MedalMad Virtual Run and Challenge Blog

The MedalMad Blog for Virtual Runs and Challenges

MedalMad Champion May 2022

Hi my names Lynda and this is my beautiful boy Tuppy. We live together in our little flat.I have a spinal problem, two dodgy hips, I have Asthma, diabetes and a few more health problems that I'll not bore you with. I use two crutches to walk and a mobility scooter for longer distances.When I first signed up to do the Platinum Jubilee Challenge I di...
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MedalMad Champion January 2022

 We are delighted to introduce Donna our first MedalMad champion of 2022.One of Donna's amazing accomplishments was running a mile every day in 2021. Since then Donna has gone on to complete a number of 10KM runs. Donna joined MedalMad in March 2021  with her first virtual challenge being the March Hare 3KM. She has then gone on to c...
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New MedalMad App for the New Year 2022

​MedalMad has gone through so many changes since we began in 2015. In fact we have had three websites and now two apps.Our aim in each was to grow a community that supports each other to reach their running and fitness goals. We all know the medal is important, it is why we have our own designer, in house, working on concepts and so many ...
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The Olympians Virtual Fitness Challenges NEW for 2022

 ​For 2022 we wanted to create a new virtual challenge that would push people to work towards and achieve their fitness goals. We know that this is something that cannot be achieved overnight, or just in one month, and so we wanted this to be an ongoing challenge that would motivate people for the duration of 2022, not just January and Februar...
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Become a Virtual Runner in 2022

 Do you want to make running your new hobby? Running is a great way to improve your health, but it can be difficult if you don't know where to start. One of the best options for beginners that are looking for an achievable goal is virtual runs. Virtual runs or challenges allow participants to run in events without having to physically go anywh...
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Couch to 5K for 2022

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Couch to 5k is a running plan which normally takes 9 weeks to complete, with each run lasting between 20-30 minutes. Couch to 5k plans are designed for people who have never ran before, but want to start running. The 9 weeks of a couch to 5KM running plan are split into 3 running sessions, which gradually get longer. Couch to 5KM plans begin with a...
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Why You Should Try Virtual Running in 2022

In 2022, the next Olympics will be held in Paris. This is a fantastic opportunity for runners who can't make it to the event! Virtual running has been around for a while now and is growing more popular each year. In this blog post, we'll cover what virtual running is, why you should try it out in 2022, and how to get started.What is virtual running...
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A Virtual Run to Grow Strong Roots

 Our latest virtual challenge is one that will help you grow strong roots and foundations. Beautifully crafted this medal represents all the hard work you put into so that your achievement can blossom.This virtual challenge has 3 different distance options for you to chose from. You can choose a 5 mile, 10 mile or 25 mile option. Wha...
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The Virtual Fairytale Book Collection Challenge - Amazing Medals

​Are you looking for your next virtual run or virtual challenge? Looking for that bit of magic to help you reach your running and fitness goals? Well if you love fairytales then these virtual 5K challenge medals, a total of 95Km, will help you reach that goal.These challenges provide a S.M.A.R.T goal to help you reach that next level. Virtual ...
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Fairytale Book Collection Challenge

The new medals for 2021 If you love fairytales then this is the fairytale challenge for you. Inspired by fairytales these beautiful medals can be earned, not just bought, by completing their virtual challenges. Motivation is not always easy, thinking about it is okay but actually starting and then finishing as well, not so easy....
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Virtual Runs and Challenges for the USA

 We love seeing challengers from all around the world take part in our challenges. The team still get a buzz when we send a medal to a new city or town that we have never sent one to before.The United States (USA) is one of the biggest destinations for our medals outside of the UK. We see a lot of challengers from all over the US but one of th...
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Amy - April 2021 Member of the Month

 DRUM ROLL PLEASE!!!!...... April's Member of the Month is..... Amy Clark! Amy is a regular contributor to this page so you probably are familiar with her already and I'm sure she needs little introduction! She joined MM in September last year driven by a desire to lose weight and also improve her mental health. Her story of being a busy ...
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New Look for MedalMad

As we approach our 5th birthday we decided to have a make over. We wanted to make a simpler logo that was more modern and able to sit alongside our amazing medals without clashing or distracting. It has been quite a long process but we finally decided on a design a colour palette that works for all aspects of MedalMad. Our main logo is in this...
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Points Mean......More Challenges

We are delighted to release a new feature on the MedalMad website, you can now use your points to save £££ on your next challenge. You can save up the points you receive for completing a challenge then use them to save on that medal you have had your eye on.You can find how many and when you earned them from you My Rewards points page, fo...
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Member of the Month - Claire Walters

Meet December's Member of the Month Claire Walters!! Claire joined MedalMad in November this year after losing an amazing 115lbs! Well done Claire! Claire is a Type 2 Diabetic and after losing weight she joined MedalMad to help her maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. Since then she has completed a fantastic 10 challenges with us and has s...
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Last Day BF Offer and Lucky Dip Medals

BLACK FRIDAY OFFERLast day for our black Friday offer of 20% off all challenges. Plus our £5 lucky dips. Ends at midnight tonight.Use code BFMM20 for 20% offLUCKY DIPHere are a list of some of the medals in their distance categories that could be arriving at your door. Remember this is a sale item so no refunds, returns or exchanges. It' ...
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Early Black Friday Offer for 2020 Challenges

