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Why Join A Virtual Race?

With so many ‘live’ races to choose from nowadays, it may seem strange that more and more people are getting involved and taking part in virtual running events.

While it’s certainly true that there’s not much that can beat the atmosphere, support and sense of achievement that comes from taking part in live events, whether it’s your local parkrun or an ultra marathon on the other side of the world, taking part in a virtual race can have a whole range of benefits for new an experienced runners alike.

1. Motivation and Consistency

Staying motivated and maintaining consistency when training for a big race can be tough, but with virtual running you can keep yourself motivated by earning points for every race that you take part in.

2. Accessibility and Cost

Despite the ever increasing number of running events in the UK, live races can be costly, with high entrance fees, travel costs and more often than not, finding somewhere to stay the night before. With virtual running, you can run wherever you want and whenever you want, and can even run for free!

3. Competition

Virtual Races can also provide a bit of light hearted competition between friends. Whether you are fast or slow, anyone can earn points and climb the Virtual Running Leader Board by taking part in our monthly races.

4. Community

As well as taking part in virtual races each month,  you can also connect with the fast growing on-line running community through Virtual Running. Whether you want to blog about your training in our weekly blog hop, or join in with the banter between UK Run Chat’s #teamred and #teamblue on Twitter, taking part in our virtual races is a great way to share your running adventures and celebrate your success.

5. Bling

While you are welcome to run for free every month, there’s nothing like a bit of bling to help you stay motivated and celebrate your success. With a range of optional medals every month, you can choose the one that you like best to add to or kick start your collection.

To join the fun and find out about this month’s Virtual Races, please click here.

Sign Up For The Santa Shuffle

It’s that time of year again, when town centres throughout the world suddenly find themselves draped in sparkling lights and festive cheer to welcome the throngs of seasonal shoppers out to bag themselves a Christmas bargain.

In recent years, however, it’s not just the Christmas consumers who have been crowding out our town centres, as many towns, cities and even the smallest of villages have seen a rise in the number of runners, adorned with red suits and white beards, dashing through the streets in their hundreds for some festive running fun.

But despite the increasing popularity of these festive fun runs, there are still some corners if the land where Santa doesn’t run. So, to make sure that no-one misses out, we are hosting a Virtual Santa Shuffle to help spread the Christmas cheer.

Whether you are running on your own, with friends, at your favourite parkrun or with your local running club, anyone can join our Santa Shuffle. To enter, simply follow the steps below:

  • Fill out the ‘Santa Shuffle’ PayPal form (top right)
  • We will send you a registration number (if you don’t already have one)
  • Run any distance you like (red suit and beard are optional!)
  • Email us with evidence of your completed distance and time
  • Receive your medal in the post

You can run any distance you like, but if you choose 5K, 10K or a half-marathon, your result will automatically be entered into this month’s virtual race, giving you the chance to win some valuable points for this year’s points competition.

So what are you waiting for? Get yourself registered, grab your beard and bag some bling for Chirstmas!