VIRTUAL CHALLENGE - START ANY TIME
OPEN UNTIL THE END OF 2022
167 MILES OF BITTER RIVALRY
Run, walk, cycle, crosstrain or swim 167 miles along the route of the Royal Progress of 1535 from Wulfhall to Windsor and then head back to Greenwich.
Along the way, we'll explore the theory that Jane accompanied Anne Boelyn and Henry VIII on this trip, and question when their courtship truly began.
Earn beautiful bling, stay focused and make your miles more fun. Complete your 167 miles however you like - and choose to complete it in 2, 4, 6, 8 or 16 weeks and sign up today.
EARN BEAUTIFUL BLING
Celebrate your achievement with a beautiful limited edition Jane Seymour 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
Jane Seymour's 167 Miles of Bitter Rivalry is the third 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 two challenge, Catherine of Aragon's 99 Miles of Dismissal and Anne Boleyn's 45 Miles of Forbidden Love, 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
Jane Seymour - she's thought of as meek and gentle. We know her as Henry's favourite Queen for giving him a male heir. But was she really that passive in the downfall of her predecessor, Anne Boleyn?
Of all Henry's Queens, it's hard to pin Jane down in the historical evidence. So we are using this challenge to explore a theory - that Jane first caught the eye of the King on the Royal Progress of 1535 - and thus began her campaign to become Queen. We'll paint the picture of a more ruthless and decisive figure than you may have seen in previous interpretations of "The One Who Died".
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, SWIM, CROSS-TRAIN OR CYCLE
Wherever you are in the world, complete an activity - whatever distance you like. Measure it using a GPS tracking device or take a photo of your treadmill screen/watch. 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 the Royal Progress of 1535.
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. Along the 167 miles you'll get 5 full-length podcasts and a number of 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! New hoods for Jane Seymour coming soon!
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
Once you go over the finish-line we'll send you your medal in the post to celebrate your 45 mile journey. This is the first of a 6-medal set, each dedicated to a different Tudor queen. Collect them all and earn a beautiful finisher's centrepiece too.
£29.95 with a medal or £21.50 without a medal
Motivation and accountability for 167 miles
Unique medals with original illustrations
Unlock loads of history along the route via postcards and 5 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. Change this at any time.
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 4 Queen Season Passes if you've finished Anne Boleyn too.