Girls Run the World Runuary

About Girls Run the World Runuary

Since 2015, we've helped thousands of women around the world to start running with the Girls Run the World Runuary challenge. 

Taking place every January, women join our challenge to run every day of the month. It can be as little as 100m, one kilometre, 5k, whatever works for you. The most important thing is to get moving, stay consistent and share your journey to help inspire and encourage others.

What you have to do:

  • Run every day, even if it's just 100 metres. It must be a run, not a walk, hike or part of another exercise class.
  • Record it on Strava, including in the title (not comments) #grtwrunuary.
  • Gain support and motivation from the rest of our worldwide community by sharing images from your runs on Instagram OR Twitter using the hashtag, #grtwrunuary.

How you will benefit

  • Improved fitness and mental well being to get you through January (read our testimonials below).
  • Support, motivation and inspiration from other female runners around the world within our Facebook community group.
  • An exclusive GRTW Runuary top (upon successful proof of challenge completion).

Our campaign aims to inspire, support and motivate. 

Although you may run alone, sharing your journey of the good runs, bad runs, heck-it-was-hard-to-get-out-there-runs, you'll have the virtual community of Girls Run the World sharing the journey with you.



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

Not only does it improve my stamina and strength, I can see the improvements over the month, from distance to speed, with my parkrun times going down by 2 or 3 minutes each week.

Before runuary, I used to sometimes make excuses not to run -  my trainers were wet, I had the wrong tights, or the weather was too bad. Now I know I can run even if everything isn’t perfect, I don’t need to have the right leggings (I ran in jeans in 2017 twice), and there’s no weather that is too bad (I’ve run in sub zero, in rain, in hail, in snow and I’ve been exhilarated).

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

Justine Southwell

'I've improved my fitness, lost weight, and my resting heart rate has dropped from 56 to 49 bpm. But it's done far more, helping to clear my mind, increased my focus and made me feel more energised.  I feel happier, more confident and better placed to handle all that life might throw my way.'

Linda McIntyre

'I now have more motivation and 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 and feel great.

I've booked a 7km night race and a 10km spring race, and have even started a half marathon training programme I feel so inspired!!

GRTW Runuary has made me realise that you can fit a short run in and that there is always time in the day to run.'


'It’s proved that I can fit a run into even my busiest days and that even a small amount of running can help you improve. I got a new 5k pb near the end of January and all of my runs are trending faster again.'

Nicky Jarvis

'I got my run mojo back. It 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

'I’ve been running on and off for the past five years but lost my running mojo last year following a bereavement. I thought GRTW runuary would be a good opportunity to get things back on track and boy did it work! I clocked up close to 100 miles over the month (compared to 1 or 2.5kms per week ), and it's left me feeling physically and mentally healthier than I have in years.

It gave me the confidence to sign up for the Stafford half marathon in about 6 weeks time. 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. Runuary has quite literally turned my life around!'

Maria Kershaw