169 MILES THE INFANT QUEEN
VIRTUAL RUNNING / WALKING CHALLENGE SERIES
TAKE PART ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD
OPEN UNTIL THE END OF 2024
This journey explores the terrifying existence of the infant queen, Mary Stewart, born in 1542, and becoming Queen of Scotland at just 6 days old. We’ll follow Mary through Scotland for the first 5 years of life, as her Mother, Mary of Guise, struggled to keep her safe from forces near and far.
Every time you complete a walking, running or cycling activity, you'll advance along the virtual map between Linlithgow Castle and Dumbarton - unlocking podcasts and postcards from Mary along the way.
Earn beautiful bling, stay focused and make your miles more fun. Run, walk or cycle the 169 miles and choose to complete it in 2, 4, 6, 8 or 12 weeks and sign up today.
EARN BEAUTIFUL BLING
Celebrate your achievement with a beautiful limited edition Mary, Queen of Scots magnetic medal. Exclusively designed for this event, with lots of special history touches for history lovers, these medals are bound to stand out in your collection.
GET THE WHOLE SET
This medal is the second in a series of medals dedicated to The Rivals Series. We've created a giant finisher's medal, upon which you can attach all the individual medals in a secret Tudor scene.
UNRAVEL FASCINATING HISTORY AS YOU GO
Over the 169 miles you'll follow in the footsteps of Mary Queen of Scots in the first 5 years of her life. You’ll be with her at her birth at Linlithgow Castle right through to her departure for France 5 years later
HOW DOES IT WORK?
We've partnered up with My Virtual Mission for this event so your whole journey is managed through their amazing tech platform - available through their website and in an easy-to-use app.
When you sign up for each challenge, you'll be asked for your goal completion time for the challenge. E.g. How many weeks/months would you like to take to walk/run/cycle 169 miles for Mary, Queen of Scots' 169 Miles the Infant Queen.
SELECT YOUR GOAL
Wherever you are in the world, complete a running, walking or cycling activity - whatever distance you like. Measure it using a GPS tracking device or take a photo of your treadmill screen. Lots of people have fancy GPS watches but there are plenty of free apps (e.g. Strava) that you can download on your phone that work just as well.
RUN, WALK AND CYCLE
LOG YOUR ACTIVITY AND MOVE ALONG THE VIRTUAL MAP
Once this activity is logged in the My Virtual Mission app, you'll see your figure move along the virtual map. You can set it to automatically sync to some apps, or manually upload a photo of your GPS evidence in seconds.
UNLOCK PODCASTS AND POSTCARDS
When you reach certain places along the map, you'll unlock a postcard or podcast to tell you more about her time there. For example, Hever is about 22 miles along the route for the Anne Boleyn challenge. Once you've clocked up 22 miles of activity, you'll unlock a podcast telling you more about Anne's time at Hever. This will appear in the My Virtual Mission app/website and you'll also receive it by email.
At any time in your journey, you'll be able to check out your virtual surroundings on street view. You might even bump into someone with a matching ruff!
SEE YOU ON STREET VIEW
SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH OUR AMAZING COMMUNITY
The Secret London Runs Connect Facebook group is full of like-minded walkers and runners. Come join us and share the fun.
EARN YOUR MEDAL
We'll send you your medal in the post to celebrate your journey. There are 6 magnetic medals - will you collect them all? For this series, we're also working on a giant Finisher's Medal to host all the individual medals!
SIGN UP OPTIONS
SINGLE EVENT ENTRY
Mary, Queen of Scots' 169 Miles the Infant Queen
Motivation and accountability for 169 miles
A unique magnetic medal with original illustrations
Unlock loads of history along the route via postcards and podcasts
Access to "My Virtual Mission" platform for race mapping, tracking and street view, and synced activity uploads.
Choose your own time frame - set a goal for how long you want to take to complete the challenge.
Take part anywhere in the world and join our amazing community in the Secret London Runs Connect Facebook group.
£28.20 (plus shipping, where applicable)
OR sign up for the challenge and opt to not receive a medal, for just £17
6 QUEEN SEASON PASS
Entry to all 6 challenges, whilst saving a few £££
6 Magnetic medals, individually wrapped
A free limited edition postcard with original illustrations
25% off the medal backing plate and any event-based merchandise (e.g. buffs)
Motivation for all of the challenges!
A fabulous community to share the challenges with
6 QUEEN PASS: PAY IN 2 INSTALLMENTS
We want as many people as possible to be able to benefit from our season passes. But we’re aware there’s a small gap between us launching the challenges and the start of the first one and your bank account might not welcome the surprise. So we’re giving you an option to pay in two installments.
With the first installment you’ll get access to the first two challenges in The Rival Series as well as the limited edition postcard (with original illustrations) that we’re sending to all Season Pass Holders.
Once you’ve paid the second installment, we’ll send you all 6 of your medals, as well as open up the remaining 4 challenges for you when they launch.
You’ll also get all the benefits of full season pass holders, which includes 25% off the medal backing plate and any event-based merchandise (e.g. buffs).
Here's what's still to come...
197 MILES THE QUEEN'S SISTER
£24.50 (+ VAT & Shipping where applicable)
We’ll pick up Elizabeth’s next journey in 1554, and follow the 20-year old to the Tower of London, where she was imprisoned for treason by her sister, and now Queen of England, Mary. We’ll explore how Elizabeth managed to escape the gallows and retreat to the country under house arrest, and we’ll stay with Elizabeth until, aged 25 years old, she discovered that she was to replace her sister on the throne.
Cycling miles permitted & can complete in teams
126 MILES THE WHITE QUEEN
£23.50 (+ VAT & Shipping where applicable)
It’s 1559 and Mary has been living in France for the past 12 years. She’s married to Francis II, the Dauphin and we pick up her journey on the deathbed of her Father-in-law, Henry II at the Palace of Tournelles. We’ll be following her to the coronation of her husband in Rheims, where Mary- now the Queen of Scotland and France - rather bravely wore white amongst a crowd of mourners in black.
500 MILES THE CAPTIVE QUEEN
119 MILES THE CAPTIVE QUEEN
£25.50 (+ VAT & Shipping where applicable)
We know some of you love the long journeys and others hate them. So you can choose how much of Mary's 20 year incarceration in England you want to follow. The challenge follows Mary as she's forced to abdicate, begs for release and eventually to her execution at Fotheringhay.
Cycling miles permitted & can complete in teams for longer version.
75 MILES THE VIRGIN QUEEN
£22.50 (+ VAT & Shipping where applicable)
It’s 1588 the Spanish Armada threatened to destroy England as a huge fleet of ships set sail for the channel. In this journey we’ll follow Elizabeth’s movements during the successful English defence, ending up in Tilbury in Essex for her famous victory speech to the troops. We’ll be exploring why she never married and how symbolism and propaganda were used to promote her status as the warrior queen.
6 Magnetic Medals to collect through the year. And a GIANT 18cm Finisher's Medal with spots to fix each medal.
The giant medal's ribbon is detachable - so you can alternate between wearing it and hanging it on your wall.
When you buy a season pass for The Rivals, you'll get 25% off the giant finisher's medal and any event-based merchandise.