The DARED Challenge

‘Do A Run Every Day’ in June 2021

Thank you for considering joining hundreds of other runners and taking part in Circle’s unique virtual challenge event DARED 2021.

“The best achievements in life are those you thought you couldn’t do. Doing DARED for the third year and knowing I wasn’t in any sort of running condition was a challenge just to sign up. As always, I’m glad I did but this year was different, this year it helped my mental and physical health and I am truly grateful for the community. The challenge also got me back in touch with an old friend that also signed up. It’s been great being back in touch and doing things together. Thank you to Mark (the event founder) for all his hard work and dedication. Good luck to whoever takes on the challenge!”

Reasons to take part:

  • For new runners – by choosing our 1 mile daily you will empower yourself to get active, exercise and improve your physical health
  • For experienced runners – by choosing our 5km daily run you are challenging yourself to run 150km in June. That’s 3 1/2 marathons in a month.
  • For your mental health – our active community of runners share challenges, accomplishments and support on Facebook and Strava.
  • For the local community – by taking part you will make a difference in the lives of local children and families impacted by poverty, abuse, substance use and imprisonment. You can choose to fundraise or pay an upfront donation with your entry fee.

What is the Challenge?

You may choose between two challenges and can complete them as a series of runs, brisk walks or a combination of the two. They can be completed individually or in groups, outside in the fresh air or on a treadmill.

The Beginners’ Challenge: Complete a 1 mile run every day in June.

The Experienced Challenge: Complete a 5k run every day in June.

Fitting exercise into your daily lives can be difficult and is frequently overlooked. Getting out in the fresh air and working up a sweat can have profound effects for both your physical and mental health.

This is an arduous test of physical and mental stamina, requiring disciplined preparation and recovery, an accomplishment that seasoned runners should be proud of.

How do I sign up?

The only way to sign up is by visiting The DARED Challenge registration page.

Who can enter?

Anyone can enter!

Each year we get a huge amount of support from Edinburgh school staff and it is fantastic to see so many dedicated members of staff go above and beyond to offer even more support to local children. However anyone is welcome to participate.

How can I promote DARED?

DARED is a mass participation event. The more people who sign up for it the better.

Share the event poster or DARED Flyer 2021 by printing it off and putting it on notice boards, emailing it to friends or colleagues and adding it to your social media. Please like and share our Facebook page. Also follow and retweet our Twitter account. There is also a specific DARED Participants Facebook page where you can share photos, PBs and challenges.

Ultimately our main goal is to raise money for Circle, so keep directing people to your own fundraising page. And keep in touch – we would love to hear how you are getting on with your fundraising and with the challenge.

Do I have to run?

In the same way that you can’t turn up for a marathon with some roller skates, the DARED challenge must be completed on foot. How fast you go is completely up to you. It is however a challenge, so push yourself; the 10 minute walk to the staff room via the photocopier is not sufficient.

At the end of each day you should feel like you have completed some exercise, either by breaking sweat or getting at least slightly out of breath (to the point that you can’t hold a conversation in complete sentences).

Can I use a treadmill?

Whilst there are benefits to running outside with others, sometimes convenience and weather makes the draw of a treadmill appealing. As long as the distance is covered, the challenge is completed. If a treadmill is used, photos of the screen can be taken at the completion of each run to record progress.

How do I record my runs?

There are countless free smartphone apps which you can use to record your runs. Strava is particularly good as it allows you to plan as well as record your run.

We are hosting a DARED club where you can see how the other participants are getting on. If you would to be added to this group or have any queries, please email

If you are completing any runs on a treadmill, a photo of the screen on completion will make a record of your efforts. Technical problems are inevitable and GPS devices are not 100% reliable. Records will therefore not need to be submitted and we will be relying on participants’ honesty.

What is the entry fee?

There are two entry choices and if you sign up before 16th April there is an Early Bird discount:

Fundraising – the early bird fee is £10 (£15), which covers your event t-shirt, medal and enables you to take part in the event with a fundraising target of £50pp.

Non-Fundraising – the early bird fee is £25 (£30), which covers your event t-shirt, medal and makes a £15 contribution to Circle with no further fundraising target.

All money raised is for Circle, no additional charity can be chosen or selected.

How do I fundraise?

To set up your fundraising page just visit JustGiving and select “Start Fundraising”. You can set up a page as an individual or as a group. Remember to personalise your page and share it with as many people as possible. We have guidelines for setting up your page for beginners and advanced event people who have previously used JustGiving but need a refresher.

Every penny you raise will go towards making a life-changing difference to the life of a young person in and around Edinburgh.

Your questions not answered here?

Then get in touch by emailing Darren.Pike@Circle.Scot

Good luck and keep in touch!