Virtual Races FAQ
Frequently asked questions
What is a Virtual Race?
A race that can be run (or walked!) anytime, anywhere and with anyone, even on a treadmill! It gives you the opportunity to earn a great medal, while giving some money to a local charity at the same time!
How does a Virtual Race work?
Simply register for one of our virtual races/challenges, go out and run, and then upload your information to our website or on our Facebook or Twitter pages.
For example, in the case of the special monthly event, a picture of your watch after your run, showing time and distance would be fine. The monthly mileage challenges where it might take you a few runs to reach your target mileage - these can be submitted using a screenshot of your Garmin connect dashboard or your Strava page. To make even easier, you can always use that old friend a pen and paper to record your runs and then send us an image of your scribbles at the end of the month! We'll send your finisher's medal to you as soon as we receive your run information. We're happy to take your results in whatever format you send them to us!
Can anyone participate?
Yes, absolutely! Fast or slow, Hare or Tortoise :-) - we encourage runners of all ability levels and ages.
Do I have to run?
In a word, NO. You can run, walk or crawl, whatever your chosen pace, set your goal and then go out and accomplish it!
Do I have to run it all in one go?
In the case of a 1000 mile annual challenge - I should hope not!
Seriously, if you find that you have entered a 5k event but need to break it up into 2/3 sessions over a couple of days to make up the distance, that’s absolutely fine!
Just send us an image of your watch with the various distances and times on after you reach your goal.
How do I keep track of my results?
There are numerous ways to keep track of your results these days, from the faithful running diary, to the super-efficient online training support platforms that do it all for you.
We don't mind how you submit it, or what format it is in. Keeping track of your running doesn’t need to be complicated, so we will leave it up to you to decide.
Where do I upload my results?
You can upload your results to us using any of the following:
What happens if I don't upload my results in time?
You can submit your results up to a month after the end of the race timeframe.
What happens if I simply run out of time and don’t complete the distance in the event timeframe?
Having created this as a way to give people the flexibility to run when they are able, telling people they can’t have their medals because they couldn’t quite fit it in, doesn't seem right!
What if I miss one of the events/medals that I really want?
You have two options – you can wait until the next year comes around, hoping that we haven’t run out the previous year or decided to change it, or you can opt for our ‘Pick & Mix’ Virtual Race and pick from the remaining medals to make up your set, should you be missing a vital one!
Are there any additional shipping/postage costs associated with my medal?
No, the entry fee covers the postage of your medals, to anywhere in the UK.
How much of my entry fee goes to the chosen charity?
We are committed to making a donation of £1.50/race entry to local charities.
How do you pick your chosen charities?
Initially, we have chosen some local charities that we are aware of personally.