Great North Run launch virtual exercise challenge to raise vital funds for NHS

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The Great Run Company has launched a series of virtual running challenges to help raise money for the NHS Charities Together COVID-19 Urgent Appeal.

#GreatRunSolo has been designed to encourage people of all ages to exercise whilst generating funds for the heroes on the frontline.

The UK continues to battle against the coronavirus pandemic that has brought many major events - including the Great Run itself - to a temporary halt, and proceeds from #GreatRunSolo entry fees will go to the health service.

The weekly and monthly challenges range from 7k to 280km.

All distances are logged online - and each runner is rewarded with their own unique #GreatRunSolo medal upon completion of their challenge.

Paul Foster, chief executive at The Great Run Company, said: “There is no doubt that the coronavirus outbreak has resulted in unprecedented challenges for the NHS, and we wanted to do our bit to raise vital funds for the Appeal.

“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. #GreatRunSolo is the perfect opportunity to maintain a healthy body and mind, be active and contribute to this extremely worthy cause.

“#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, we do ask that runners stay safe and follow the exercise and social distancing advice given by the government and Public Health England.”

Each #GreatRunSolo challenge begins on a Monday and costs £10 to enter - with every penny of the profits being donated to NHS Charities Together COVID-19 Urgent Appeal.

Participants can choose between completing 7km or 7miles in one week, or tackling 50km, 75km, 100km, or 280km over a month.

For junior runners aged 14 and under, there's the option to run a mile in one go, or conquer 1km every day for one week.

Find out more about the #GreatRunSolo by visiting the Great Run website.

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