What’s a Virtual Race?
A virtual race is when you complete the race anywhere you want and in your own time (within the time frame below). Unlike a normal race, you set your own start line (and finish line in this case) so that you can run it anywhere you want without having to travel. You still get cheers, but these are online via our Lean On Me Race for MS facebook group instead of at the finish line.
How much is it?
For UK entries it is £16. The cost includes two medals, postage and two electronic bib numbers that will be emailed to you. Overseas entries will depend upon location but the only difference in price will be the additional cost of postage. To find out how much this will be please email [email protected]. Sorry but both medals need to be posted to one address.
How do I enter?
Simply follow the link below.
Important: Once you’ve have entered your details, you will be taken to paypal to make your payment. Please do not tick the box that says “Paying for goods or a service” because we will be charged a fee if you do.
If you are using a different email than the one used for the payment then please add this to the comments box.
If you have any issues please email me at [email protected].
The race is for MS?
Yes. 100% of the profits from this race will go to the MS Society and we have their permission to use their logos on this website and on the medal. Sarah is running London Marathon for MS in 2016 and the funds raised from this race will contribute to her charity pledge. She’ll also be racing 1,000 miles in 2016 to raise money too.
Is there still a medal?
Of course. Well actually, there’s two. One for you and one for your partner. The wonderful people at Running Imp designed a lovely glittery medal for us that splits in two.
Why do I need a partner?
We want to give people a small sense of what it is like to have the abilities we take for granted taken from you. MS, and other movement disorders, can affect your sight, ability to talk, mobility, even just using a knife and fork. You have to lean on others in order to do what used to be simple tasks. To show support for people with MS, we’re asking you to do the same for one race. You can try three legged, be guided whilst your hands are tied or blindfolded, a piggy back race or whatever other inventive way you can think of. Be creative but be careful, we don’t want broken bones. If both of you want to have a go you can always swap half way or do it twice and if you don’t have a partner it could be a good time to get someone you know being more active.
When is it?
You can run any time between 1st January and 31st December 2017.
What is the distance?
You can run any distance that you like as long as you set the distance beforehand (with you and your partner, you don’t need to tell us) so that you have a set finish line in mind. It can be 1 mile, a 5k, 10k, even a half marathon if you’re feeling adventurous. As long as someone has to help you get across that virtual finish line it doesn’t matter how far away it is from the start.
Do I need to send proof?
Yes please. It can be a link to Strava, Garmin, Fitbit, any running phone app screen print or even just a photo of you and your partner taking part in your challenge. You can send your proof to [email protected] If you’d prefer we can send the medal without proof so that you can have the medal when you finish.
How can I find out more about MS?
You can visit the MS Society website at https://www.mssociety.org.uk/