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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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