Start Black Friday early and finish 2020 strong with 30% off 2020 virtual challenges. Offer excludes sets, multi-part challenges and Holidays Are Coming medal. Offer is not valid on the shop section only challenges section of the website.  Use the code below at checkout. If on mobile scroll right to see the subtotal after discou...
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Halloween Challenge to keep the Kids Active

Looking to keep the kids active this half term?Then why not join our half terms 5KM challenge? Download the free colouring tracker sheet and over the half term complete 5KM of running, walking, swimming, cycling, scooting or a combination of all of these activities. Colour in the tracker they cover the distance following the instructions on th...
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MedalMad Autumn Sale 2020

Use code SEPT20 at checkout across the whole site. Set up a great Autumn of challenges or get your hands on a new medal hanger, kids activity pack or top.Ends midnight on Wednesday the 9th of September.
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It is our 4th Birthday

It is our 4th birthday, and what a crazy 4 years. Thank you for all your support this year. It has been amazing and we have big plans for the year ahead. Use code MMBD20 for 20% off your next challenge or challenges 
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Check Out the New Medal Samples

We love a medal delivery as much as you. Deliveries that contain samples are just the best. This weeks delivery was amazing and check out the real medals for many challenges for the first time below. Click on the images to find out more about each challenge.So whether you are a virtual runner, walker, cyclist, swimmer or use the gym you c...
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Looking for a New MedalMad Team Member

We are looking for new part time member to join our small MedalMad team. MedalMad is part of the Active Connections Group of brands. MedalMad helps people reach their running and fitness goals via an online platform. So an interest in health, fitness and or running would be useful but not essential. We are a fast growing brand and need help to meet...
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Virtual Re Runs for 2020 by MedalMad

You may have noticed an increase in the number of sell out challenges over the last couple of weeks, and the occasional slow down of our website as the number of members on MedalMad has surged to 30,000 active members. Due to may requests we have added in a number of challenges again later on in the year for 2020. We have listed below som...
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Taking on Virtual Challenges on a Treadmill

You can take on any challenge on a treadmill or any other piece of gym equipment that shows distance. So you can take on a virtual race or virtual challenge from home or even in the gym. If you wish to use a treadmill it can have a range of benefit over running outside.Whilst you can't totally replicate outside running inside, setting the...
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Samples for July 2020 Virtual Challenges

We are delighted to show the samples for the upcoming virtual challenges in July 2020. They all look amazing and we are really happy with how they all look. Have you signed up to one yet? Reserve you place soon as we are experiencing a huge increase in sign ups and challenges are selling out very quickly. Click on the image to find o...
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How It Works Step by Step

​Welcome to MedalMad. We have a range of amazing virtual challenges and races that you can take on each month and over the year. Track your virtual challenges and progress on the website of our free app. You can take on our distance challenges running, walking, swimming, cycling or using gym equipment. Kids can even scoot.&...
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Shark Week: New Challenge for 2020

"Live every week like it is shark week".Be determined, be hungry and make the most of your opportunities. Cover 10KM to earn this amazing medal. You can do the challenge in parts or as a whole 10KM. Enter your time as you submit your evidence to be displayed on the Race Results.Challenge starts on the 1st of August 2020, evidence can be submitted e...
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MedalMad Reward: Runderwear 20% Off Voucher

We are delighted to have Runderwear partner with us to off the MedalMad community a chance to save 20% on their amazing range of active underwear. To claim you reward just head to our new rewards page and use your MedalMad points to claim your voucher. Points are earned when you complete a MedalMad challenge. Terms and conditions app...
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War Horses 5KM 2020 Virtual Challenge

We are delighted to release the fifth and final design of our Postage Collection Set. The design this year is in honour of all the animals that serve and have given their lives in the defence of us all. We felt this was a fitting design to finish this collection on. We hope you will take on the virtual race and set your own targ...
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Major New Updates for 2020

We have added some great new features for 2020.Rewards Points - Use your reward points to save on products and vouchers. More info HERE.MedalMad Personalised Member Medals - You can now claim your member medals with your MedalMad points. Starting from the 1st of February for all new levels reached from this date onwards. New Marketplace - Wher...
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Do You Dare to Dream????????

 Check out this latest challenge!! Do you dare to dream to run, walk, swim, cycle or use the gym to cover the 13.1 miles to earn this amazing medal? Take on this virtual challenge from anywhere in the world and join 10'000s reaching their running and fitness goals. It may be a virtual challenge but this amazing medal is real, an...
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New Challenges For April 2020!

