Aspire Academy Trust

Aspire Connect 40 Relay Challenge

Aspire MainThe Aspire Connect 40 Relay Challenge is a trust-wide, team-focussed feat of endurance taking place this March in aid of Comic Relief Red Nose Day and Youth Sport Trust.

Circumnavigating the whole of Cornwall, 36 Aspire academies, two outdoor education centres (Carlyon Bay and Carnyorth) and two central core service buildings (Truro & St Austell) will be connected via a non-competitive relay route using only physical activity as the mode of travel. Whether it's walking, running, cycling, rowing, horse riding or swimming, physical exertion is key and anything involving an engine is strictly off limits! 

The Aspire Connect 40 Relay Challenge route will start at Bude Primary Academy - Juniors & Infants on Wednesday 6th March and finish at Tregolls Academy, Truro on Comic Relief Red Nose Day - Friday 15th March, taking in the Clays, the Lizard and the far reaches of the west along the way.  Each relay stage has been carefully planned to connect one school, or Aspire setting, to another and depending on topography and distance, some will involve stages being covered by pairs or groups, rather than an individual.

As each Aspire setting connects with another, a special baton containing a live tracker will be officially handed over to the next active participant.  Staff, children, family and friends will be able to ‘track’ the progress of the baton from the classroom or office live from a web link that will be uploaded on this page shortly.

This is not just for the grown-ups. Aspire pupils will also be actively involved, fundraising for the two nominated charities through physical school-led activities either on the day the baton arrives on their doorstep, or on Red Nose Day itself, Friday 15th March.  You can follow the children's adventures via each Aspire academy's Facebook page.


Our relay route

Details of each stage of the relay challenge route coming soon ..!


Our nominated charities

RGB CR RND COLOUR WHT transparentComic Relief is a major charity based in the UK, with a vision of a just world, free from poverty. It was founded in 1985 by the comedy scriptwriter Richard Curtis and comedian Sir Lenny Henry in response to the famine in Ethiopia. 

Its goal is to drive positive change through the power of entertainment.  

Visit the Comic Relief website

YSTYouth Sport Trust is a UK leading children’s charity for improving young people's wellbeing through sport and play. It empowers young people and equips educators to transform lives through sport and play. Founded in 1995, it works with around 20,000 schools and inspires changemakers to build a sense of belonging. Its vision is to create a future where every child enjoys the life-changing benefits of play and sport.

Visit the Youth Sport Trust website


How to donate

If you wish to make a donation, then please click the link below to visit our multi-charity fundraising partner, GiveWheel:

GiveWheel - make a donation

Please note that your one donation - either to support the Aspire Connect 40 event or an academy-led activity - will be split equitably between Red Nose Day* and Youth Sport Trust**. 

*In aid of Comic Relief, operating name of Charity Projects, a registered charity 326568 (England/Wales) and SC039730 (Scotland). **Registered charity number: 1086915

Our supporters

The Aspire Connect 40 Relay Challenge has been organised by St Breock Primary School PE Lead James Ross, and it is only possible thanks to an army of Aspire colleagues, local businesses, organisations and individuals volunteering their time and services. 

Our grateful thanks go to:

  • AGAME for providing t-shirts for all Aspire staff taking part
  • DT Coaching for providing energy drinks
  • Vospers for providing a support vehicle for the duration of the course
  • LJD Coaching for providing fuel for the support vehicle
  • The Shoe Boy for providing medals for all participants