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Virtual Events


Looking to stay fit and motivated, while also helping us? Read on!

With our regular programme of challenge events having been either cancelled or postponed for the foreseeable future, here's some alternative ways to help us while at the same time staying safe and being motivated to keep fit.

This is your opportunity to join forces with a growing ‘virtual’ team of likeminded supporters, who are going the extra mile to complete personal challenges from their own locality.

Whether it's undertaking one of our set-distance runs or building a challenge of your own design, there are several options to choose from:

Virtual London 10k

Sunday 5 July, 9am BST

Can we get 100 people around the world running 10K for SpecialEffect all at the same time? C’mon, we can do this!

The ASICS London 10k is indefinitely postponed, so let’s take matters into our own hands. Same date, same time, same distance – just run in your own locality and in accordance with the current Government guidelines at that time.

We’ll all set off ‘together’ at 09.00 BST* and if you complete the distance you’ll receive a unique SpecialEffect medal! It’s also become something of a tradition to dress-up as a favourite games character and we heartily encourage you to do so!

*If this date/time isn’t convenient, complete your 10K any time between 5-12 July and still claim your medal.

Sign up for FREE here!

"I did it! The back garden 7k"

Ali, who's currently undergoing a major course of chemotherapy, raised over £1000 for our work by running 140 laps of her garden as an alternative to the cancelled Blenheim 7k event.

She had encouragement all the way from her son Tiago, who we’ve supported for many years. “I didn’t have a time in mind, just completing it was a challenge,” she said, “But Tiago cheered me on every lap. It was great!”

Set Distance Challenge

Run a standard distance of either 5K, 10K, 15k or a Half Marathon – just sign up through one of the links below, choose your local route, run your distance, and then upload your run to the RealBuzz website to receive a unique SpecialEffect medal! Ideal for anyone who signed up for a Rough Runner or Half Marathon and still wants to fulfil their pledge to their sponsors.

SpecialEffect supporters can register for FREE, all we ask is that you try to raise a minimum of £20 to cover the admin cost of your place to the charity.

Register for a 5K Virtual Run

Register for a 10K Virtual Run

Register for a 15K Virtual Run

Register for a Virtual Half Marathon

Steve's longest run

Steve's fundraising for us by running a virtual half marathon from his home in Cornwall. This is a huge undertaking for him - the longest race he's previously competed in was six miles.

Steve chose SpecialEffect to raise money for during the lockdown as he felt the fun and inclusion people have in their day-to-day lives is something most people take for granted. As an asthmatic, he's in an 'at risk' category and was going to do the distance in two separate runs, but in the end did plenty of training before running the full distance in one go!

“I love running and enjoy giving back when I can. During the current covid-19 pandemic many people aren't able to get out and do what we all took for granted. In the UK we have the chance to get out once a day to exercise so I am making the most of this opportunity and wanted to find a way to give something back.”

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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