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Spring Marathon Challenge

With marathon season well under way, we’re giving you the chance to log your Spring Marathon results (from 1st March to 31st May) to earn some bonus Leader Board points as well as a Finish Time medal to record your result – the medal comes with a set of stickers that can be used to add your official race time to the design.

In addition, 50% of the profits from this race will go to Mind, the mental health charity, supporting their campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding of mental health issues.

How To Enter:

  1. Sign up for the race using the PayPal button below
  2. Run or walk 26.2 miles as part of an organised race or at a time and place of your choosing between 1st March and 31st May
  3. Submit evidence of your race along with your registration number e.g. screenshot from your running app, race result or photo of your treadmill showing the time and distance covered before midnight on 31st May
  4. Receive your medal in the post at the beginning of the following month
  5. Results will be posted and Leader Board points allocated at the beginning of June.

Don’t worry if you don’t have a registration number yet. Go ahead and fill in the form and we’ll send your number with your confirmation email.

We are sorry but this race has now closed. Click here for more races.

1,000 Mile Challenge

Guest Post by Sean Bridge

Sean's 100 milesSo…… this is my first blog for someone other than my own website so I’m an amateur at this and am getting my apology in early people.

I’ve been running since 2010, but it was on and off as I had a bigger love for beer and football. I did a few 10Ks here and there and a couple of half marathons (my PB for a half is 1:57), but in 2012 I was persuaded to run the London marathon.

I work for a leading homeless charity in London and we have roughly 25 places each year to the London marathon and there were a few injuries to our runners. So on a cold Friday night after work in early January, I was drunkenly asked if I would “up my running” and run the London marathon.  Bear in mind I was 5 or 6 beers down at this point.

My obvious drunken reaction was, “yeah of course I’ll run 26.2 miles.” Then, come Saturday afternoon with the obligatory heavy head, it hit me……… I’ve agreed to run 26.2 miles!!! And there’s no going back.

But the more and more the hangover disappeared, the more I kept thinking “I could actually do this; this is an amazing opportunity that shouldn’t be passed up.” So, long story short, I did the London marathon with my IT band in tatters, in well over 5 hours.

This is when my love of running disappeared completely. After 2012 I bumbled along and ran very little. The same is to be said of 2013 and most of 2014. But a few work colleagues decided to do a couple of Greenwich 10Ks, and for those of you who know Greenwich park, it’s VERY VERY hilly.

Whilst doing the first Greenwich 10K with very little training, I thought to myself “This is either my last run ever or I’m going to focus solely on running and make a proper go of it.” So I finished the hilliest run of my life in 1:00:16 – YES 16 seconds over an hour.  Annoying wasn’t the word at the time, but it did prove to be a very good source of ammunition and I will go back one day and break that hour mark.

So after that I decided the only way I’ll get back into running “properly” (in my words) was to challenge myself, and challenge myself I have. I am attempting to run 1,000 miles in 2015….. not for charity but for myself.

I am also training for the North London half marathon and am currently about 60 miles behind target, which isn’t ideal but this only motivates me to run more. I have fallen back in love with running all over again. I have started my blog – Lots of Running 2015 (shameless plug), I’ve joined Virtual Running and came 7th in January, and have already made some on-line friends through RunKeeper and UK Run Chat (#teamred).

In all honesty I am struggling with keeping on target for the 1,000 miles as I find it hard to run after work during the week, but I am determined to complete this challenge and pick up some medals along the way 🙂

Thanks for the opportunity to write this Kirsten and for those that are reading please join Virtual Running UK. It’s an amazing idea!!!!

Huge thank you to Sean Bridge for writing this post for us. Please visit his blog at Lots of Running 2015.

13 in Thirteen

I’ve been asked to do a guest blog here on virtual running and to tell you about my story and charity challenge(s). So lets rewind to 2012.

Back in April of that year I topped the scales at near 20 stone. I then had a kick up backside from my  3 year old daughter who gave me a reality check. I then decided to lose weight and over next 4 months with help from a PT instructor dropped 4 stone. I then needed motivation to keep going so I signed up for the Great Yorkshire run 10k in Sheffield.

I did the race and finished in 57:58. Not a fast time by anyone’s standard but I was hooked.

Mohican RunnerI signed up for another 10k 2 weeks later and dropped down to 55:15 and then I was hooked on getting faster. By time I had done my 3rd 10k in December of that year I had gotten my 10k time down to 50:15. It was then I decided to do my first charity challenge. I always wanted to fundraise for the NSPCC as they saved me from abuse as a child. I came up with doing 13 10km races in 2013. The challenge was called “13inThirteen.”

The other part of the challenge was I had to set a new PB at each race. Over the 2013 my times continued to fall and I completed that challenge back in December 2013 with a PB of 41:17 and I managed to raise over £2,000 for the charity.

However I felt I had unfinished business so decided to up the challenge for 2014. I decided to keep the 13 in thirteen name and do 13 half marathons in 13 months, Jan ’14 to Jan ’15. Now before this I had only done one half marathon in 1:41:42 and set myself a goal of getting a sub 90 HM. The challenge was a lot harder, plus we had issues along the way.

Firstly the cancelled Sheffield HM meant I had to go all the way to Plymouth 2 weeks later to keep challenge going. I suffered a hamstring injury after my Feb HM but had to race a week later for my March HM. That was painful. At the Great North Run. I was struck down with illness at mile 11 and collapsed over the finish line. It turned I had severe Tonsillitis and was laid up for next few weeks. However I kept going and in October I finally ran under 90 minutes, then went faster in my next two half marathons. Then the other weekend was my final race in York and finished with a new PB of 83:17! and so far raised over £4k from my challenge, and through telling my own story the NSPCC has used that and raised over £1,000,000 from it.

I now have the following PB’s 5k – 18:33, 10k’ – 37:47,  HM 83:17.  I am now in training for London and my goal is to get a GFA time.  One thing that stands out about me is my obsession with going faster, oh and my Mohican.

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My charity challenge site: 13inThirteen
My own blog: Mohican Runner
My justigiving page: Just Giving – 13inThirteen
and if you’re on twitter follow me at @mohicanrunner