Christmas Accumulator Challenge

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Christmas Accumulator Challenge

Join the festive fun this December! Complete 12 runs (or more) and earn yourself a tree-mendous medal.

Entry £15

Your Challenge

Submit your results or log and track each run as you go

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Tis the Season to be Jogging!

Oh what fun it is to run…  The hugely popular December Accumulator challenge is back to have you running on Christmas cheer this festive season!

Complete the 12 runs of Christmas (or more!) of any distance between 1 & 25 December and earn yourself a special Christmas tree medal decoration.  But wait, there’s myrrh…  the challenge includes an optional distance element with a bespoke digital certificate awarded to anyone who completes a distance award.

The challenge starts on 1 December and ends on 25 December.  The challenge costs £15 to join – your challenge joining fee includes a unique finishers medal, access to our online tracking tool, and support throughout the challenge.

The weather outside is frightful, but this delightful challenge will fire you up to keep on running through December.  May all your miles be merry!

The Challenge

Complete 12 runs in December!

Join the festive fun this December! Complete 12 runs (or more) and earn yourself a tree-mendous medal.

Optional accumulator distance award

There are three optional distance challenges.  Depending on how far you travel over your 12 (or more!) runs we will award a bespoke digital finishers certificate to download and share:

  • Run Run Rudolph – 30 miles
  • Holy Night! – 60 miles
  • Great Tidings! – 100 miles

You can use our online tracker to log your runs or use your own tracking app or device to record your activity.  Once you have completed 12 runs (or more) and your target distance, simply submit your results to confirm that you have completed the challenge and to receive your digital finishers certificate.

Active Advent

To keep you festively fueled, we’ve created an Advent Calendar with tasks to try through the challenge (between 1 – 25 December).  How many can you tick off?

  1. Christmas shopping… run past a Christmas window display and snap a selfie
  2. Santa suit-up… run in a festive outfit (Santa’s hat, Elf ears, Rudolph antlers etc, all count!)
  3. All I want for Christmas is a new PB… run a PB (any PB counts) in December
  4. Up to snow good… create Strava art in a festive shape
  5. Naughty List… add hill sprints to one of your runs!
  6. Jingle all the way… add Christmas decorations to your running trainers
  7. It takes one to snow one… give someone a running related Christmas present
  8. Gangster wrap… sing a Christmas song out loud as you run
  9. Running on Christmas cheer… listen to our Christmas Spotify playlist as you run
  10. We three kings… run past 3 pubs with a link to royalty in their name  (i.e. The Crown, Royal Oak, Queens Head, Kings Arms…)
  11. Tree-mendous… take a photo of your town’s Christmas tree, Christmas lights, or a festively decorated house on your run
  12. Baby it’s cold outside… finish the challenge off in style with a Christmas Eve or Christmas Day run

Click below to download and print your Advent Tracker so you can tick them off as you go!


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Junior Christmas Challenge

There is a separate Christmas challenge for our junior runners aged 14 years and under, so the whole family can get involved!


Great Run Solo Strava Club

Join our official Great Run Solo Strava group & track your runs with other runners taking on the Christmas Accumulator challenge.

The Challenge

Christmas Accumulator Challenge

How it works

1Entries open 10 Nov
2Enter any time until Friday10 Dec
3Start running from 1 Dec
4Keep track of your 12 runs and see how many of our 12 Advent Calendar tasks you can complete
5Complete the challenge by 25 Dec (Christmas Day!)
6Submit your final results to claim your digital certificate
Entry £15

Tracking your activity

We recommend that you use a tracking app to log your running activity during your challenge – any app or watch can be used. You also have the option of using our online tracker to log each run as you go, this is available here on the challenge page from the start of the challenge (1 Dec).

To use the tracker, and submit your results at the end of the challenge, you will need your unique Great Run ID which can be found in your entry confirmation email.

For more information, read our guide to tracking your runs and providing evidence for your Great Run Solo challenge.


Christmas Accumulator FAQ

If you have any questions about the Christmas Accumulator Challenge, please see our FAQ section.

The Reward

Christmas Accumulator Challenge

Complete 12 runs (or more) to earn yourself a tree-mendous medal!

Entry £15

What you get

All challenge participants will receive a showstopping medal to reward your efforts;  it might just be your favourite delivery through the post-box this Christmas!

Attached to the medal is a unique Christmas Tree decoration to hang on your tree this festive season. Our aim if for all medals to arrive before Christmas* so that you can wear it with pride as soon as you complete the challenge, and light up your Christmas tree with the decoration attachment.

Note: For international runners, there is an additional £4.75 charge to cover medal postage.

*Medals should arrive week commencing 13 December.

Your challenge highlights

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