In 2020, following the shut down of sport as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Old Albanian RFC were exploring ways of keeping players active, engaged and fit. Step forward 1st XV scrum half Morgan Thompson, the Grandfather of the CalorieChallenge… who came up with the original idea.
A matter of weeks later OAs had run their first event.
Within a month, with the support of MyMealAway and FlexiionMSP, we had run our first public event. Across the two events over 250 people were involved from 11 different clubs burning over half a million calories.
Most importantly the decision was made to use these events to support charities and if possible raise their profile. NHS Charities Together COVID Appeal, Show Racism the Red Card and the RFU Injured Players Foundation were the first chosen for support.