​Take a peak at our newest samples to arrive at MedalMad HQ, for April 2020.Ranging from 5k up to 10 miles, maybe you could attempt all three? Put a spring in your step and start April as you mean to go on!  Rise Above 10 Miles  Moving Mountains 10KM  New Beginning 5KM 
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Happy New Year 2020

​Happy New Year!!!!!!​We hope you had an amazing 2019 and even more we wish you a fantastic 2020. 2019 at MedalMad was an amazing year with over 20,000 live members now part of MedalMad from across the world. We also moved into our own office and warehouse space to allow us to meet the demand for our challenges. Will we be slowing down in 2020...
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New For 2020 @ MedalMad

Well MedalMadders another year draws to a close. We hope you have had a great 2019 and that you will have a great time this Christmas. 2019 saw a fair few changes for MedalMad. A new home in our own warehouse was the biggest change, one that has allowed us to grow this year.So what is new for 2020, well a lot, so much in fact we are ...
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MedalMad @ National Running Show 2020

As 2019 is coming to an end here at MedalMad we are looking forward to an exciting start to 2020 with the National Running Show 2020 in Birmingham!The 2019 show was a big success and we loved meeting and chatting to many of you on our stand. If you are attending the 2020 show on January 25th or 26th 2020 then please visit us on stand D62! The compl...
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RED OR WED This January?

Looking to get 2020 off to a great start? Need that extra bit of motivation, other than our amazing medals? Well why not join either the Run Every Day virtual team or the Walk Every Day virtual team and see if your steps or strides can help the team to top the leaderboard. Join teammates from all around the world. We are having a bit of f...
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Jingle All the Way to Christmas 2019

 The Christmas break is fast approaching and many of us will be looking forward to celebrating with friends and family, drinking and eating all of our favourite things, snuggling up on the sofa and watching festive films that take us back to the days of our childhood. But how many of us keep up with our regular running / fitness regime over th...
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Black Friday Sale

 Welcome to our Black Friday Sale for 2019. One of our biggest sales of the year, designed to help you finish 2019 strong and set up a great start to 2020. We have some many new features to MedalMad which will make taking your virtual challenges with us the number 1 choice. Apart from the already amazing medals, excellent speedy serv...
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I Will Get My Wolf Medal!!

Possibly the most eventful run I've ever had. Eventful 10 miles. Started off fine, legs were aching a bit but I was ignoring that. First incident: Garmin didn't pick up GPS until I'd done my first ½k. This I didn't realise until I'd finished. Second incident: crossing the road, no cars so I didn't press the button. 2 steps into the r...
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The Perfect Christmas Gifts for Runners!

Are you stumped as to what to get for the runner in your life this Christmas? Well look no further! Here is our Top 10 gifts for runners this Christmas, to suit all budgets (or maybe add these ideas to your Christmas wish list?!) . SOCKS – runners always need socks (well who doesn't?! where the flip do they go?!). There are many running socks on th...
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MedalKids Challenge Review!

Amelia and Jesse are so happy that they have their new medals from MedalMad they absolutely love them.Amelia had to run 3k to earn her medal and certificate. She really loves her Mad as a March Hare 3k medal. Jesse had to run 5k to earn his medal and certificate, he absolutely loves his You got a friend 5k medal.We love MedalMad ...
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Stretching, Do You Make Time?

Why is stretching good for Runners?We all know that we should stretch after exercise, that it's good for us, but we are also all guilty of going for a long run and then 'not having time' or 'forgetting' to do our stretches afterwards. So just how important is stretching for runners and how often should we stretch? Stretching is good for everyone, b...
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Baby It's Cold Outside

​Baby its cold outside -who wants to go out running?!Are the shorter days and the cold, wet weather making you ditch your trainers and instead snuggle up on the sofa in your pj's with a nice mug of steaming hot chocolate and binge watch that latest hit TV series? Who could blame you?! It's that time of year that we all start to feel like hibernatin...
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FAQ - Joining Multiple Challenges

How many MedalMad challenges do you take on at a time? We have so many amazing medals, choosing a race or one of our anytime challenges can be really tricky!  If you purchase more than one of the same medal in an order, by changing the quantity - only one challenge will show on your account - but the evidence you submit will rel...
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October Races Results

We hope you all had a great October of being active. Whether you ran, walked, cycled, used the gym or swam we hope your challenge kept you motivated.  See below the top of the running race results for Wings of Transformation, Scream if You Want to Run Faster, The Strength of the Wolf and So Serious.Check out the app for more res...
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November's Virtual Challenges

​Can you believe that it is November already!?! One big clue is that is colder and so much darker. Finding the motivation to get out and reach your running and fitness goals can be challenging. So this may be the time to find that extra bit of motivation. This month we have some amazing challenges with awesome medals. Check out which one may g...
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Darker Nights

Autumn is now upon on us and we will soon be in the grips of winter. With the days becoming shorter and the nights becoming longer many of us will soon be struggling to fit in our miles during daylight hours. When out in the dark we all need to take more care to ensure that we stay safe whilst walking, running and cycling. Read on for the MedalMad ...
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New Virtual Races for May and One for June 2020

 We have launched two new virtual races for May and One for June 2020. Early bird £10 for the first 50 challengers.You can take on these challenges as virtual runners, walkers, cyclists, swimmers and even in the gym. You can of course take on these virtual races in parts and work your way up.So take a look at these new design an...
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The MedalMad Shelf to 5k ‘How To’ Guide

Here are our suggestions on how to use our Shelf to 5k medal challenge with your Elf on the Shelf;​Decide when you would like to complete the challenge with your child and if this will be done in parts or in one go. It might be a good idea to check the weather forecast in advance!Print off our LETTER FROM ELF and ELF COLOURING TRACKER sheet from th...
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OCTOBER SPOTLIGHT - RACHEL ATACK

