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Are you looking for a way to support YMCA but aren’t sure how with challenge events being cancelled? Look no further, YMCA has a variety of virtual running events you can now take part in anywhere from setting off from your front door or at your local park.

The Virtual 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon

Take part and make history, be one of the 100,000 taking part in the biggest Marathon ever

Team YMCA has a limited number of places in the Virtual London Marathon on Sunday 3 October 2021.

You will be able to take part anywhere in the world and on any route of your choice, whether it from your doorstep or your local park.

The Virtual London Marathon gives you the ability to complete your 26.2 miles in a 24 hour period (00:00 – 23:59 BST) so this is a great way to take part in the London Marathon in our new virtual world.

Everyone who completes the Virtual London Marathon will receive a coveted London Marathon finisher’s medal and t-shirt.

Event Date: 3 October 2021
Where: Anywhere
Distance: 26.2 miles
Registration Fee: £20
Sponsorship Pledge: £100 

Register your interest in the Virtual London Marathon 2021

Virtual Challenges

How to take part

Take a look below at the virtual events on offer and click on the link provided next to the event you want to take part in. The link will take you through to a signup page on our partner website Run For Charity. Here you will be able to sign up and find out how to submit your evidence to receive your medal for completing the race in the post.

Once you have registered, please don’t forget to set up your fundraising page, which you can do here.

If you have any questions or would like any further information please email events@ymca.org.uk

The Everest Challenge

Have you ever wanted to climb Mount Everest? Do you like the sound of reaching 8,848m above sea level, the highest point on Earth, at an altitude where humans are not designed to survive and where aeroplanes cruise? That sounds very dangerous, expensive and difficult to do in line with social distancing…..

But we have a solution – a big challenge for Isolation 2020. Can you climb the equivalent of Mount Everest in 12 weeks? In this challenge, you can go out to the hills on your daily exercise or simply tackle the stairs a couple of times every day….. achieve 8,848m of elevation gain before the end isolation, and this well earned medal can be yours!

Take Part: 1 May – 31 May 2021
Registration Fee: £13   

Take part in the Everest Challenge

Virtual Park Runs

Richmond Park

Earn your Richmond Park medal by running a Marathon and submitting your evidence.

Take Part: 1 May – 31 May 2021
Registration Fee: £13   

Take part in the Richmond Park Virtual Challenge

Tatton Park

Earn your Tatton Park medal by running a 10K and submitting your evidence.

Take Part: 1 May – 31 May 2021
Registration Fee: £13   

Take part in the Tatton Park Virtual Challenge

Victoria Park

Earn your Victoria Park medal by running a 5k, 10k and half marathon and submitting your evidence.

Take Part: 1 May – 31 May 2021
Registration Fee: £13   

Take part in the Victoria Park Virtual Challenge

Wimbledon Common

Earn your Wimbledon Common medal by running a half marathon and submitting your evidence.

Take Part: 1 May – 31 May 2021
Registration Fee: £13   

Take part in the Wimbledon Common Virtual Challenge

Battersea Park

Earn your Battersea Park medal by running a 5K & 10k and submitting your evidence.

Take Part: 1 May – 31 May 2021
Registration Fee: £13   

Take part in the Battersea Park Virtual Challenge

Virtual World Marathons

Want to add some more medals to your collection? Take part in the Virtual World Marathon series. All you need to do is track your distance while running and submit your evidence to receive your finishers medal! You can run these events as an individual or as part of a team.

Run Berlin Virtual

This is the “Half Marathon Challenge” which can be done on your own or in a pair.

Individual Challenge 

You need to submit two half marathon times in a month.

Team Submission

If you feel four legs are better than two, you and a running partner will need to submit one half marathon time each on the same day

On completion, you will be rewarded with your Run Berlin medal/medals.

Sign up by: 26 September 2021
Registration Fee: £25

Take part in Run Berlin Virtual

Seasonal Events

Virtual Halloween Run

Grab your spookiest outfit to take on this year’s virtual Halloween 5K.  Take part anytime, anywhere between 1 October – 31 October 2021.

Take Part: Before 31 October 2021
Registration Fee: £20

Take part in the Virtual Halloween Run

Virtual Santa Dash

Grab your Santa hat or your favourite Christmas jumper and take on this year’s virtual Santa Dash.  Take part in this 5K anytime, anywhere between 1 December – 25 December 2021.

Take Part: Before 25 December 2021
Registration Fee: £20

Take part in the Virtual Santa Dash

Looking for other ways to fundraise for YMCA? Visit our fundraising page for more ideas.