VIRTUAL CHALLENGE - START ANY TIME
OPEN UNTIL THE END OF 2024
ANNE OF CLEVES
363 MILES TO WEDDED BLISS*
Option to complete the challenge as a team of 2 or 3. Each member needs to sign up individually.
Run, walk, cycle, swim or cross-train 363 miles in the footsteps of a young Anne of Cleves as she journeys from her family home in Dusseldorf, Germany, across the Netherlands, through France and over the English Channel to a very disappointing meeting with her husband-to-be at Rochester.
Every time you complete a walking, running, cycling, swimming or cross-training activity, you'll advance along the virtual map unlocking podcasts and postcards from Anne at milestones along the route.
Earn beautiful bling, stay focused and make your miles more fun. Run, walk, cycle, swim or cross-train the 363 miles, solo or as part of a team of 2 or 3. Choose to complete it in 1, 2, 3, 4 or 6 months and sign up today.
GET THE WHOLE SET
Anne of Cleves' 363 Miles to Wedded Bliss is the fourth in a series of 6 events dedicated to Henry VIII's Wives.
All the medals fit together beautifully to form a set. Do you have what it takes to do them all and earn all 6 plus the Finisher's Coin?
If you haven't completed the first three challenges, Catherine of Aragon's 99 Miles of Dismissal, Anne Boleyn's 45 Miles of Forbidden Love and Jane Seymour's 167 Miles of Bitter Rivalry, you can take part any time - our challenges are open until the end of 2024. The challenges don't need to be completed in order so choose when you want to do it!
UNRAVEL FASCINATING HISTORY AS YOU GO
The ugly one, right? Wrong! Anne of Cleves was 24 when she was "chosen" to marry a fat, lame 48-year old Henry VIII.
We'll follow the journey of this young princess from her family home in Dusseldorf, Germany, on an epic 363 voyage across 16th Century Europe. Accompany her, full of hope, across the Netherlands, through France and over the English channel to a very disappointing meeting with her husband-to-be at Rochester.
Complete the challenge in 1, 2, 3, 4 or 6 months.
For those who have already signed up
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.
RUN, WALK, CYCLE, SWIM OR CROSS-TRAIN
Wherever you are in the world, complete a running, walking, cycling, swimming or cross-training 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.
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. This journey tracks the movements of Anne of Cleves from her family home in Dusseldorf, Germany, across 16th Century Europe, to a very disappointing meeting with her husband-to-be at Rochester, England.
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, Kleve is 84km along the route. Once you've clocked up 84km of activity, you'll unlock a podcast telling you more about Anne's time at Kleve. This will appear in the My Virtual Mission app/website and you'll also receive it by email. Along the 363 miles you'll get 5 full-length podcasts and 9 postcards.
SEE YOU ON STREET VIEW
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 Tudor hood! We've created Tudor hoods so that you can change your profile pic and channel your inner Anne - just for fun!
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 363 mile journey. This is the fourth of a 6-medal set, each dedicated to a different Tudor queen. Collect them all and earn a beautiful finisher's centrepiece too.
From £31.95 per person, or £36.95 with Event Series Buff.
£23.50 for entry without a medal.
Motivation and accountability for 363 miles
Unique medal with original illustrations
Unlock loads of history along the route via postcards and podcasts
Access to the "My Virtual Mission" platform for race mapping, tracking and street view, and synced activity uploads.
Choose your timeframe - set a how 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.
Sign up for one queen at a time or get a great deal when you sign up for all your challenges together. The 5 Queen option is for those who have already completed the Catherine of Aragon Challenge and there are 4 Queen Season Passes if you've finished Anne Boleyn too.
FOR THE AMAZING FEEDBACK SO FAR
"I am really enjoying Catherine of Aragon and cannot wait for the rest of the queen challenges. I've done quite a few virtual runs now, but this is the first one I've done where I feel like I'm not doing it completely on my own."
"Really enjoying the Catherine of Aragon challenge. The perfect combination of two of my favourite things; history and running. History has so often been written by men, about men, so it’s great to find out more about the women behind Henry VIII and their journeys. Looking forward to discovering lots of fun facts about the other 5 Queens too over the course of the year!"
"The Catherine of Aragon / Six Wives Challenge transcends all virtual runs - as does the stunning medal. From day one I learnt so much as it's a fascinating history lesson on the hoof. A lot of it took place around an area I'd lived in for years, and I had no idea about a fraction of the information which I unlocked en-route via the postcards and podcasts. I can't wait to run with the other 5 wives and the lovely Secret London Runs community of runners."
"The podcasts are amazing!!!"
"I loved the Catherine of Aragon challenge. Learning more about this amazing Queen and what she went through while virtually walking in her shoes was really inspiring and it’s got me looking forward to the next challenge. The podcasts and postcards which accompanied the route were also a delight."
Well, I’m 64, I’m overweight and unfit, and I’ve been out walking every day since the challenge started come sun, rain, wind and snow. I gave myself 8 weeks to complete 99 Miles of Dismissal and it looks as if I may do it in exactly half that time. I am so thrilled! I simply could not, and would not, have been able to achieve this without the support from this lovely group"
SHEILA DONNELAN JONES