Bourne Deeping Hockey Club players stay active during lockdown
Players at Bourne Deeping Hockey Club have been rising to the challenge while awaiting their return to action.
The Dragons saw their East League campaign terminated in early March following guidance from the Government and England Hockey.
With the club having not played any games since the end of the October following the second national lockdown, they have looked at other ways of keeping their players motivated, focused and fit.
Their first challenge was to virtually walk, bike or run the 5,777-mile distance to Tokyo where the Olympics are scheduled to take place this year.
The target was smashed by 72 members of the club with more than 20 of them managing to break the 100-mile barrier in total.
With the aim of maintaining momentum and enthusiasm, chairman Peter Moisey then doubled the distance for the next challenge of 11,072 miles across the length of the Great Britain coastline.
It was achieved in 48 days by 79 committed players and keen hockey supporters joining forces together.
More than 25 members walked over 100 miles in a combined total of 6,350 miles while 1,950 miles were ran with an amazing seven members of the club clocking 100 miles.
The cyclists registered 3,415 miles with members even managing to row a further 26 miles towards the final total which delighted chairman Moisey who praised their commitment to the cause.
He said: "We have such dedicated members that they all felt they wanted to contribute while keeping their fitness levels and being safe outside in the fresh air."
The Dragons' committee is currently working in conjunction with guidance from England Hockey on its safe return to play with grassroots sports being able to return from the start of next week.
Bourne Deeping will be playing inter-club matches with ball-to-stick training commencing from April 12.
The Dragons will be announcing the format throughout the spring term next week and encouraging current members, returners or newcomers back to the pitch. All players will be required to book online for training sessions to keep to Covid regulations.
Chairman Moisey added: "We are looking forward to seeing members on the pitch again, smiling and playing the game they love and are passionate about."
Visit the Dragons' website at www.pitchero.com/clubs/bdhc for further information and the relevant contact details.