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MedalMad Virtual Run and Challenge Blog

The MedalMad Blog for Virtual Runs and Challenges

A bit about why I'm here

 Hi there, my name is Ashley and I have joined the challengers for a very personal reason. 5 years ago I lost my daughter due to a cardiac arrest. She had battled with heart disease for 21 years and hand undergone numerous open heart surgery's with her last one prooving to be too much for her body to handle. I owe so much to the British Heart ...

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First challenge completed!

Matthew (10), Tilly (9) and I have just completed our first challenge, the 7 mile Samurai Challenge. We may have added an extra 2 mile detour to the german burger wagon. 

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And so it begins...

My mother has been on my case to get moving for a long time now. During a recent conversation, she mentioned a 5 Km challenge that I had completed and how chuffed I was with myself. "But I got a (virtual) medal for that!" was my protest. I really thought that when she realised that I won't do anything without reward, she would drop the issue. "Then...

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Remembrance Day Challenges

I received my beautiful Remembrance Day medals with a lovely pin as an additional bonus with a colour picture of the left medal. Unfortunately, I subsequently lost said pin. I hope I find it soon! I was really glad that I was able to participate in these two events.

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Medal Fever

The problem with having the mindset of a collector is you want to collect things all the time and very quickly!  I set myself the challenge of 60km to earn the gauntlet medal, as I enjoy comics and movies and this provided me a bit of both. And since I was already running 4km when I visited the gym and needed a drive to go more regularly this ...

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So Excited

So I have been on a fitness kick for the past 4 months I have lost just over a stone in weight and a load  of inches which is really exciting  I am shredding for the wedding which is in 6 months time  We're having an Alice in Wonderland themed wedding so I clearly had to have the Down The Rabbit Hole medal  and the T Shirt ...

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It is… inevitable

My wife and kids both started their journey with their medals a month ago, but with work being so busy I wasn’t sure I could commit to a challenge. But the more I thought about it the more I wanted to put that motivation in front of me, give me a reason to keep going down the gym and clocking the Kilometres on the treadmill. And when my son earned ...

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Nordbahntrasse Part 1

The Nordbahntrasse is a hiking and biking way in Wuppertal that is around 22 km long and between 3,5 and 10 m wide.Its build on a former railroad line through Wuppertal. The northern end is connected with an other former railroad line that goes inside the Ruhrgebiet, the other end is near Train Station Vohwinkel in western Wuppertal and is connecte...

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A bit around my home

Today I want show you a little bit how it looks like around my Home.I live in the northern end of Wuppertal-Barmen the town northern of us is Sprockhövel, witch is part of the Ruhrgebiet. Some of you may know the Ruhrgebiet as area of coal and steel.The first picture shows the street where I live in, a lot green and some not that bad houses.The sec...

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Yesterday I started my first MedalMad challenge - What the trecking dont tell you

​Yesterday I started my first MedalMad challenge, the 80 km around the world challenge. May be 7,82 km doesnt look much for alot of you but what the pic or any informations I could get from the app dont tell you: My home is at 289m ASL the place in the town center Wuppertal-Barmen where I had to go, is at 160m ASL. So it wasnt only nearly 8 km...

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My Courage Always Rises 20KM Medal (is as pretty as I had hoped

So officially I first signed up for the Allons-y challenge, and then discovered that I walk a longer distance each day than I had expected. So having a kid that now goes to school means I either cycle or walk up and down there four times a day, nearly reaching that 10km mark within 24 hours. Whoops. I wanted to go for a higher challenge (and o...

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The Journeyman

Supposed i started running after my second child. Running for weight loss, running to regain focus, running to push myself see if I could do it. I run now as its my passion. Its a mental thing. It helps clear my mind and focus on something else which is positive and at the end of the run am proud. Im proud of myself because i have no one ...

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A Journey Starts...

Everyone knows the saying! A journey starts with a single step. Team Anglerfish have been walking together for a whole decade, since the kiddo first learned to toddle! But mama always thought herself too unfit to run. To take that first step, we started about a year ago with the Couch To 5k app. It didn't go well. Kiddo can *run and talk at th...

