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Virtual Events


Looking to stay fit AND help us at the same time? Read on!

Get fit with our new virtual adventure!

Turn your regular exercise into an adventure to remember with StrideQuest, our unique new fitness challenge! In collaboration with game illustrator and writers RPG Toons and R-N-W, we’ve created an exciting RPG-inspired virtual journey that transforms the streets of your daily walk or run into a quest through mountains, forests and epic landscapes!

StrideQuest is distance-based adventure that you can enjoy as part of your regular run or walk. As you cover the miles you'll be emailed successive segments of a unique fictional StrideQuest map. Each segment unlocks the next chapter of the StrideQuest story, taking you on a journey of discovery through new and wonderful lands. By the end, you’ll have completed the full map and completed the Quest!

With two distances to choose from - 50 or 100 miles - StrideQuest is a challenge for everyone, whether you’re looking for a family activity, wanting to compete with friends or colleagues or just looking for a new challenge. Taking part couldn’t be easier – all you need is a fitness app such as Strava or Google Fit on your phone, or a smartwatch to record the distances you cover.


Make every mile count!

You’re no longer just going for a run, a walk, a ride, or a swim, you’re working towards conquering a fitness goal! Take on one of the Conqueror Challenges, which offer motivating options like walking the equivalent distance of Hadrian’s Wall or Land’s End to John O’Groats, each with their own awesome medal!

You participate in each Conqueror challenge through the mobile app, so there's no need to send emails or fill web forms to show your proofs of workout.


Get Britain Running Winter Challenge

EXTENDED UNTIL MAY 2021!!! Get Britain Running brings you a series of five leading virtual half marathons, where entry to any of the events unlocks a virtual Christmas market and fun for all the family. Run all five of the virtual events and you’ll get an exclusive Winter Running Festival medal!

There are two options for each of the challenges – you can either register for free and get a digital certificate at the end, or you can pay an entry fee and receive a specially designed t-shirt and medal. Entry into any of the events also gets you instant access to Realbuzz’s online Winter Festival.

Fancy the challenge? Then sign up today and choose SpecialEffect as your charity to raise funds for. We’ll be in touch after you register.


Build Your Own Challenge

Alternatively, you can design your own challenge – whether it’s walking, running or cycling. It could be a one-off activity or working towards a cumulative total over a period of time (eg. 5000 steps per day over a month).

You set the distance, time period and fundraising target you want – then set up your JustGiving page as part of our Virtual Event campaign and track your progress using the Strava integration app.

At the end, you’ll receive a special certificate from us!

Email Ellie for more details

"DONE!... It was worth it"

Sam completed a 5K challenge in his powered wheelchair at home, raising over £350 for our work by going up and down the length of his house - all 8.5 metres of it! That meant a lot of laps and it took him 1hr 27 to complete. His mum even made him a finish line to cross over!

Important Notice

Please ensure that you observe the latest Government guidelines around exercise and social distancing whilst completing your challenge. SpecialEffect accepts no liability for injury or damage to property sustained in completing your virtual event.


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