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Benefits of Running for Kids and Virtual Challenges

There are many benefits for kids to start running. These can be looked at as social, physical and emotional. Of course one of the best ways to get kids to start is by virtual challenges. Kids virtual challenges can provide that extra bit of extrinsic motivation that kids might need to get out and be active.Social Though running is a solo sport...
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Tokyo Marathon Virtual Challenge

When I saw that the Tokyo marathon was included this year as part of the monopoly board theme for the marathon series I had to sign up to complete the set. I decided to use the ½ Marathon I was doing in Germany in June and the Valencia ½ Marathon in October for the miles for this challenge. The ½ in Germany is a great event that takes place running...
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Will Run for GIN!

​Like many of you, I enjoy a few drinks every now and then - It's OK in moderation, right?Plus Gin is so trendy at the moment.What's not to love with this challenge: Gin + Running = MedalI was lucky to secure a place in the ever popular Wakehurst Willow 8k, a delightful (if rather underlatung) run through National Trust gardens in West Sussex.It to...
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MedalMad Launches a Free Virtual Challenge

Its nearly time for New Year's resolutions, but what makes them nearly all fail? Well we think it's partly accountability. So MedalMad have set up a free challenge to keep you focused. More importantly you can decide what the challenge is for 2019. Now it needs to be a big challenge over the year of 2019. The rules are simple. You must complet...
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Staying Active As a Family

Over the last few months I have been training regularly with my 9 year old son, Jack, the main focus being strength and conditioning. My son is a sporty lad who enjoys taking part in team sports and competitions at school and trains hard in martial arts out of school, which he does with my husband.Myself being a regular gym user, Jack, has been kee...
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Why MedalMad is More Than Just Running

We have always had people ask if they can take our challenges but complete them by other means than running. Walking, swimming and cycling are the most popular alternatives to running. We still see ourselves as a virtual running community and we are proud of all our virtual runners who take on any challenge. But we see ourselves as more than j...
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Meet the Team: Zoe (Business Support Manager for MedalMad and Active Connections)

I wasn't a sporty teenager, I didn't engage in PE lessons at school or physical activities out of school. The crowd I hung out with back then were the same as me and during my secondary school years I became self-conscious, as are many teenage girls, which made me even less of a willing participant in sport at school. If I had engaged during these ...
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Virtual Running for Kids

​MedalKids was set up due to the demand for challenges for the younger runners out there. But our aim is not to develop runners for the future, its not even really to help develop running kids. Our aim is to help children to love to be active, to explore the world around them and develop confidence through being active. It is these factors tha...
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The Running Hat Virtual Run

The Running Hat Virtual run is a challenge for 2019. A total of 50km has to be completed to earn the medal and all the tie charms.  The challenge can be completed by running, walking or cycling. Challenges can also be done in parts and broken down to a level that suits medal and each tie of this virtual run is earned by completing 10...
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A Fabulous Great South Run

Living in Portsmouth, it's always been an ambition of mine to run the Great South. Over the years I watched it on the TV and said... "next year".​ Well this was the year. I've now been running for 16 months so thought that it was the best time to do it. A few weeks ago I did a half marathon, and, if one more person says to me 10 miles is easy if yo...
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Girl Power!

I'm a big fan of the Spice Girls. I have fond memories of dancing around in the living film with my sister and a couple of our friends. I think we may even have done a performance in assembly once! Anyway, the less said about that the better lol. I've decided running is a bit like the Spice Girls:Scary - that moment when everyone starts crossing th...
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Three Quarters Of The way There!

I'm sure you'll all agree that the mental aspect to running can be as challenging as the physical side, sometimes harder. If you've read my other blog post about the Disney medals you'll know that this is number 3 of a set of 4. That's 75% of them are mine and just 25% to go. That would seem like I've done most of the hard work and only got a bit m...
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I Did Berlin Too!!!

 I did Berlin too!!!So in the month that Eliud Kipchoge set not only his own personal best but also a world record, I too was setting my own marathon best. And I got a nice shiny Berlin themed medal for it too.I've never ran a marathon (my first one will be London 2019) but I am now two thirds of the way to completing a set of virtual marathon...
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Going Underground.

A little running event took place in London in April. I've followed it on TV since I was young and have been up to watch it live a few times. Yes, of course I am talking about The London Marathon. Like so many others, so far my ballot entry has been rejected, so when I saw that Medalmad were doing a London Underground Marathon Medal I signed up and...
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Your Running Motivation

Motivation is one of the mysteries of the world. It is a fluid, variable and fluctuating part of us. What motivates us changes every day, week, month and year. What motivated us in our teens would probably not be so high on our agenda now, well maybe for some. Or what will motivates us in the future will not be what motivates us right now.The first...
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How Running Helped - By Nicki (Mrs MedalMad)

Many of us will have seen or heard people talk about how running 'keeps them sane' or that they would 'go crazy' without it. There is also scientific evidence that agrees! Running does have a positive impact on mental health.The science says that running releases the happy hormones called endorphins, which help us feel good. I'm sure I'm not alone ...
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New Medal Release, Plantar Fasciitis and Rhythm of Running

This week we are looking at injury and how to cope with it, check out the blog post from our very own Mike who is struggling with injury at the moment. We have a new medal release and some important information for the parents on the benefits of running.MedalMad TeamRunning with Plantar Fasciitis I have to admit I am not one of those that needs a g...
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New App and Website Updates Coming Soon

We are always constantly working to improve the experience for our community. And it is our community that have shaped the new features coming up on the website and the app.The new additions to the website are small but will help make it clear when challenges sell out. We often get people saying they did not know, and can they join. But when a chal...
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A Marathon In Prep For A Marathon!

Well, July has been a busy month for me. As a teacher it has meant the end of the school year (yeay!), we have had 7 family birthdays including my own and, I got some HUGE news. I am going to be running the London Marathon 2019. Like so many others, I have entered the open ballot but I also applied for a charity place as it is a charity close to my...
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1st Of A New Set!

My initial reason for signing up to a virtual race was to help keep me motivated during my training runs. To help me to meet set distances in training and to go out in the wind and rain when I really didn't want to (as a runner you will know exactly what I mean!!!)The first race I ever signed up for was the Harry Potter House medals. I loved that f...
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