Girls Run the World Runuary

“Our mission is to empower each and every woman through running.”


Whether you are a total beginner or a regular runner, our run every day in January challenge, (#GRTWRunuary) is suitable for all, whatever your fitness level and wherever you live in the world

You can choose to run for just 100 metres (30 seconds) or 10k, the distance you choose, how fast or slow you run, where you run and even what time of the day, is completely up to you.

There are no prizes for how fast you are or how far you run, simply get moving every day from January 1st to 31st and share your journey on social media to inspire others, using our unique hashtag #GRTWRunuary. (If you're new to running, we recommend that you keep your distances low and to build gradually).

The event is aimed at helping you fit exercise into your day, no matter what your fitness level or workload. And our overall mission is empowerment.

This year, we want to combine our collective total to see how many times we can virtually run around the world. 

Having the support of others will help us power through January positively, sharing the running journey and the trials and tribulations, sunrises and snow from all over the globe.

We'll all be in it together, good runs, bad runs, heck-it-was-hard-to-get-out-there-runs!

On successful completion and verification of the challenge (please refer to the rules for taking part in the challenge Runuary rules here) you will receive a finisher's limited edition GRTW Runuary running t-shirt. 



About Runuary

We started #grtwrununary, to help keep women focused, fit and confident through the dark days of January. And we hoped that for each woman running, another woman or girl might be inspired to start running too. 

And it worked!

Since 2015, we've helped over 2000 women in the UK start running with Girls Run the World Runuary challenge.  And we want to continue that movement, helping to keep inspiring women to inspire other women through running. 

To date, we've had women taking part from Bangkok to Brighton and LA to London.

We want to spread it even further, because we know how hugely empowering running is.

For every woman that reaches January 31st, having run every day, it leaves a feeling of achievement, that has a lasting effect on more than just fitness. 

But we rely on YOU, women from around the UK and beyond to spread the news and get other women involved.  Our budget is limited but if every woman gest another woman involved then the empowering reach of women inspiring other women is a mighty force.

What does it involve?

It's simple.

Commit to running every day from 1st - 31st January and record it on Strava. It can be as little as 100m, one kilometre, 5k, whatever works.

The most important thing is to get moving, stay consistent and share your journey with our hashtag #GRTWRunuary to help inspire and encourage others.

That's it.

Ready to sign up? Click here.


'It’s one of the highlights of my year, and boosts my fitness and confidence.'

'It improves my stamina and strength, and I can see the improvements, from distance to speed, with my parkrun time improving by 2 or 3 minutes every week.

January is no longer a long dark month now, it’s a vibrant, exciting and challenging time! Justine Connonlly, 45, Nottinghamshire 

'I've improved my fitness and lost weight'

Runuary has done far more than this, I feel happier, more confident and better placed to handle all that life might throw my way.'  Linda McIntyre

'I now feel more motivated'

'I realise that I can run more often and further than I ever thought possible. Three kilometres seemed a long way at the start of January and I've now just run 10km. I've even started a half marathon training programme I feel so inspired!!, Sarah

'It’s proved that I can fit a run into even my busiest days.'

I used to think only running a little wasn't worth it. Now, I've proved that it still helps improvement. I even got a new 5k pb.' Nicky Jarvis

'I've got my running mojo back.'

'Runuary forced me to find time in the day for myself & reminds me how important it is to do that. Instead of catching up for coffee & cake with my sister we were running outside getting fitter.' Nicole Sullivan, Australia

'Runuary has turned my life around!' 

I clocked up close to 100 miles (compared to 1 or 2.5kms per week ), and I feel physically and mentally healthier than I have in years. It even gave me the confidence to sign up for the Stafford half marathon. Never in a million years did I think I would achieve all that in a month. I feel on top of the world in every sense of the word and I am determined to maintain this level of physical and mental well being. Maria Kershaw

'Runuary has taught me that getting older is not a slippery slope.'

'I took part in Girls Run the World runnuary in 2017 after being someone who only ran/trained once a year. I now run 2-3 times a week and 12years on from my first 1/2 marathon I have completed my third and have knocked 17mins off my time! Alexandra Moore

'It's so motivating.' 

'Runuary made me realise that everyone finds it hard to get out the door when they are busy with work, family or feeling tired. But where there is a will there is a way. As each woman reported back on their run it built up a real buzz about our love for running and seeing so many windswept smiling faces of women enjoying themselves along the way was so motivating. Rain or shine, everyone kept running.' Kaz Thompson

'I'm stronger and happier.'

'Runuary has been a revelation, helping me to focus on process over goal (running every day regardless of speed or distance) and it’s made me stronger and happier. Sharing daily stories online with other runners – moments of triumph or sheer bloody-mindedness, fast or slow runs, new or experienced runners – has built a bond between us that will last well beyond the month.' Laura Marshall



Our January 2020 Runuary T-shirt Design (please note t-shirt style and colour may vary)

Runuary FAQS

We want to make the GRTWRunuary experience as simple as possible. But there are a few niggly little admin things that we need you to do and (some) of them enhance the experience. Honest!

Here's what you need to do throughout GRTWRunuary2020.

1. Join our Strava club and collate your monthly distance using this. 

2. Post every day on ONE of your social media channels using our unique hashtag, #GRTWRunuary. The social media profile that you use must be public (not private) throughout the 31 days. This allows your pictures to inspire  the rest of the GRTWRunuary community and vice versa. You only have to choose ONE of the following:

  • Strava and title your workout, #GRTWRunuary
  • Twitter, using the same hashtag and tagging us @grtwuk
  • On Instagram, using the hashtag and tag us, @g_r_t_w
  • On your Facebook using our hastag and tagging our page

3. Verify completion of the challenge by February 7th 2020 by filling out our Final Completion Form

What happens next?

Once we have verified your claim, we will send out your exclusive GRTW Runuary finishers t-shirt. To prevent wastage we order this at the end of the challenge and so orders may not be received until March 1st. Additional postage will be required for entries outside the UK.


Can I record my distance on my Fitbit or other device?

No, we will only accept collate totals using Strava. 

How far do I have to run?

There is no minimum distance, as long as you get out and run.

Can I walk?

This is a running challenge designed to invite you outside of your comfort zone for life transformative expeiences. 

Can I miss a day? 

No, you must run every day.

If the weather is awful can I run on a treadmil?

Yes, as long as you record the run on Strava.

What if I am injured?

We will be providing advice and tips throughout the challenge. It is your responsibility to stay to the volume and intensity suitable for your running level. 

Can children take part? We LOVE inspiring the younger generation, so if you wish to run with your child, that's great but it is at your own responsibility although we can't take separte entries for them due to the use of social media. Should they take part and you would like them to have a t-shirt in their size for particpation, please email our office with regards to pricing.