Solo female runner in the countryside

#GreatRunSolo is the only game in town

“Lots of runners have seen a major goal for 2020 taken away from them, and others might be struggling to stay motivated during these uncertain times." That's the view of Paul Foster, chief executive at the Great Run Company, the team behind many of the UK's biggest running events including Great North Run.

That opinion has led to the creation of #GreatRunSolo, a brand new virtual running challenge encouraging the public to stay healthy, be active and run solo. #GreatRunSolo is the umbrella for a range of weekly or monthly distance-based challenges from 7k to 280k, with an additional one mile distance available for children.

Paul Foster also wants to put the firepower of the Great Run Company behind the NHS Charities Together COVID-19 Urgent Appeal and support a cause which meets the immediate needs of patients, staff and volunteers affected by coronavirus.

The Great Run team thinks that #GreatRunSolo is the perfect opportunity to maintain a healthy body and mind, be active and contribute to an extremely worthy cause.

Each of the weekly and monthly challenges costs £10 to take part in and the Great Run Company will donate all profits to the NHS Charities Together Appeal. Once their overall distance is completed and logged online, each runner will be rewarded with a unique #GreatRunSolo medal to celebrate their achievement.

#GreatRunSolo is an ongoing challenge that can be built into your daily exercise routine as indicated by the government, and the range of distances make it accessible for people of all ages and abilities, from children and beginners to ultra runners.

However, organisers ask that runners stay safe and follow the exercise and social distancing advice given by the government and Public Health England.

How does the #GreatRunSolo challenge work?

  • Each challenge begins on a Monday and lasts for 7 or 28 days
  • All distances cost £10 to participate in, with all profits donated to NHS Charities Together COVID-19 Urgent Appeal

Weekly Challenges

  • 7k
  • 7miles

Monthly Challenges

  • Bronze – 50k
  • Silver – 75k
  • Gold – 100k
  • Ultra – 280k


  • 7k weekly challenge
  • Magic Mile


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