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Summer Triathlon Challenge

This summer, we’re offering you the chance to earn some amazing new bling by taking part in our 2nd annual Triathlon Challenge.

Summer Triathlon Challenge Medal

The Event

The event is made up of three parts: one 400 metre swim, one 20K cycle ride and one 5K run. Unlike a regular triathlon though, you don’t have to do them all in the same day, but can split the events throughout the summer.


While it is easy enough to submit your evidence for your cycle ride and run by using your GPS watch or sports app, this won’t be easy for most people when it comes to swimming. So, for the swimming part we are operating an honesty policy and ask that you have someone time your race using a stop watch and then take a photograph as evidence of your result.

Double Points

Points will be allocated based on the total time for all three events. However, as the event is in three parts it only seems fair to give you some extra credit for taking part,  so we’re going to double the pointsfor this one. To see how our points system works, please visit Races page and scroll down to the points section.

How To Enter:

  1. Register using the PayPal Button below
  2. We will email you a registration number (if you don’t already have one) within 24 hours of receiving your payment
  3. Complete a 400 metre swim, a 20 kilometre cycle ride and a 5 kilometre run between 1st June and 31st August
  4. Email your evidence before midnight on 31st August
  5. Remember to include your name, registration number, and state your time for each part of the event separately
  6. Receive your Summer Triathlon Challenge medal in the post at the beginning of September

We are sorry, but this race has now closed. For this month’s races click here.

February Mini-Competition Winner

Congratulations to Heiki Hausman for earning a free medal in February’s mini-competition. 

Not only did she enter all 5 races last month, but she also came first in the women’s category in 4 of them, bagging a massive 245 points to climb to first place in the Women’s Leader Board.

A special mention also goes out to our top ten point scorers in February, which has seen some notable changes in the top of both the male and female Leader Boards.

Name Gender February Points Races Entered
Heike Hausmann F 245 4 free races + bonus race
Helen Brant F 180  4 free races
David Bruce M 176  4 free races + bonus race
Tim Gray M 148  4 free races
Joyce Morrison F 143 3 free races + bonus race
Mathew Whitten M 140  3 free races
Holly Matts F 134  4 free races
Jeannie Snelling F 128  3 free races + bonus race
Antony Lees M 124  3 free races
Matthew Gray M 120 2 free races + bonus race

With another 10 months still to go in this year’s points competition, however, there’s plenty of time to get involved and challenge the leaders by entering our free races and bonus races each month.

How To Get More Points:

  1. Enter as many of the free races as you can
  2. Work on your pace for your favourite distances
  3. Try walking or using a run-walk strategy to earn points for longer distances that you haven’t tried before
  4. Sign up for some of the bonus races to give your points a boost
  5. Try to take part in at least one free race each month to keep increasing your points

At the end of the year, the top 3 male and female runners will each receive a prize to mark their achievement. Last year’s winners each received one of the trophies pictured below.

If you’d like to get involved and put yourself in the running for one of this year’s prizes, you can sign up on our races page by following the link here.

And remember, you don’t have to be the fastest runner to win a prize!

Celebrating Success!

As we embark on our second year of virtual running, we wanted to take a moment to say thank you to everyone who has taken part in our virtual races in 2014 and, in particular, to celebrate your achievements for the past year.

The main purpose of Virtual Running UK is to encourage people to run regularly and to celebrate progress and personal achievements. That’s why, every month, we offer free virtual races to anyone who wants to take part. We do, of course, offer medals for those of you who want to earn some race bling for your collection, but the most important thing is that you take part, celebrate and enjoy your running.

Our annual points competition is designed with that in mind – to reward those of you who run regularly by allocating points to everyone for every race that they run. And so, without further ado, here are the results of the 2014 Virtual Running UK Points Competition:

2014 Points Competition


1st Place – Lindsey Williams
2nd Place – Lisa Myers
3rd Place – Fiona Cunningham


1st Place – Tony Livesey
2nd Place – Jason Chan
3rd Place – Andrew Eastwood

We would like to congratulate all of our winners for an amazing year of running, with PBs achieved and new distances conquered!

In particular, however, we want to give a special mention our overall winner, Lindsey Williams, who accumulated a massive 669 points over 15 races. As well as improving her 5K time from 32:00 to 24:32, and her 10K time from 55:54 to 53:28, Lindsey also took part in a half-marathon race with a time of 2:30:00, proving that hard work and consistency really do pay off!

5K Challenge Competition

We also introduced an extra competition in the Autumn, for the most improved 5K medal runner from October to December, and again saw some fantastic results! Congratulations go to…

1st Place – Fiona Sefton
Fiona has been running with us since May and is a regular participant in our weekly blog hop. She achieved a time of 30:48 in December, an improvement of 59 seconds from her November race, making her the most improved 5K medal runner for the final quarter of the year, and earning her the 1st place prize of a brand new 7″ Android Tablet.

2nd Place – Annie Jenkin 
Annie has taken part all three 5K virtual races over the last three months, with 5K times of 25:27 and 25:30 for October and November, and a final time of 24:40 in December, earning her a free entry to this month’s medal race.

3rd Place – Rosalind Murch
Rosalind joined Virtual Running UK in November and got off to a great start with a time of 33:36, which she improved by 47 seconds in December. We look forward to seeing her progress further in the months to come and she has also won a free medal entry for January.

4th Place – Miriam Woodcraft 
Miriam has been a regular participant, running in every 5K race since she joined us in August with a 5K time of 37:59. Since then, she has achieved a Virtual Running PB of 34:12, showing that running regularly really does make a difference! She also wins a free entry to January’s medal race.

Finally, we want to congratulate and thank all of you who have taken part in our virtual races this year. It has been an amazing first year for Virtual Running and it wouldn’t have happened without your participation, so thank you and here’s to another great year of running in 2015!

If you would like to know more about this month’s virtual races, please click here.