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VIRTUAL RUNNING CHALLENGE STARTING ON 18TH JANUARY 2021

CATHERINE OF ARAGON

99 MILES OF DISMISSAL

Follow in Catherine of Aragon's footsteps, on the route that she took after she was dismissed as queen. This epic virtual running and walking challenge will take you on a 99 mile odyssey, through the last, turbulent years of her life. 

As you complete your miles you'll advance along the virtual map between More and Kimbolton Castle, unlocking postcards from Catherine at milestones along the route. The adventure begins with a podcast, setting the scene and giving some important historical context.

Earn this beautiful bling, stay focused and make your miles more fun in 2021. Run or walk the 99 miles, choose to complete it in 2, 4, 6 or 8 weeks and sign up today.

EARN BEAUTIFUL BLING

Part of a set for all 6 Tudor Queens

Celebrate your achievement with a beautiful limited edition Catherine of Aragon medal. Exclusively designed for this event, with lots of special touches for history-lovers.

Medals will be sent to you after you've completed the event and are bound to stand out in your collection. Have you got what it takes to complete all 6 challenges and earn the set?

UNRAVEL FASCINATING HISTORY AS YOU GO

This challenge tells the story of Catherine of Aragon after her 24-year marriage to Henry. 

History tells us a lot about Catherine's time as Queen, and the overlap with Anne Boleyn. But then the narrative tends to follow Henry and Anne, leaving the last years of Catherine less well known.

Over the 99 miles you'll learn about how this courageous woman held her head high as she was banished from castle to castle, starting with More and ending at Kimbolton where she died.

RACE TECH TO BRING THE CHALLENGE TO LIFE

We've partnered up with My Virtual Mission for this event so you can see exactly where you are along the journey. You'll be able to use Street View to check out your virtual surroundings and see where you are on the mapin comparison to other participants.

TRACK YOUR PROGRESS EASILY

At the beginning of the challenge, sync up your fitness app (such as Strava) or smart watch and it will automatically update your position along the map. No need to upload your evidence after each run or walk, but manual entry is available if you prefer.

PRICING

£24.95 or £28.95 with a buff

Motivation and accountability for 99 miles
 

Unique medals 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.

Frequently asked questions

What happens if I want to change the time frame I do the challenge in?


We want you to do what you feel comfortable with so please choose a realistic time frame to complete your challenge in. But we understand that things get in the way. The challenge is actually open all year, and you won't get shut off at any point. So if you fall behind, don't worry! The goal is really just for you!




Why has Secret London Runs teamed up with My Virtual Mission?


To run this event we have teamed up with My Virtual Mission to allow you to 'virtually' see the route that Catherine of Aragon would have taken on her journey of dismissal. Once you have created an account and joined the mission you will be able to sync your activity app e.g Strava or Garmin to the platform so it automatically uploads your activities. You will also be able to see yourself moving along the map, and when you reach key milestones on Catherine's journey this will trigger postcards and podcasts so you can learn more about the history of this Tudor Queen.




I can’t run 99 miles! Can I break it down into smaller chunks?


Yes of course. When you sign up you can choose how long you think you’ll need to complete the distance. There are options from 2 weeks to 8 weeks. You can do it all in one go if you want to, although we strongly advise against this if you are not well trained to take on this ultra distance. Most people will break it down into lots of smaller distances and use it to help them keep fit or train for another event. Lots of participants will do a mixture of running and walking.




Does my entry for Catherine of Aragon get me entry to all six of the queens?


No. Each event is separate and you will need to sign up to each one individually. Of course once you’ve created a My Virtual Mission account however, you just need to ‘join the mission’ for each queen as they open. The entry fee goes towards our tech fees for My Virtual Mission, your unique medal (it included illustration fee because we got the images created especially) and all the historical research and content. We really couldn't price the event any lower and stay in business.




Do I have to do all six events?


Not at all. You can do one, two or all of them. Entirely up to you. However we have designed the medals so they all interconnect and you’ll get a special Tudor Rose gold coin to commemorate your incredible achievement if you decide to take on all six.




What if I don’t want to sign up for a My Virtual Mission account?


You don’t have to sign up for my virtual mission, and you'll still recieve your medal if you decide not to. However the price of your sign up covers the cost of operating all the cool technology which you’ll benefit from as part of this challenge. Tech like being able to see how far along each queen’s journey you are, comparing how you are doing to other participants, receiving the postcards at key milestones, and access to our podcast. Plus we're using My Virtual Mission for evidence uploads. So really, we think it makes sense to sign up so you don’t miss out on the full challenge experience.




Are these the exact journies of the Queens?


In a word...no! Lots of the roads are different now to the 16th century. And although we know details of all the journies we're following, history often doesn't tell us the exact route taken. The important milestones that we highlight on the route are perfectly true to history and we give you as much information as we can about those places.




When will I be able to sign up for the next Queen?


We're aiming to release one queen every 2 months this year (but hopefully more regularly)! Each journey takes a lot of research, so we hope you understand. Anne Boelyn will be in March. Each journey is a different distance - and some of the longer ones will incorporate cycling and crosstraining miles.




Can I walk the whole thing, or section of it?


Yes, you can walk the whole thing. Or you can mix up running and walking. Others might prefer to leave it as a running-only challenge. You set the challenge for what will help to motivate you.





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