Circle Presents….The DARED Challenge

‘Do A Run Every Day’ in June 

Thank you for showing your interest in our Circle exclusive virtual event. Join hundreds of other runners to take on the DARED Challenge, and incorporate exercise into your daily lives, whilst supporting children and families across Scotland.

Are you ready to join us in 2023 for the 6th annual DARED Challenge event?

“DARED was exactly the challenge I needed to get my going again after a prolonged period of laziness had set in. The support from the other participants was amazing and kept me going through highs and lows!” DARED Participant


What is the Challenge?

The concept of DARED is very simple – do a run every day in June whilst raising money for Circle. That’s it. You can run at any time of day that suits you, before work, after work, during lunch, early evening. Anytime!

This is a challenge of physical and mental stamina, requiring disciplined preparation and recovery, an accomplishment that all participants should be proud of.  As well as the obvious health benefits, you will also be supporting Circle.  Every penny you raise and every mile you run will go towards making a life-changing difference to children and families living in some of Scotland’s most deprived areas.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          


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

  • 1 Mile per Day

Our beginner’s challenge is great for anyone starting out on their fitness journey, or those trying to ease themselves back in. Enjoy a steady improvement in fitness throughout the month and achieve running more than a marathon over the course of 30 days!

  • 5km per Day

If you are looking for a bigger challenge, why not try our ‘experienced’ 5km per day challenge. Sound easy? Then consider it as running more than 3 marathons in just 1 month!

  • DARED To Be Different

If either the 1 mile or 5km DARED options don’t suit you then why not take on DARED To Be Different and come up with your own challenge to Do A Run Every Day in June. Perhaps you are looking for something a little more challenging than running 5K a day; or hesitant about committing to run 1 mile a day; or you want to start at 1 mile and build up to 5km a day?

DARED To Be Different gives you a blank canvas to set your own challenge, based on your own needs, capabilities, and availability. As long as you commit to Do A Run Every Day you can set the distance, whether its 1 mile, 5km, 10km or a build-up of distance each day. 

Who can enter?

Anyone can enter!

Whether you are an experienced runner looking for a challenge, or a beginner, DARED is a great way to improve your fitness.

You can take part in DARED as an individual, or as part of a team. Sign up as part of your school, university, organisation or sports team. Encourage your colleagues, family & friends to sign up and join our DARED community.

WHO WILL YOU “DARE” TO SIGN UP?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            


How do I sign up?

Sign up via the DARED Challenge registration page.

Sign up via our social media pages at Facebook page, Twitter account or Instagram Page

Get in touch at Kirsten.Wales@Circle.Scot                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Promoting DARED

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

Share the event poster or DARED Flyer 2022 by printing it off and putting it on notice boards, emailing it to friends or colleagues and adding it to your social media. We also have an Information Pack available for download here, which you can use to spread the word.

Please like and share our social media pages:

Facebook page

Instagram Page

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.        


Want to become a DARED 2023 Champion?

Our DARED Champions will work alongside us to host a successful event and use your positivity, expertise and support to inspire others to sign up, participate and donate, to help us raise as much money for our families as possible. Please be assured though that becoming a DARED Champion will not require any more time than you are comfortable giving the event. As always, any support you can provide will be very much appreciated.

Hear from our DARED 2022 Champions about why you should sign up for DARED- 

If you are interested in becoming a DARED Champion, get in touch at Kirsten.Wales@Circle.Scot             


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!

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 welcome pack, 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 welcome pack, 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 children and families in and around Edinburgh.                          

Your questions not answered here?

Get in touch at; Kirsten.Wales@Circle.Scot

Good luck on your DARED journey! We can’t wait to hear from you.