VIRTUAL CHALLENGE - START ANY TIME
OPEN UNTIL THE END OF 2024
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.
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 - all of 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
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! We've created Tudor hoods so that you can change your profile pic and channel your inner Jane - 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 167 mile journey. This is the third 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.
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
1. How fast do I need to be?All fitness levels are welcome. Each tour has a guide pace to keep you in your comfort zone. We operate on a "no one gets left behind basis" which means that we'll always run at the pace of the gentlest person in our lovely group. So please don't be nervous about joining us. But also, don't be afraid of signing up for a merrily medium or festively fast pace and the gentle jingle is often very gentle. There are also walking tours available of the 5k Christmas lights tour.
2. Do you have a bag drop?Unfortunately we do not have a bag drop, especially with the tour starting and ending in different parts of London. Our tours are not races - so we advice packing light and bringing a running backpack for your essentials. If you need to store any items, we recommend using Luggage Hero before you come to your tour.
3. What do I need to bring with me?Your ticket on your phone (we don't need a paper copy), water if you usually run with it. Wear warmer clothes than you usually would for a run of the length of your tour - we will be stopping around the run to for twinkly lights and festive history. Of course, we highly recommend all the Christmas fancy dress.
4. Is the Christmas lights tour suitable for children?Yes - children are welcome, as long as they're accompanied by an adult who takes full responsibility for their safety whilst on the tour. Accompanied children are welcome at all our tours, as long as they're comfortable with the guide pace, but we do have 2 Family Special dates for the 5k Christmas lights tour, so you can bring little ones and know there are plenty of others there too.