So here are a few of my medals, most are from MedalMad! And a few from the great north run and other achievements - 13.1 miles is a long way all in one go!I put my trainers on for the 1st time January 2018, the whole new year new me bull we tell ourselves, haha!I signed up for a challenge where I pledge to do so many miles that month...
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Movement of the Month - Deadlifts

Strength training is important to help improve your running ability; it helps improve your power, flexibility and stability whilst also helping to prevent injury.The deadlift strengthens the glutes and hamstrings whilst also strengthening the posteria chain – great for runner's stability, overall strength and injury prevention – creating an upright...
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New Virtual Races for April 2020

 We have launched three new virtual races for April 2020. You can take on these challenges as virtual runners, walkers, cyclists, swimmers and even in the gym. We have tried to cover a wide range of virtual race distances including a 5KM, 10KM and a bit longer 10 mile race. You can of course take on these virtual races in parts and w...
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FAQ - Can I do A MedalMad Challenge In Parts?

​Here at MedalMad we have challenges ranging from 5K all the way up to 1000 miles, now unless you are superhuman, 1000 miles in one go is a bit of an ask...!We allow challengers to submit evidence in parts for all of our challenges - whether it is a 5k, Marathon or 1000 miles, challenges can be done at your pace and split in to as ma...
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MedalMad Membership for 2020

 Set up 2020 for your best year of running and fitness.Join us on our monthly target challenges and earn your FREE, BRONZE, SILVER and GOLD personalised medals, perhaps even more. You can also earn you member stars from doing any of our challenges.Select your distance for each month by using the dropdown below. Select first 6 (Jan to June) for...
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Win a Garmin Forerunner 235 in Our Vlog or Blog Challenge

 Looking for a new running watch to set you up for 2020?Then why not enter our competition to be in with a chance of winning a Garmin Forerunner 235 and £60 of MedalMad vouchers.To enter simply vlog or blog (with pictures) a MedalMad challenge, from start to finish. It can be any challenge that you are doing. We would like you to be as cr...
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September 2019 Virtual Race Results

Check out two of September's virtual race results. You can find the further results and other races from September and now October in the app under Race Results.Well done to everyone who completed the races and an extra well done to those who managed to get to the top of the table.  October Races
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End of September Beginning of October

 As the month draws to an end we hope you have reached your goals this month. Se below for what virtual races and challenges are coming up next month, what is closing on Monday and what is selling quick. We have some great challenges for you!Closing Soon   Starting Soon Selling Quick
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Hit My Target - September!

Well done to everyone who signed up for our September HIT MY TARGET challenge and completed their chosen miles! We hope you enjoyed this new type of challenge and love your engraved medal as much as Zoe in our office does! Zoe set herself the target of running 50 miles in the month of September and we are very pleased to say that she HIT her TARGET...
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Some Basic Running Tips to Get You Started

Getting started can be the first hurdle and where do you start? Running can be a great way to start your new fitness regime. You can start slow, walking, and build up. But here are some basic tips to get you started. Remember virtual running is only that name. Virtual running gives you the freedom to take part in challenges anywhere and anytime, bu...
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Lunge Your Way To Stronger Legs!

 The MedalMad Movement of the Month (MOM)This month we are focusing on Lunges.Regular strength training exercises can help with endurance, speed and injury prevention. Lunges help to strengthen key running muscles, the hamstrings, quadriceps and glutes, whilst stretching others such as hip flexors. This will help to lengthen your stride and im...
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Virtual Race or a Virtual Challenge?

We have made some changes to the website over the last few weeks. So we wanted to explain the difference between a virtual race and a virtual challenge. We now have over 50 races and challenges you can take part in on MedalMad. Some are in the various virtual anytime challenges dropdown sections and others are in the virtual rac...
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FAQ - When Will My Medal Arrive?

Corona Virus Update We have not been advised of any issues with any deliveries around the world. However we do ask that at this time people allow a few more days for their medal to arrive. This is normally down to local delivery issues.We are checking daily Royals Mails guidance on their delivery status for each country we ship too. If yo...
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Race Results for August's Virtual Challenges

Well done to everyone who took on a virtual race in August. We do hope you love your medal. Below you will find the results for the August racesIf you want to know where you finished please go to the app and click on Race Results. August challenge results will be available till the end of September on the app.The results be...
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12 Weeks till Christmas Challenge 2019

We are delighted to release our 2019 12 Weeks till Christmas challenge. Set yourself a target of how many miles you want to cover between the 30th of September and the 22nd of December, then use our free downloadable sheet to record your weekly miles. You can run, walk, cycle, swim, gym or a bit of everything. Just add your target in...
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Motivational Running Book Reads!

​September has arrived and the evenings are already getting darker. ( how did that happen? ) Motivation around this time of year - as the days start to get colder and darker - can be hard to keep.We have found an article on the top 10 motivational books to have a read of, we would like to think our challenges...
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Roald Dahl Day - The Fantasic 5k!

Roald Dahl was born in September, this year we celebrate all things Roald Dahl on the 13th September. If he were alive today, he'd be 102 years old!We have a number of book inspired virtual challenges to keep you active - but a couple inspired by the main man himself. The Fantastic 5K is one of them, and is now live for September - w...
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The Fastest And Furthest August!

