Virtual Running Challenges

Choose your challenge, keep moving and push yourself further


Great Run Solo is a series of virtual running challenges to keep you moving, push you further, and to help you train for your next Great Run event.

There are a range of virtual running challenges from 7 days up to one month, and across a series of distances, ensuring there is a challenge for everyone. There is also a junior distance challenge available for the budding running stars of the future.

You can enter more than one Great Run Solo challenge, so when you've completed one distance you can take the next step up & earn your next medal, or try the monthly accumulator challenge. Challenges cost £10-£15 to join and your entry fee includes a unique finishers medal, access to training plans and tips & support throughout the challenge.

Join Great Run Solo and set your sights on your next challenge – we’re behind you every step of the way!


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Great Run Solo is a series of virtual running challenges you can run at your own pace.  There are a range of challenges from 7 and 28 day distance challenges to a monthly accumulator challenge. 
If you have a question about the challenge that isn’t covered below please email us at:
Yes. Great Run Solo 7 or 28 day distance challenges start every Monday, so you can choose to start on the Monday just gone, or the next Monday in the calendar. Great Run Solo monthly accumulator challenges start on 1st each month.
Yes, the challenge deadline depends on the challenge you choose. Monthly accumulator challenges end on the last day of the challenge month. All distance challenges end on a Sunday. Depending on which distance you choose, your challenge period will be 7 or 28 days. If you are doing a 7 day challenge then the finish deadline is before midnight on Sunday. If you are doing a 28 day challenge then the finish deadline is before midnight on the fourth Sunday. Challenge results can be logged up to 7 days after the finish deadline of your challenge. If results are not submitted within 7 days we will assume the challenge was not completed and you will not receive a medal.  
To join, simply select your challenge and then enter online. You will receive an email confirming that you have joined your chosen challenge once the sign up process is complete. Please keep your confirmation email for reference as this contains your unique Great Run ID that you will need to log your results.

We suggest you use a tracking app to log your running activity during your challenge – any tracking app or watch can be used.  For a guide to tracking your activity, see our 'Tracking your runs' section. Once you have completed your challenge, you will need to come back to our website to log your results to get your medal. See below the evidence requirements for each challenge type: 

  • 7 miles in 7 days challenge – tracking app screenshot upload is required 
  • 50k, 100k and 150k distance challenges – screenshot upload is not compulsory 
  • Junior 7k in 7 days challenge – finish time upload is required 
  • Accumulator challenge - total time and distance is required, screnshot upload is not compulsory
Great Run Solo challenges are open for all, and we’ve created challenges to suit all ages and fitness levels.  For runners aged 15 & over, there are 7 or 28 day distance challenges and the monthly accumulator challenge.  For junior runners aged 14 and under, there’s the 7k in 7 days distance challenge.
On completion of your challenge we will send you a shiny Great Run Solo medal to wear with pride. Medals will arrive approx 1 month after you have completed the challenge. For international runners, there is an additional £3.50 charge to cover medal postage.