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Consider yourself ‘DARED’ to take on a June Challenge

With the traditional race calendar set to be empty for the foreseeable future, June’s ‘DARED Challenge’ – 'Do A Run Every Day' – might be just the thing for runners looking to keep motivated in the weeks and months ahead.

Now in its third year, the concept of the DARED Challenge is simple: participants need only choose between committing to running or brisk walking 1 mile (‘The Beginners’ Challenge’) or 5k (‘The Experienced Challenge’) every day in June.

The relatively short daily run distance means most, if not all, people can take part. The cumulative distance run over a month, however, is enough to challenge the most experienced of runners.

As well as choosing their distance, runners can also choose what time they run at, where they run (on a treadmill or outside) and who they run with – in accordance with whatever social distancing guidelines might still be in place this summer, of course.

By choosing to run The DARED Challenge, runners won’t just be setting themselves a challenge. They’ll also be supporting vulnerable children and families across Edinburgh and the Lothians by raising funds for Circle: a charity that works at the heart of deprived communities across central Scotland.

Money raised by participants will help strengthen the charity’s family outreach work, helping children and their families communicate, repair relationships and develop skills that enable them to lead more fulfilling lives.

Over 150 runners took part in The DARED Challenge last year, raising £14,000 for Circle. Runners taking part this year can choose from two different ticket types: the standard fundraising ticket (£10 entry fee and £50 fundraising target), and the non-fundraising ticket (£30 entry fee which includes a £20 upfront donation to Circle).

Concessionary tickets are available for the unemployed, students, people with disabilities or those with health conditions which may restrict their ability to participate fully.

Early bird prices are also available until this Friday, 3 April.

Image: Circle (Facebook)

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