For over a year we’ve been running solo, but the return of running together is now just around the corner!
We launched our very first Great Run Solo in May 2020 to help keep people moving and motivated through the raft of restrictions. Since then, over 100,000 people from across the UK have collectively run, jogged and walked an impressive number of miles to complete challenges.
With restrictions easing we’re pressing pause on the Accumulator challenge and focusing our attention on the return of our mass participation events this autumn (be there or be square!).
So as we start to limber up for the real start line, we’ve got a final Accumulator challenge for you to conquer in May.
As it’s the last Great Run Solo Accumulator (for now), this month is going to be a bit different! So join the challenge, enjoy one more month of running, and earn another wacky medal for your collection… this one might just be the best one yet!
The challenge starts on 1 May and ends on 31 May. You can join any time from now until Monday 10 May at 10am, when entries close.
It costs £15 to join – your challenge joining fee includes a unique finishers medal, access to training plans & tips, access to our online tracking tool, and support throughout the challenge.
Complete 15 Runs
To conquer the challenge you have to complete 15 runs (or more) and navigate all four steps of our Runners’ Roadmap.
You don’t need to submit evidence as you navigate each step of the Runners’ Roadmap, but if you share your pics with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #GreatRunSolo and you could win one of our weekly prizes.
Complete the challenge and you will be rewarded with a unique finisher’s medal and digital certificate. There’s also an optional distance challenge, with a bespoke digital certificate awarded to anyone who completes a distance award.
Step 1 (1-9 May)
Get back on track
Running tracks are back open so your challenge is to run a mile as quickly as you can. 1 mile is 4 laps of a 400m track (plus about 10 metres), so head down to your local track, or create your own 400m circuit, and get running! Share a pic of your workout for a chance to win a free Great Run event entry.
Step 2 (10-16 May)
Pubs are back open, hooray! Plot a route that passes 5 pubs (or more!) and swig a selfie at each for a chance to win a CLIF Training Pack. CHEERS!
Step 3 (17–23 May)
Hair raising running
Barbers and hairdressers are back open to rescue all the shoddy haircuts on show. Run past a hairdresser or barber and snip a selfie for a chance to win a Great Run Solo t-shirt. Bonus points if you can get the barber / hairdresser to give a wave…
Step 4 (24-31 May)
Clock up some miles with a running pal (or two, three, four, five) and snap a socially distanced selfie for a chance to win a Great Run Solo t-shirt.
(Optional) Accumulator Distance Award
There are three optional distance challenges. Depending on the distance you cover over your 15 (or more!) runs, we will award you a bespoke digital finishers certificate to download and share:
YOU TOOK THE HIGH ROAD – 35 Miles
ARE WE THERE YET? – 70 miles
ON THE ROAD TO GREATNESS – 125 miles
You can use our online tracker to log your runs – live from 1 May – or use your own tracking app or device to record your activity.
Once you have completed 15 runs (or more) and your target distance, simply submit your results and confirm that you have completed the challenge.
Great Run Solo
Join our official Strava group & track your runs with other runners taking on a Great Run Solo challenge.
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 of your 15 (or more) runs as you go, this is available here on the challenge page from the start of the challenge (1 May).
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.
Complete the challenge by 31 May and we’ll send you a unique finisher’s medal (pictured) to celebrate your achievement. Your entry fee also includes access to our online tracking tool – live on the challenge page from 1 May – and support throughout the challenge.
Digital certificates are available to download (and share!) when you submit your results, and are available to download until the results submission deadline on 8 June.
Note: For international runners, there is an additional £3.50 charge to cover medal postage.
Help create our Runners’ Roadmap soundtrack! Add your favourite pop tunes or rock anthems to our May Spotify playlist, then download and play as you run. We’ve added a few to start you off.