 The Fastest and The Furthest!At the start of every month we will be showing you the Top 5 MedalMadder's who ran the fastest 5k challenge and the Top 5 who covered the furthest distance – Just for fun!!Data is collated for the previous month, for all challenges submitted through the app only. Here are the results for August! Were you The Faste...
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SEPTEMBER SPOTLIGHT: CHELLE CARROLL

 I was always the girl who hated to exercise, hated to walk never mind run! I had put on a lot of weight and was extremely unhappy with myself.I started a weight loss program in August 2018 and just focused on my food intake. I had secretly always wanted to be able to run long distances, come Christmas 2018 I'd lost 2stone in weight ...
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September Virtual Races Are Underway

That's right September is here already!!! So if you have signed up for one of the September virtual races it is time to start clocking up those miles. Do not forget that the races have till the end of the month to complete. But with all out virtual races you can do it anytime and anywhere in the month of the race. You can of course take o...
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The MedalMad Gold Star

Who remembers the feeling of getting a gold star at school?? Well we have the next best thing, a gold star for being an amazing virtual runner, virtual walker, swimmer, cyclist or a bit of everything. As our community has grown to over 17,000 members so have the number of amazing challengers who have achieved the Gold Star in the MedalMad...
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This Roarsome Looking Medal Is Now An Anytime Challenge!

The new version of The Lion King has become the tenth highest-grossing film of all time. Released a month ago, Disney's film is a remake of its own 1994 animated film. If you've been Lion around...and you missed our Roarsome 'Hakuna Matata' 5k challenge, have no fear this challenge is now available ...
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Do You Have A Favourite Running Place?

 Do you have a favourite running place?Earlier this week the MedalMad CEO Mike Squire posted a picture of himself after a run in Bergerac, France, and asked you all if you had a favourite place to run?Mike has been on a family holiday in Bergerac but couldn't resist lacing up his running shoes for an early morning run in the beautiful scenic l...
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AUGUST SPOTLIGHT : PETE TOTT

Hey there fellow runners! I'm Pete, I'm 36 and I've been running for 4 years now, ironically I became a runner through drinking our favourite beverage... alcohol haha!A half marathon was my first official race, I threw myself into the lions den, finished my first half with virtually zero training plus being a chunky monkey in 2hrs 45mins. Roll...
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Anytime Challenges Have Grown!

More Anytime challenge are now available on our website and app!!! Yey!Virtual Running and Fitness Challenges are about motivating people to be active and stay active – anywhere, anytime anyplace! We also wanted to offer you more variety and more exciting challenges than any other virtual running site. So we thought, why limit you lovely ...
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Runners World

Take a look at September's issue of Runners World! An interesting article about virtual running – quoting MedalMad's very own CEO Mike Squire! Nice to read the positive comments about MedalMad. We love what we do here and will keep inspiring and motivating you all to achieve you fitness goals by bringing you amazing bling and exciting challeng...
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The Fastest And Furthest July!

 Introducing The Fastest and The Furthest!At the start of every month we will be showing you the Top 5 MedalMadder's who ran the fastest 5k challenge and the Top 5 who covered the furthest distance – Just for fun!!Data is collated for the previous month, for all challenges submitted through the app only. Here are the results for July! Were you...
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Race Results for July's Virtual Challenges

Well done to everyone who took on a virtual challenge and race in July. We do hope you love your medal. Below you will find a the top 12 for all of July's races and times. If you want to know where you finished please go to the app and click on Race Results. July challenge results will be available till the end of August on the app.The re...
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Can You Believe It? It is the End of July Already!!

 Wow! can it really be the end of July already?!!? Well the end of the month means two things in the world of MedalMad. 1) Evidence deadline for July challenges. Do not be one of those who misses out. Submit your evidence to claim your medal. If you are using the app just log back in and upload your evidence. If you are using the website click...
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A Squat Could Be a Runners Best Friend!

Most runners know that an element of strength training in their training plan is important to help with endurance, speed and injury prevention. But how many of us actually know or practice strength training exercises on a regular basis? And what exercises should you be doing?One of the most important strength exercises a runner can do is The Squat....
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2019 Big Challenge Discounts

As we enter the second part of 2019 we are offering 33% off our big distance challenges to keep you going for the rest of the year. We are also offering 33% off our new Hit My Target September challenge, where you can choose your target for September. It is a new type of challenge for us and we hope you enjoy it.So for £8 you can find an extra...
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A Little August Treat!

 With July almost coming to an end we thought we would give all our August challengers a little added motivation to complete their challenges... If you have already signed up to an August challenge or are thinking about it - DO IT!We are sending out 20% discount codes in each medal package that is sent during August, if that isn't en...
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MedalKids Free Downloads and Things to Do This Summer

​As summer draws near we thought we would put together some activities that you can do with the kids. Some at home and other events that we have found going on this summer, that would be great for the family. We have included in this blog the Bug Hunt and the Scavenger Hunt download sheets.  Bug Hunt ​The Bug hunt is a family favourite an...
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JULY SPOTLIGHT: DANIEL MILLER

Daniel Miller Since joining MedalMad, 5 months ago, I have made a lot of progress. I wasn't very active and I tried visiting the gym but things always got in the way and I lost focus. After completing my first ever 5K, without training, I felt a great sense of achievement. The medals are there to see each and everyday,...
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2020 Virtual Races and Challenge Bundles