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Rewards medals

Just earned my bronze medal for completing 10 challenges...I can’t believe how much my life’s and attitude to life has changed since I joined medal mad...I’m going for gold 🙌🏻 

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Afternoon muddy ride

Afternoon ride for mental health month thanks to work for afternoon off Just finished the bee 🐝 medal after a nice 17.5 miles ride in the mud 

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Amazing medals

Loving life with mad medal

Can’t believe how nice the medals are. Just done the train together challenge and got it engraved, so so lovely 😊   Can’t believe how nice the medals are. Just done the train together challenge and got it engraved, so so lovely 😊  

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Medal

Just had my first 10k medal, very fast to come so can't wait to do another, I think I'll go for. 20k this time and see how much I can push my self, 

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They See Me Rollin’...

Hi, I'm Leanne, also known as LippyArt! I thought my first blog post on here should include a little about me 😊... Using art, photography, and live demonstrations, my mission is to educate the world on the importance of both disability awareness and wildlife conservation. I endeavour to break stereotypes, challenge perceptions, push bound...

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The Unity & Power of Female Runners

 The importance of women feeling safe on our streets has been a hugely highlighted topic across the media recently. I don't for one minute presume that men are exempt from feelings of unease or fear while going about their daily routines, but this article is based upon my experiences as a woman, and is therefore dedicated to the ladies. Street...

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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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My Second Ever Marathon: Sub 4 Hours!

Enter text here "Good morning!" Called two jolly male joggers as they dashed past.It wasn't a rhetorical question. It wasn't even a question."No," I replied, more to myself then to my fellow runners. No, it was currently not a good morning. Unsurprisingly, my bizarre response acquired puzzled looks.Wait – were they men jogging, or were they two gin...

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Half Marathon #2

When I signed up to run a 5K back in December 2019 I never imagined I would run a half marathon. Here I am just over a year since I started running and I've just completed my second half marathon. Six weeks ago I saw a message on our work's internal social media saying they had just been offered some last minute charity places for the (virtual) Roy...

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Peru to london 10k

My 2 year old loves Paddington and today the 2 of us finished the 10k virtual Peru to London challenge. I can’t wait to receive the Paddington suitcase medal to give to him. He will be so happy. 

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First week into run I g

Enter text here After one week into my new running journey, today was HARD!! The air seemed colder, heavier and lessmanageable. Especially in my legs actually I’d say from the top of my legs to the tips of my toes. Managed one mile no stopping. Gain some rhythm in my arms and pacedmyself although I’m sure I s...

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Staying Safe

Hello everyone, I hope everyone is staying well. I can't quite believe that we're into 2021 now! Let's hope this year is better than 2020! One of the things I've always been very aware of since becoming a runner is my safety, so today I thought I'd share with you some of my tips for staying safe, especially since the mornings/evenings are dark...

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What a month and we're only halfway through!!

So I'm a couple of weeks into my Ambassadorship for MedalMad and I am absolutely loving it!! Seeing the love and support for everyone is amazing and I am so proud and so lucky to be part of such a fantastic group of like-minded people ❤ As an Ambassador, I'm really enjoying interacting with all of our fabulous members. Seeing all your achievem...

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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 th...

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Cara Jasmine Bradley: Life After Anorexia - Learning to Enjoy Exercise Again

​'Workout completed. Distance: 21.1 kilometres. Time: 2 hours, 16 minutes, and 21 seconds.'Slowing my pace, I beamed, ending the workout on my phone. The feeling of accomplishment was unrivalled. My legs felt somewhat disconnected from my body, and I had a piercing stitch that I had talked myself into believing was an appendicitis for the past hour...

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The Freedom of Running

​I first rode a horse at the age of 4, and fell in love with them. 26 years later that love has only strengthened. Aside from their beauty and elegance, it's the freedom of galloping with the wind in your hair, the closest to flying you can feel on terra firma. This is why I love running. Besides the health benefits, I love the freedom you feel out...

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The Fat Girl Who Runs

​So back in September I spent my birthday in hospital. I been admitted and diagnosed with asthma. While nobody mentioned my weight I knew they were thinking if I lost weight it would help.  So after recovering I decided that enough was enough and I needed to lose this weight. My husband, my kids and my dad needed me. I knew before being admitt...

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