The Coronavirus pandemic continues to cripple the world, having a devastating impact on health, mobility, businesses, charities and families. On the frontline the NHS, police, social workers, fire service, delivery drivers, shop workers, care workers, cleaners and those in the private sector doing good things continue to care for us and keep us safe (if we’ve missed you out please know that you’re appreciated). On the events front, the Spring and Summer race calendar has been wiped out with most, if not all, events being cancelled leaving thousands of runners without a race to look forward to. The Breaking Strain Be Kind Virtual Run is our response to that.

The Breaking Strain Be Kind Virtual Run can be run or walked straight from your front door.  You get to run your own race, at your own pace, building your mileage as you go. You have three distances to choose from: Marathon, 50 miles or 100 miles.

All we ask is that you follow all relevant government guidance surrounding the one period of exercise and maintain social distancing measures. Use common sense and act as though you already have the virus. Over the years the BSE race community has been hugely supportive helping raise over £1.8 million for various good causes through our events and treks. Let’s keep that going.

Some of the benefits of signing up to the Be Kind Virtual Run:

  1. Keeps you active (in line with current government guidance around one period of exercise a day) and motivated and gives you a target for your training. If you’re anything like us you’re slowly turning in to cake. 
  2. Supports two independent businesses during the worst of times. Instead of receiving a medal at the end of the event you can opt to receive either a 250g bag of coffee from Santu Coffee or a box of loose leaf tea from Eteaket. You get an awesome brew and they get your support at a time when they need it.
  3. If you’d rather, we will donate the equivalent cost of your gift directly to charity.  There is a list of incredible charities who are struggling during unprecedented times on our order form. Many of their staff have been furloughed (many of these guys have become friends over the years), fundraising events are being cancelled, donations are down and due to social distancing measures, many of their core functions supporting those in need can’t be fulfilled. By donating you help them weather the storm.
  4. Your fee also goes towards paying the Stripe transaction charges, gives some to the ticketing company, Eventrac (a small business of four employees) and you support us.  We’re a company of one full time employee. We’re little and local and we try to do good things whilst keeping costs low.

The Events

26.2 Miles

The target is to complete the equivalent of a marathon of walking or running over the 31 days as part of your one period of daily activity. This is the entry level distance and we would love to see families and groups registering together.

Price: £15

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50 Miles

In order to complete this challenge, participants should aim to complete 50 miles.  This target suits someone who is already active and is looking to step it up in the name of a good cause. Average daily distance required – under two miles.

Price: £15

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100 Miles

This challenge asks participants to complete in excess of 100 miles. The Century is obviously suited to someone who is already active and/or perhaps had an event cancelled over the Spring. Average daily distance required – 3.3 miles.

Price: £15

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eteaket logo


eteaket is a speciality whole leaf tea company, born in 2008, on a mission to encourage people to live life more on purpose through pausing for tea. eteaket supply quality, ethical, unique teas, often with a twist like our Isle of Harris Gin Tea, and they really excel at helping food-service businesses make their tea offering stand out. They also have a Tea Room, Tea Store and online shop.

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Santu Coffee

Washington was two years old when he first tasted coffee, grown on his grandparents’ farm in Brazil. Working on a specialty coffee farm in Brazil (via New York) he saw how complex the industry is. It’s full of middlemen who make it impossible to know where the beans come from and whether the farmers were well-treated and fairly paid.

Now that Washington and his wife have moved to Scotland (for the weather), they’re proud to only buy from coffee farmers they know personally. It’s real direct trade: they grow and process the coffee and put it on the ship. Santu take it off and roast it. You get the very best Brazilian coffee direct from the source for a price that’s fair on everyone.


  • Run only once a day

    Only one run per day counts towards your total. This can be done on a treadmill or during the current period of Coronavirus lockdown as part of your one period of your daily exercise. Remember to follow all guidance from the government around social distancing.

  • Who can take part?

    Everybody. We think this event is a great opportunity to virtually bring family, friends and co-workers together with a common purpose. We also recognise the benefits of exercise in promoting mental wellbeing especially in these uncertain times. If young people under 16 are signing up then we’d recommend that they run with an adult to ensure appropriate social distancing.

  • How long do I have to do my distance?

    You have 31 days from sign up to complete your chosen distance.The last day of the virtual event will be 31 May 2020. Once you’ve completed your distance drop us a message using the online submission form accessed from the button on this page (bottom of the page).

  • How do I get my coffee/tea?

    Your chosen product will be sent directly to your house. Please ensure that the address provided when you register for the event is correct.

  • I chose to donate to charity, how does this get to the charity?

    Once you enter, we’ll donate slightly more than the equivalent cost of the coffee/tea (£7.50) directly to your nominated charity immediately. This means the charity gets the funds when they most need them.

  • Do I need to use a fitness tracker like Strava to track my mileage?

    No, we trust you! However, there are loads of free fitness trackers that you can use and it might be a good way to show your friends and sponsors all the effort you are putting in.

  • Is there a set location or venue for this event?

    No. This is a virtual event, so you can do your miles straight from your front door and at any time. Remember that during the current Coronavirus lockdown to avoid meeting others, including friends and family and stay at least 6 feet away from others.

  • Wash your hands when you get home


  • Where does my fee go?

    For full transparency the breakdown of your £15 fee is as follows: For coffee/tea choices: £7 – coffee/tea businesses, £0.95 – Stripe transaction charge and fee to ticketing supplier, Eventrac, £7.05 – BSE. For donations to charity: £7.50 – charity, £0.95 – Stripe transaction charge and fee to ticketing supplier, Eventrac, £6.55 – BSE.