As we head into the second part of 2019 we are already planning 2020 virtual races and challenges. It is 6 months away, but we all know how time flies. We also want to offer some great deals on members who sign up to multiple virtual races and challenges with us. As such we wanted to get our bundle offers out there, so people do not ...
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MedalMad's New Leaderboard

Please update your app to the latest version in your app or play store. See what changes we have made below;1.NEW LEADERBOARD FEATUREWe are delighted to launch our new leaderboard for the MedalMad app. This leaderboard is based on points you earn for completing challenges.Points are also awarded based upon the type of activity you have chosen to co...
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The Run Wild 25 Mile Virtual Challenge

Have you seen this medal? It's just arrived in our office ready for the 35 mile virtual challenge in November. Run wild and free to earn this amazing medal, one that would look amazing amongst your collection. Of course you can also walk, cycle or even swim to earn this medal or a bit of everything.Many will of course will take on this challen...
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MedalKids Challenge Packs

The MedalKids challenge packs are back in stock. Make sure you buy yours if you are looking to keep the kids active. We have four packs at the moment and we will be releasing more very soon. Click on the images below to go to the packs in our new marketplace, if you have earned some reward points through your MedalMad chall...
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Contender Ready, Worth Running For, SkyRunner and Runners of the Lost Ark Virtual Races

These are 2020 challenges, which is some way off, but the designs are amazing so we wanted to share them with you. We have looked at creating a number of challenges which have a big target to reach. So of course like all our virtual races you can complete these in parts. Click on the images for more details about each of these challenges. We do hop...
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The X-Run 10KM Virtual Race

Welcome to our 10K X-Run Virtual Race! Show us your super power by completing this challenge and earning this amazing medal. You can run, walk, cycle or use the gym to complete this challenge. You can also break it down and do it in parts. Take on this virtual race as a personal challenge or a race and add your time to the challenge ...
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MedalKids - Kids Virtual Races and Challenges

Anytime Challenge Packs Upcoming Challenges LIVE FOR 2019  LIVE FOR 2019  STARTS JAN 2020  STARTS FEB 2020  STARTS MARCH 2020 STARTS MARCH 2020 STARTS JULY 2020  MORE COMING SOON In the MedalMad challenges section you will find MedalKids options on some of the challenges, just look for the MedalKids purple icon. W...
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Corporate Virtual Challenges

What You Get ​Bespoke corporate membershipAccess to events to arrange meet ups for employees to complete challengesPrivate group on MedalMad community to share progressOptional bespoke medal based on your brandingAll administration, logistics and evidence verification All you need to do is have an idea what you would like your compan...
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Group Virtual Challenges

​Number of Places ​Discount 10-15 ​10% 16-20​20%21-3025%31-5030%​51+​Please contact us
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Charity Virtual Runs

What You Get ​Dedicated account managerMedal design and productionPromotion on MedalMad website, social media and appGroup page on MedalMad websiteEvidence management and medal shippingCustomer serviceMonthly revenueAll you need to do is have an idea what you would like your charity medal to look like and what type of challenge. ...
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Get Back to Running Gets a Part II Virtual Race

We are delighted to have released our new Back to Running medal from 2020. Following on from the success of one of our biggest virtual races, Get Back to Running, we have released the next in the series. This one also comes with a the optional Back to Running Tech T-shirt. Launched for January 2020 to help everyone get back to t...
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Win a Garmin Forerunner 235, £50 of SportsShoes.com Vouchers and More.....

It would not be a Medalmad birthday without a giveaway competition. You could be in with a chance of winning a bundle of goodies including a Garmin Forerunner 235, £50 Sportsshoes,com vouchers, £36 of MedalMad vouchers, MedalMad top and MedalMad medal hanger. With this bundle being a virtual runner, walker, swimmer or cyclist cannot be easier.All y...
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It's Our Birthday and We Will Run if We Want to!

Its our 3rd Birthday on the 10th of June, it is crazy we know. Since June 2016 MedalMad has grown to being one of the biggest online running and fitness communities. With members from over 20 countries and 25,000 current registered members in total we are so humbled by how quick we have grown.In 3 years we have had over 40,000 p...
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Two New Virtual Race Medals Have Arrived

We have had two new virtual medals arrive in the MedalMad HQ. The two medals look amazing but are quite different. One is a virtual 5k and one is a virtual half marathon. You can of course complete the virtual half marathon in parts. So is it the Fantastic 5k or the Wonder Half that will get you active? Which challenge will make you ...
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Virtual Runners, Walkers, Cyclists and Swimmers From All Around the World

 MedalMad has continued to grow in 2019 with 1000's of virtual runners, virtual walkers, virtual cyclists and virtual swimmers taking part in our challenges. We also have a number of members who take on challenges using gym equipment. The growth has been amazing and overwhelming. One thing that does excite us is to virtual runners taking part ...
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Scream If You Want to Run Faster 10KM Virtual Race

​It has been a long time coming but we have now finally launched our fist challenge with an optional finisher tech t-shirt. The Scream if You Want to Run Faster 10KM is the perfect challenge to launch this new option on. Maybe one more for the virtual runners out there but of course you can run, walk, cycle or swim this challenge. To add the t...
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The Dr MedalMad Virtual Race Medal is Here!!

