VIRTUAL CHALLENGE - START ANY TIME
OPEN UNTIL THE END OF 2022
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.
EARN BEAUTIFUL BLING
Celebrate your achievement with a beautiful limited edition Anne of Cleves medal. Exclusively designed for this event, with lots of special touches for history-lovers. They're bound to stand out in your collection!
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 this year. 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..