We want to give you a challenge to stay motivated and also celebrate what would have been Great Manchester Run weekend. By taking part you are supporting the We Love Manchester charity.

 

The We Love Manchester Active Challenge is a chance for you to support your city and be active at the same time. What's more, everyone who completes the challenge will receive a special edition medal. Starting on 10 August and finishing on 6 September, the day the Great Manchester Run was scheduled to take place, participants are challenged to complete a minimum of 15 activities (walk, jog or run) of any distance over 28 days. For younger runners, there is a junior challenge available.

The challenge costs £10 to join, and ALL PROFITS will go to the We Love Manchester charity. Please note this challenge is separate to My Great Manchester Run.

How it works

  1. 1 Enter the We Love Manchester Active challenge
  2. 2 Start your activity from 10 August
  3. 3 Keep a track of your activities
  4. 4 Complete your final activity by 6 September
  5. 5 Log your results to confirm you’ve completed the challenge

The challenge

 

COMPLETE 15 ACTIVITIES IN 28 DAYS

You can walk, jog or run at any pace and distance comfortable for you. Everyone who completes a minimum of 15 activities to finish the challenge will receive a special edition medal and certificate.

As we can’t all run together on Sunday 6 September, we’re creating a Virtual Bee Wave so that we can be together in spirit. We encourage everyone to complete their final activity on 6 September dressed in bee theme – a bee costume, t-shirt (adult - black, kids - yellow) or hoodie can be purchased when you enter the challenge. Let’s bring Stripy back in fashion! You can also buy merchandise separately.
 

Buy Merchandise

 

(optional) Cumulative distance challenge

For those of you who also like a distance challenge, the second part of the challenge is for you. There are three distance levels; depending on how far you have achieved over your 15 (or more) activities we will award you a Yellow, Black or Stripes finisher memento which you can download and share with pride.

  • Yellow: up to 50k
  • Black: up to100k
  • Stripes: over 100k

Track your activities then at the end of the challenge, simply return to log your results and confirm you’ve completed the challenge by uploading evidence of your activity over the challenge period. Join our official Strava group & track your activities with others who are taking on the challenge.

You can enter the We Love Manchester Active Challenge any time up to 23 August when entries close.
 

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SUPPORT THE MANCHESTER CHARITIES

We are encouraging everyone who joins the challenge to fundraise for a Great Manchester Run charity who otherwise would miss out this year. Choose a charity and encourage your friends, family and wider supporter network to rally behind you as you embark on your virtual challenge.

JUNIOR CHALLENGE

COMPLETE 15 ACTIVITIES IN 28 DAYS

The Junior challenge starts on 9 August and finishes on 5 September. To complete the challenge participants must log 15 activities (walk, jog or run) of any distance over 28 days. Participants are encouraged to complete their final activity on 5 September in bee theme. There will be a special edition medal for completing the challenge.
 

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What you get

On completion of your challenge we will send you an exclusive We Love Manchester Active Challenge medal and digital certificate. Participants who complete a distance challenge will be awarded a Yellow, Black or Stripes memento to share, print and display with pride, to mark the achievement.


Please be patient as medals will arrive approx. 1 month after you have completed the challenge. For international participants, there is an additional £3.50 charge to cover medal postage. Digital certificates will be made available after the challenge is completed and you have uploaded your evidence.

FAQ's

We’re sad that the Great Manchester Run has been cancelled, but we want to keep you moving & support a good cause at the same time.  Designed to keep people motivated through what would have been their preparation for the Great Manchester Run, the challenge is to complete a minimum of 15 activities (walk, jog or run) of any distance over 28 days. 

Please note: This is a separate challenge to My Great Manchester Run; you can find out more about that here

If you have a question that isn’t covered below please email us at: info@greatrun.org  

The challenge costs £10 to join, but you have the option of donating a further £5 (select the £15 entry price option) or a further £10 (select the £20 entry price option). All profits will go to the We Love Manchester Charity. If you want to raise any additional money during your running then create a JustGiving page.  
Yes, for participants aged 17+, the challenge starts on 10 August. For runners aged 16 or below, the Junior challenge starts on 9 August.
Yes, the deadline for entries is 23 August. The deadline for completing the challenge is 6 September, the deadline for completing the Junior challenge is 5 September.  

You can enter online ahead of the start date. We will also accept entries for the We Love Manchester Active Challenge after the challenge start date, up to 23 August. 

We suggest you use a tracking app (like Nike NRC, Asics, Runkeeper or Strava) to track each activity over the challenge period. After the deadline, you will need to come back to our website to upload a screenshot of your activity to get your medal.  Please see our guide on tracking your activities if you have any queries. You can also join our official strava group & track your activities with other participants taking on the challenge. 

To upload your evidence simply visit the results page and complete the online form after the challenge deadline. You will need to enter your Great Run registration ID, which can be found on your entry confirmation email, and date of birth. You can then upload the screenshot(s) of your tracking app, enter your cumulative distance and confirm you have completed the challenge. 

The challenge is open to everyone. For participants aged 16 & under there is a Junior challenge.

On completion of your challenge, once you have logged your results, we will send you an exclusive medal to wear with pride. Medals will arrive approx. 1 month after you have completed the challenge. Digital certificates will be made available after you have finished the challenge.

Note for international runners - there is an additional £3.50 charge to cover medal postage. This is paid on entry.

Yes, you can use a treadmill to reach your target. Just remember to track the activity.

Yes you can do more than one activity per day, but don’t overdo it!

Yes of course you can. All walking, jogging or running activity counts as long as you track it.

You don’t need to log your results with us after each activity. You can visit the results page (coming soon) once you have completed the challenge and upload evidence of your activity (15 activities or more), enter your total distance and confirm that you have completed the challenge.

If you do wish to log your activity as you progress through the challenge then you will be able to do this very soon. We will email you when the feature is live with a link and instructions on how to do this. For now, we suggest that you continue to track each activity to keep a record of your activity.

The first part of the challenge is to do 15 activities (or more) in the 28 days – everyone who does this will receive a special edition medal.

The second part is to tally up the distance that you’ve completed. At the end of the challenge when you log your activities, you will need to calculate the total distance that you’ve covered.

We will then award you with a finisher memento which you can download and share with pride. If you have covered up to 50k you will receive Yellow, up to 100k you will receive Black and over 100k you will receive Stripes.

You don’t need to enter this challenge separately – if you have already entered the challenge then you already have the chance to achieve the yellow, black or stripes award.

At the end of the challenge when logging your results you will need to calculate the total distance that you’ve covered.

We will then award you with a finisher memento which you can download and share with pride. If you have covered up to 50k you will receive Yellow, up to 100k you will receive Black and over 100k you will receive Stripes.

You don’t need to change anything, you haven’t committed to a distance. At the end of the challenge when you log your activities, you will need to calculate the total distance that you’ve covered.

We will then award you with a finisher memento which you can download and share with pride. If you have covered up to 50k you will receive Yellow, up to 100k you will receive Black and over 100k you will receive Stripes.

Please send an email to info@greatrun.org with all of your details and the team will assist you.