AdventRunning aims to encourage people to run for at least 30 minutes each day

With the colder weather, shorter days and busier time of year an extra bit of motivation can sometimes be needed to encourage runners to pull on their trainers and head outdoors in December.

Ultra runners and triathlon coaches James Poole and Claudia Schroegel understand this and so for the last few years have taken on an AdventRunning challenge with some friends. This year they’re inviting other runners to get involved, too.

As they explain on their website “We love to run. We also love the end of year festivities; mulled wine, mince pies, work parties, good will to all mankind (and womankind, natch) and all that jazz. But as days get shorter and our lives get busier, running often takes a back seat.

“Not this year! AdventRunning is a free and simple run challenge that aims to keep people running throughout the month of December. The aim is to run for a minimum of 30 minutes a day, each day, between the 1st and the 25th of December. After that you can carry on for the rest of the month, or take a break with the knowledge that you’ll be able to start the New Year in fighting form and ready to smash out some new PBs.”

Poole and Schroegel explain that it’s not about the distance that you cover in those 30 minutes – for those new to running it could begin with a brisk walk. For those who are more competitive, there is an AdventRunning group on Strava. A number of events have also been organised as a part of AdventRunning, with further information available on the AdventRunning Facebook page.

So far more than 900 runners have signed up.

Plus, if the motivation of being part of AdventRunning isn’t enough, a daily spot prize is set to be awarded for the best photo, video or written description of the day’s run shared by the runner on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Keep your eyes peeled as there might even be a prize from Athletics Weekly up for grabs on one of the days!