Virtual Running Benefits

Virtual Running Benefits

The period of lockdown resulting from the pandemic has changed the look and feel of many parts of our day to day life, including hobbies, activities and so much more.

This is also true for running, where many large events have opted to go virtual instead of being delivered in person.

But running virtually can be a great thing, allowing runners a tangible goal during an uncertain time – as well as grabbing some goodies along the way!

We’ve put together our list of the top 4 benefits of running virtually.

1. New Motivation

Let’s face it; motivation during the past 12 months has been harder to come by than usual. Not knowing what the future holds has had a real impact on our way of living, socialising, exercising – everything.

So having a virtual event to look forward to can be hugely important to your motivation levels. Being able to set a goal and follow a training schedule gives you something to aim for and can help create good habits, even after the event is over. Virtual running actually produces two really important aspects for effective behavioural change – accountability and incentive.

2. You’re in Charge

One of the best things about a virtual event – you’re in charge! You get to decide what your event day run looks and feels like. Do you want to breathe in nature? Go for it. Want to jog around your local park 10 times? Why not. Want to run laps around your garden? Be our guest. The only thing you need to worry about is completing the distance of your chosen event, the rest is up to you.

3. Community Feeling

Even though we won’t be together in person, that doesn’t we won’t be together in spirit! Unfortunately, guidelines have dictated over the last 12 years that crowds should be avoided. So when else will you be able to join other like-minded runners, all trying to achieve a similar goal?! As soon as you put your race number on and head out the front door on your event day, you join the #bigfunrun family and become part of something much bigger.

4. Swag

If we’re being honest with ourselves, one of the best things about running an event is the kit you receive afterwards. If you don’t Instagram the medal once you’re finished, did you even run the race?!

But completing a virtual run is a huge accomplishment in itself, and you deserve to have that achievement commemorated with some great goodies.

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Sister’s Say Thank You to Local Hospice


Southampton sister’s Alexandra and Francesca are gearing up for their Big Fun Run 5k on Sunday 15th July and are fundraising for Rowans Hospice in memory of their Nan who sadly lost her battle with cancer in April 2018.

With Big Fun Run taking place on what would have been Nan’s 82nd birthday, Alexandra and Francesca aim to raise as much money as possible for the charity that provided much needed support and comfort whilst Nan lived with her terminal illness.

“Nan battled to keep going for as long as she could and during this time spent one day a week at Rowans Hospice. If you knew Nan, you’ll have heard just how much this day meant to her and how much she looked forward to going” Alexandra explained.

Nan was treated to pampering, home cooked meals and friendly faces to chat to all funded by the charity and provided by passionate volunteers. Alexandra said: “I really believe this place gave her a little bit of life in her last year and allowed her to cling onto a little bit of independence away from her family”.

With a fundraising target of £500, Alexandra and Francesca want to say thank you to The Rowan’s Hospice for the care they gave their Nan and to help ensure they can carry on providing wonderful care and respite for families such as theirs.

With their parents and family coming along to support them on their big day Alexandra said “I know Nan would have been there to support us if she could, and I think she’ll be watching over from somewhere”.  To find out more and support Alexandra and Francesca’s fundraising for Rowans Hospice visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/alexandra-drew.

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