The Race Organiser : Run January: Be Race Ready in 2021
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Run January: Be Race Ready in 2021

Run January!


Local training routes · medals for your month km total · virtual race days every weekend


Join The Race Organiser for our biggest virtual event yet! We know you want to get your year off to an epic start, so we've put together an exciting virtual event to ignite your motivation and keep the community spirit alive while races are still on hold. Run January allows you to choose a distance goal to accomplish by the end of the month with virtual races every weekend to keep your performance in check and allow your competitive spirit to shine. Check out your rivals via the live online leaderboard and earn a medal to show off your hard work. Choose from individual 25km, 50km, 100km or 200km targets, or a 1000km team goal to be completed by the end of the month. Your entry into Run January will give you FREE access to 5 virtual races, one held each weekend of January, to show off your speed and stamina and add towards your month's mileage total. So, go on and challenge yourself and get 2021 off to a flying start!


Set a distance goal


How far will you run? Set a distance goal to hit over the 31 days of January – choose from targets of 25K, 50K, 100K or 200K, or a team 1,000K - and reach or exceed them to get the medal to show your mettle. We’ll support you with extra training resources and shout outs every step of the way on our social channels.


Use our route maps to inspire your training runs


Use our run routes for your training sessions with a 5K and 10K map for every London borough and 20 other cities including Coventry, Windsor, Maidenhead and Guildford – all based on our City Scramble virtual routes passing great views and quirky cultural landmarks.


Once you’ve entered, you’ll get access to the online bank of maps with at least one 5K and 10K route in each of these cities:


Belfast, Bath, Birmingham, Brighton. Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Chelmsford, Coventry, Derby, Edinburgh, Exeter, Frome, Glasgow, Guildford, Leeds, Leicester, London (each of the 32 boroughs and City of London), Maidenhead, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Norwich, Oxford, Plymouth, Reading, Sheffield, Southampton, Swindon, Windsor and York.


Race your socks off during the virtual Race Weekends


Your entry into Run January includes a place in each of our virtual Race Weekends (and their respective leaderboards) to provide some focus for your weekly training and contribute towards your monthly goal.


You can run wherever you want, take inspiration from our bank of Race Ready routes (including our iconic London park races) or, if you have a suggestion for a new route in your city’s best park, let us know and we may be able to offer new routes where there’s high demand!


Participants will also receive a £5 discount against entry into our Virtual January Classics events (a collection of routes from our traditional monthly races in London and Draycote Water).


Full details on how to enter the Run January Race Weekends and any Virtual January Classics events will be provided after entry.


Health and Safety


Please follow official guidance with respect to current COVID-19 restrictions when going outside to exercise. Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people and wash your hands as soon as you get home.