I love running, and it’s something that is truly accessible to all. Its low cost to do, and all it requires is you to commit and to work at it. Running, especially in the better weather, really helps me stay well both physically and mentally and is a big part of my self-care.
Since I took up running again in the new year, the one thing that has really helped me keep motivated is having a race to train for or ‘virtual running’. Virtual running is when you sign up to a virtual race and work towards the goal over a set period of time. There’s all manner of approaches, and in this post I’m sharing five of THE BEST virtual running events I’ve come across in the UK so far.
Race at Your Pace
I really like Race at Your Pace, and I’ve entered this each month since January, setting myself targets varying from 25 – 75 miles. On those last few days of the month if I’ve yet to hit my target this really does help me keep going.
Race at your pace entry is £10 (or £14 to include a sports top) and postage within the UK is free. There’s medals for running, walking, cycling and swimming and providing evidence of your run is easy. Towards the end of the month you’re sent an online submission form. You upload a screen shot of evidence (from fitbit, garmin etc) and your medal is sent to you.
You can read more at the Race at Your Pace website.
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Miles for Medals
This is a new one to me and I’ve just signed up the Halloween Challenge which starts next week. I like this particular group as it has a real emphasis on charity. It was started as a way for the owner to reach her London Marathon fundraising target and she, almost accidentally, created a group that had a real sense of community about it. Miles for Medals was born in late 2018.
The entries for each challenge are £10 and 20% of the entry goes to charity, with Miles for Medals supporting all manner of charities including British Heart Foundation, RNLI, Surfers against Sewage and others. What I like about Miles for Medalsis its Facebook group which, I already see, is active and supportive with entrants supporting each other through weekly check ins towards their individual targets. I’ve set myself a target of 75 miles for this first challenge and look forward to it starting next week.
You can learn more about Miles for Medals here.
Race the World
Race the World is a longer distance challenge, including challenges to run the distance to the space station (253.5 miles), Run The Underground (250 miles) and others.
You enter the challenge and each month are invited to send in your total miles completed for the month. When you reach the target, you get the medal.
There are some brilliant challenges with this one, and some great medals too.
You can read more about Race the World here.
Little Duck Virtual Running
Little Duck Virtual running is a little different to the others mentioned here. With Little Duck running you get sent the medals in one go, and as you complete the distances you get to unwrap each medal.
I have completed the Paris challenge and it’s neat to tick off the medals as you go, and the children enjoyed unwrapping them for me. The medals and really nice too which is a bonus and it did make me plan my distances more to make sure I was ticking the medals off in as few runs as possible.
You can read more about Little Duck Virtual Running here.
Run Things Run Club
Finally, Run Things Run Club is a new one I’ve come across which donates all profits to MIND. They run a range of challenges, including a run up to Christmas event which has seen over 3200 participants. You provide evidence of your total distance covered by sending a link to your running log (so to Garmin etc) and they send your medal based on what you completed. You can sign up as a team of as individuals.
You can read more about Run Things Run Club here.