Great Manchester Run launches virtual running challenge in aid of NHS Charities Together

Solo challenge will provide motivation and give purpose to running during the lockdown imposed by the coronavirus pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused massive disruption to all our lives, especially as we enter the warmer months when many people enjoy taking part in outdoor activities.

The Great Manchester Run always gets a fantastic turn out, with thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds running for good causes.

Although this year’s run, which was scheduled for 24th May, has had to be postponed until Sunday 6th September, the organisers of the Great North Run, Britain’s biggest running event, have launched a brand new virtual running challenge to help keep people fit, as well as raising much needed funds.     

#GreatRunSolo is a brand new virtual running challenge encouraging people to stay healthy, be active and run solo to raise vital funds for the NHS Charities Together COVID-19 Urgent Appeal.

Anyone can sign up to a distance-based challenge lasting 7 or 28 days. The challenges range from 7k a week to 280km (ultra) a month.  Distances of 50km 75km, and 100km a month are also available.

Each challenge costs £10 to take part and begins on a Monday. Distances of 1mile and 7km are available for children.

The Great Run Company will donate all profits to the NHS Charities Together COVID-19 Urgent Appeal, which meets the immediate needs of patients, staff and volunteers affected by coronavirus.

Once a runner’s distance is completed and logged online, they will be rewarded with a unique #GreatRunSolo medal to celebrate their achievement.

“There is no doubt that the coronavirus outbreak has resulted in unprecedented challenges for the NHS, and we wanted to do our bit to raise vital funds for the Appeal,” said Paul Foster, chief executive at The Great Run Company. 

“Lots of runners have seen a major goal for 2020 taken away from them, and others might be struggling to stay motivated during these uncertain times. #GreatRunSolo is the perfect opportunity to maintain a healthy body and mind, be active and contribute to this extremely worthy cause.

“#GreatRunSolo is an ongoing challenge that can be built into your daily exercise routine as indicated by the government, and the range of distances make it accessible for people of all ages and abilities, from children and beginners to ultra runners.

“However, we do ask that runners stay safe and follow the exercise and social distancing advice given by the government and Public Health England.”

Find out more and sign up to #GreatRunSolo

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