 We are delighted to be able to show you our latest in our double sided book inspired medals. We love the quote on this medal and we hope you do to. This race is a 10K challenge. One you can do as a personal goal or race against others via the MedalMad app. You can of course complete this as a virtual runner, walker, cyclist or swimmer. Check ...
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June Challenges for 2019

So in June we have a whole range of virtual races for you with some amazing medals to make part of your virtual medal collection. Are you looking for a virtual 5K? Then why not try our Over the wall 5KM of You've Got a Friend 5KM virtual races. See images below of these amazing medals. So you can take on these virtual races as a personal goal ...
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MedalMad App Update 2.0

We are delighted to announce the release of this major update, version 2.0. The app has some major changes behind the scenes. We have made some great improvements to the tracker. After weeks of testing on hundreds of runs we are confident that this tracker is now as accurate as any major fitness or running app. Which is a major achievements&nb...
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The Gauntlet Medal is Here!!!!!

We have been so excited waiting for this medal to arrive. We are not disappointed as it is one of our biggest medals yet. A total of 60KM is needed to earn the complete medal. 10KM for the medal and then 10KM for each of the stones. To complete this virtual race you can run, walk, swim or cycle. You can also use the gym as well. We have had 15...
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April Virtual Races Evidence Deadline

Please do not forget if you are taking part in any April virtual race or virtual challenge you need to have submitted your evidence by midnight this Tuesday (30th of April. Late evidence may not be accepted.SUBMIT YOUR EVIDENCEOnce you have completed your evidence submissions it will be time to sign up to your next May or even J...
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Partnering Up With Pulseroll on Our Virtual races

We are delighted to have partnered with Pulseroll to bring you more reasons to take a MedalMad virtual race. If you sign up to any remaining April challenge or one for May and complete your challenge you will be entered into the a FREE draw, one entry for every challenge, to win a Pulseroll Vibrating Foam Roller (RRP £114). Howe...
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Race the Express and Jungle Miles Amazing Medals

 So #medalmonday for us is just the best when we have new medal samples come in to the MedalMad office. Today we have had two that we have been looking forward to seeing. the Race the Express 9 3/4 challenge and the Jungle Miles 13.1 miles challenge. Both medals look amazing. The detail in the Jungle Miles is great. We knew it would look good ...
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Please Update Your App to the Latest Version

​Please can you make sure you have the latest app installed on your phone. After the awful iOS 12.2 was released by Apple full of bugs we had to find a fix for our app. We also improved the way the app stores and sends your data for all users. So please make sure there is not an update in the App or Play Store, waiting to be installed,We ...
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Monday Motivation 01/04/2019

#MONDAYMOTIVATION​I KNOW EVERY MILE WILL BE WORTH MY WHILE
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New Medals for Upcoming Virtual Races

Have you signed up to any of these yet? Check out the samples which have just arrived in the office today. The Go the Distance may be out biggest medal to date. We have our Runzilla 10KM, Over the Wall 5KM and the Go the Distance 20KM.
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#MondayMotivation - Today I will Do What Others Won't So Tomorrow I Can Do What Others Can't

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2 Mega Virtual Challenges

​We have released two big virtual challenges for 2019. Due to the demand for longer challenges we have added to our board game inspired challenges.We have our Run the Board 225km and the Who Dunnit 324km. Who can work out why the distances have been chosen for these virtual challenges? We are not looking at these as virtual race...
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March Hare 3KM Kids Virtual Race

We are delighted to release our latest virtual race for kids. This 3km virtual race has been inspired by a classic book and we do hope you like the design. To complete this virtual race you will need to run, walk, cycle, swim or cycle the 3km distance. It can be done in parts so it can be completed by kids of all ages. Once they have comp...
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The Gauntlet 60km Virtual Race

Our latest challenge is the Gauntlet 60km virtual race. This virtual race consists of 6 virtual 10km challenges. You can walk, run, cycle, swim or use the gym to complete this challenge. So in this virtual race you will need to complete all six sections to make the medal complete. You will receive one 10km stone to add to your medal....
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How to Take Part in the London Marathon in a Virtual Race

Taking on a marathon whether it is a virtual marathon or a real one can be challenging. What may make it that bit easier is a virtual run medal that is awesome. We believe we have created the most amazing virtual marathon medal. In fact we have created 6 amazing virtual run medals for the 6 world major marathons. Either way running a marathon is ha...
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How to Be a Virtual Runner with MedalMad

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Being a virtual runner with Medalmad is so easy. You can join via our website and then download out app. The app makes being a virtual runner simple and even more enjoyable. You can complete your virtual runs by tracking your progress on the app. With an easy to use interface you can make sure you never miss out on a medal for completing one of you...
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MedalMad Virtual Races and Challenge App Update

 We are delighted to release our latest MedalMad app update. The MedalMad app makes being a virtual runner and challenger so easy. Our latest app update includes the following; Log out button for users with multiple accountsImprovements to stats page and great new membership perksChanges to the way the app stores data, so no more lost inf...
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10k Virtual Races with MedalMad

