking, mountain biking, horseriding, camping, canoeing…), and would love to enthuse others to do the same, make a difference and apply to become a #GetOutside champion and share your stories.

Applications are open until 20 November and you can apply here.

Why are we championing #GetOutside?

We launched the #GetOutside campaign to urge people off their sofa, to ditch the car and to enjoy the outdoors, after worrying research showed walking to be on the decline in Great Britain. The results suggested a quarter of the British public wouldn’t walk anywhere that takes over 15 minutes. Three quarters won’t walk to work. Almost 70% never walk to the shops, while only a third would ever do the school run on foot, with only around a third of us admitting to enjoying a weekend walk for pleasure.

We’re in danger of becoming disconnected from our own landscape. The benefits of exercising and getting regular fresh air in your lungs are already well documented, but more needs to be done to get that message across, which is where our #GetOutside champions come in.

Apply now and share your love of the Great British outdoors.

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