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VIRTUAL CHALLENGE - START ANY TIME
OPEN UNTIL THE END OF 2023

CATHERINE PARR

45 MILES THE GRIEVING WIDOW

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Follow in the footsteps of Catherine Parr as she retreats from Whitehall to Greenwich in January 1547 and then accompany her to Windsor for her husband's funeral. How might Catherine have felt as she watched her husband buried next to Jane Seymour, as per his request? 

Every time you complete a walking or running activity, you'll advance along the virtual map unlocking podcasts and postcards from Catherine at milestones along the route. 

Earn beautiful bling, stay focused and make your miles more fun. Run or walk the 45 miles. Choose to complete it in 1, 2, 3, 4 or 6 weeks and sign up today.

EARN BEAUTIFUL BLING

Celebrate your achievement with a beautiful limited edition Catherine Parr medal. Exclusively designed for this event, with lots of special touches for history-lovers. They're bound to stand out in your collection!

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GET THE WHOLE SET

Catherine Parr: 45 Miles The Grieving Widow is the last in a series of 6 events dedicated to Henry VIII's Wives.

Do you have what it takes to do them all and earn all 6?

If you haven't completed the first four challenges, Catherine of Aragon's 99 Miles of Dismissal, Anne Boleyn's 45 Miles of Forbidden LoveJane Seymour's 167 Miles of Bitter Rivalry, Anne of Cleves' 363 Miles to Wedded Bliss* and Catherine Howard's 24 Miles Until Death Do Us Part you can take part any time - our challenges are open until the end of 2023. The challenges don't need to be completed in order so choose when you want to do it!

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AND COMPLETE WITH A FINISHER'S COIN

Finish your set of Henry VIII's Wives medals with this beautiful Finisher's Coin once you've completed all 6 challenges. The Finisher's Coin fits in the centre of your collection and gives you ultimate bragging rights.

Order alongside your Catherine Parr challenge entry:

Alternatively, you can purchase the Finisher's Coin separately.

UNRAVEL FASCINATING HISTORY AS YOU GO

Despite popular belief, Catherine Parr was far from a middle-aged frump by the time she became Henry VIII's 6th and final queen - the one who survived.

How did this passionate and clever queen react to the death of Henry VIII? We'll follower Catherine as she retreats from Whitehall to Greenwich in the January of 1547 and then accompany her to Windsor for her husband's funeral.

 

Complete the challenge in 1, 2, 3, 4 or 6 weeks

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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.

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RUN OR WALK

Wherever you are in the world, complete a running or walking 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 Catherine Parr as she retreats from Whitehall to Greenwich in the January of 1547 and then accompany her to Windsor for her husband's funeral.

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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. This will appear in the My Virtual Mission app/website and you'll also receive it by email.

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 Catherine - just for fun!

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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 45 mile journey. This is the last of a 6-medal set, each dedicated to a different Tudor queen. Collect them all and earn a beautiful finisher's centrepiece too.

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PRICING

From £22.95 per person.

From £17.50 for entry without a medal.
Option to purchase Finisher's Coin at the same time (+£9).

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  • Motivation and accountability for 45 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.

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SEASON PASSES

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.