Complete 21 activities of any distance in January – it’s a challenge for all abilities that celebrates all activity. Walk, jog, run, or do a mix of everything, it all counts. Complete 21 activities or more and we’ll reward your efforts with a snazzy 2 in 1 medal (it doubles up as a fridge magnet!).
For those already firing on all cylinders, there is an optional distance element with a bespoke digital certificate awarded to anyone who completes a distance award.
With 4 hump days (Wednesdays are notoriously tough!) and Blue Monday to get past, it doesn’t matter how you reach the virtual finish line, as long as you keep moving. 2021, the year of the comeback!
The challenge started on 1 January and ends on 31 January – entries are now closed. If you missed out, keep an eye out for the February Accumulator Challenge opening soon.
Complete 21 Activities in January
You can walk, jog or run at any pace and distance comfortable for you. Complete a minimum of 21 activities by 31 January to finish the challenge, and you will receive a special edition medal and digital certificate.
(OPTIONAL) Accumulator Distance Award
There are three optional distance challenges. Depending on how far you walk, jog or run over your 21 (or more!) activities, we will also award you a bespoke digital finishers certificate to download and share:
- Over the first hurdle – 35 Miles
- Off to a flying start – 70 miles
- Firing on all cylinders – 125 miles
You can use our online tracker to log your activities as you go – or use your own tracking app or device to record your activity. Once you have completed 21 (or more) activities and your target distance, simply submit your results and confirm that you have completed the challenge.
We’ve created an exclusive men’s and women’s long sleeve January challenge t-shirt, bobble hat and neck warmer, to keep you warm on your January activities. Available to buy from the Great Run Shop – Order yours now.
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If you have any questions about the January Accumulator Challenge, see our FAQ section.
The medal is formed of two magnets, so you can wear it with pride or attach both parts of the medal to your fridge as a daily reminder of your achievement. Digital certificates are available to download when you submit your results.
For international runners, there is an additional £3.50 charge to cover medal postage. Digital certificates are available to download until the results submission deadline.
To keep you moving!
We know January can be a long month… so to keep you motivated and ensure you treat yourself a bit too, we’ve created a series of fun extras to see you through. How many can you do?
- Explore a new route
- New year, new gear… snap a selfie with a new piece of running gear
- Create Strava art in the shape of 2021
- Forget Blue Monday completely… Be active every Monday in Jan and kick each week off positively
- Hump Day hill bursts
- Take a flask with a hot treat to accompany you on one of your activities
- Sunrise or sunset exploring
- Bake or make a sweet treat to enjoy after an activity
- Finish the challenge off in style with your final activity on 31 Jan
We need your help to create a fresh playlist for 2021, full of energy and positivity! Add your favourite tunes to our Spotify playlist and then enjoy the soundtrack on your next activity.
Like Blue Monday, hills are a real hurdle to get over, but they’re the core of all good training programmes! Add some power walking or hill sprints into your activity every Wednesday in January.
Share your pics & videos with us on social using #GreatRunSolo to appear in our January challenge review video. We’ll be awarding prizes to our favourites throughout the month!