Running challenges are a great way to keep your running routine going if you have taken up running during lockdown or if you are a keen runner and missed your usual races over the last couple of years.
- Supernova Kelpies 5K in March
- Kilomathon Scotland in April
- Edinburgh Marathon Festival in May
- Men’s 10K Glasgow in June
- Great North Run in September
- Scottish 10K and Scottish Half Marathon in September
- Great Scottish Run 10K and Half Marathon in October
- Scotland’s Virtual Kiltwalk in October
- Women’s 10K Edinburgh & Men’s 10K Edinburgh in October
If you are daunted by the idea of taking part in an active challenge – don’t be – people who participate by running or cycling in aid of Prostate Scotland are made up of people who just want to make a difference. Our fundraisers include people of all ages and experiences, from many who had never run a race before to some who have run several marathons – all bound together with one clear aim – to make a difference for those with prostate disease.
The Supernova Kelpies 5K is a unique challenge taking place at the Kelpies in Falkirk at night. You can choose to run or walk, and the emphasis is very much on fun.
Two events this year offer exciting virtual challenges suitable for all abilities, the Great Run Solo and Scotland’s Virtual Kiltwalk. The Edinburgh Marathon Festival includes several distances, and you may even want to try the relay event with your family, friends or colleagues!
A new event, the Women’s 10K Edinburgh takes place in October.
Please stay safe – training and events undertaken should follow the current Scottish Government COVID 19 advice.
Virtual Running Challenges
- Our supporters Lyn and Colin from Dumfries & Galloway ran 3 miles every day in March raising close to £3,000 in aid of our work
- Bobby Jess is ran and walked a virtual route from Land’s End to John O’Groats using the LEJOG fitness challenge app. Bobby covered the 1084 miles in 107 days in his local area and raised over £3,800!
- Our supporter Ashleigh set herself the target of running and walking a total of 100 Miles in May in 2020. By fitting her challenge around her job as a teacher, making local deliveries of work packs to her pupils helped Ashleigh to chalk up the miles, get fitter and fundraise over £1,300.
- Sarah and Gerry completed the Virtual Great North Run. The Great North Run is the world’s biggest Half Marathon and in 2020 was replaced with the Virtual Great North Run.
- Sarah and Gerry chose a 13.1 mile coastal route along the Firth of Clyde, and tracked their achievement with a running app. The Great North Run have set a series of virtual running challenges – the Great Run Solo. Head to our events pages for more details!
- Bill completed the Edinburgh Marathon Festival Virtual Challenge. Bill opted to complete the full marathon distance by undertaking a series of 5K runs over a few weeks and fundraised the superb sum of £740!
Staying Closer to Home? ‘Around Your World in 80’ Challenge
‘Your World’ could be your garden, house or flat – 80 hours – climbing up and down stairs could be the ascent of virtual Munros or Corbetts in your favourite locations. Select a Munro, note the altitude and divide by the length of ‘Your World’ (stairs, for example), to discover how many times you need to walk it!
80 minutes of running could take you around a Half Marathon, 80 hours of walking might be a virtual visit to your favourite place in the UK, 80 hours of cycling in your locality or on the home trainer could be your virtual stab at John O’Groats to Lands End.
Sharing your sponsored run online
The safest and easiest way currently to collect donations in through an online fundraising page and you can easily set up your fundraising page and share it with friends and family.
It is straightforward to share a fundraising page in a social media post. You can copy and paste the page link from your browser onto an email, text message or social media post. Or you can follow the links from the social media icons on your fundraising page.
You may want to give your sponsors more information about our work. In your social media and email, you can paste links to our website and tag Prostate Scotland on Facebook with @prostatescotlandfundraisersandsupporters and on Twitter with @prostatescot
JustGiving has launched an integration with the free run and ride app Strava, so it’s easier to keep your family and friends updated and share your achievements – this will help you to receive encouragement and donations as you progress!
Other fundraising ideas
- Walking or cycling challenges
- Be a part of an organised event
- Fitness challenges closer to home
- Virtual social activities