​The 10K (6.2 miles) distance is very popular with MedalMad runners, especially those who have done a 5K (3.1 miles) race but don't feel they're quite ready to take on the half-marathon (13.1 miles). It is the distance that has the 60 minute marker that everyone aims for. Our 10k Virtual races are a great way to build up your running distances. You...
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Virtual 5K with Amazing Medals

 We love creating 5k virtual races with an amazing medal. The reason we have more 5k challenges than others is that it can be taken on by a wide range of challengers. As with most of our challenges you can do it in parts so they work as a great reward for those taking on a couch to 5k programme. The medal can also be earned by those ...
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Virtual Runs and Challenges Released with Bigger Distances

Here are a few of the virtual runs and challenges we have released this month. We have listened to the feedback and we have increased the range of distances. See our latest virtual runs and challenges below with some amazing themes. We already ave our 50, 100, 500 and 1000km challenges for the year. So now we have added a couple of 200-400km c...
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Benefits of Running for Kids and Virtual Challenges

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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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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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The One with the Medal

Could I BE any happier?Things I love:1.Friends (the TV show)2.Running3.Medals4.10K distanceThis medal ticks all of the above points. Whilst out running my 10K to earn this medal, I made sure the Friends theme tune was on my playlist – had to be done right?!ØA kilometer for each season – geniusØA medal that looks like the Central Perk sign – perfect...
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Run, Forrest, Run

 Forrest Gump is known as many things, one of them for being an ultra marathoner. I'd signed up for the Run, Forest, Run 10km medal but due to my lost mojo recently it wasn't my greatest triumph! I've been doing a bit of background reading about the Forrest Gump film and found this fascinating article about whether his run, that took 3 ye...
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Running is like a box of chocolates

I'm pretty confident in thinking that any runner will agree that there are a range of run types. Some are amazing, others are awful from start to finish. You get your PB runs and then the ones where you question why you even run at all. We run in the glorious sunshine and the horrific wind and rain. The snow, the dark, the sun, up hills, through fi...
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"A goal without a plan is just a wish"

Recently, I've been having a wobble with regards to my running. When I'm out there doing it, I still love it, but I've been lacking the motivation to get out there in the first place. Throughout March, my longest run has been 5km which is very unlike me not to run further, and I've been taking plenty of walk breaks which is also unlike me on shorte...
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Fairy tale series; Part 3 of 4

 Whilst running for my 3rd of the Fairy Tale Series medals, I spent the 5K thinking about why I run. Here are 14 of the reasons that went through my head:Because I've got all the gear!Eating guilt free after a long run.Food - oh wait, I've already covered that one!One run can change a bad day to a good one.Races - practice makes me better at t...
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Look like a beauty run like a beast challenge

This was the 2nd of the Medalmad Fairytale series. The previous was the Mirror Mirror challenge and both were 5K.If you've seen any of my previous blogs you'll know that for me.. Parkrun and fancy dress go hand in hand. So why not dress as the hulk as part of the Tilgate Parkrun Superhero event to mark our 300th Parkrun. It was amazing running alon...
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Running Buddies

 Hi All, This post I am going to write about running buddies..more specifically my two year old running buddy. I started running when my little boy was six months old and he came with me every week to running club. He even got good at wiggling his feet when we were warming up. When he was a dink he used to sleep about ten minutes into the run ...
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Before Midnight: A Modern Fairytale.

Enter your text here ...Once upon a time there was a girl named Runderella who just loved to run. She wanted to complete a Medal Mad virtual challenge and earn a medal called 'Before Midnight.' Alas, she was unable to, as her trainers were old and worn; they kept threatening to injure her each each time she wore them out on a run. Whatever would sh...
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​Heyyou guys…. Cheers!

So Craig has already asked our horse Hercules to write a Medalmad guest blog, so it's only fair that his wife gets to do one now.I'm Melissa, 'trouble and strife' of Craig - your usual blogger.The first reason I wanted to write this blog was firstly because Craig bought me the 'Hey you Guys' 10K Medalmad Challenge for my Birthday, and the second re...
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These Girls Can Run The World

When I saw this challenge I thought it was just a 'girls only' event but like all things at Medalmad they are always inclusive! In fact if you are regular reader, you'll remember that even my horse Hercules has taken part in one of the challenges (and even wrote the blog). That one was meant to be about running with your dog (I don't have one), but...
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The Pursuit Challenge 13.1M Section

 It seems that I Just can't say no.Every new challenge Medalmad launch - I want to take part in.So, when I saw the Pursuit Challenge - it just had to be done. I'm not running a marathon this year, and to be honest I am really enjoying just staying half marathon fit. One of the halves in my diary this year, (after thoroughly enjoying it last ye...
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Emerald City

 My last blog was about some steps back I had while training for the London Marathon. I explained how after a few weeks of taking it easy and doing some cross training, my shin splint was able to heal. Which brings me onto my next challenge. I had a 10km race booked three weeks after my shin splint had caused me problems. Having not ran v...
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My Running Journey So Far

​Hi all. I'm Becky, a Brand Ambassador for Medal Mad. I thought I'd recap on my running journey so far, as I know that we have had lots of new members joining Medal Mad since the National Running Show in January.I completed the Couch to 5k program in April 2016 with the view that I would run the entire 5km distance in the Race for Life run I'd ente...
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