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Nordbahntrasse Part 1

The Nordbahntrasse is a hiking and biking way in Wuppertal that is around 22 km long and between 3,5 and 10 m wide.Its build on a former railroad line through Wuppertal. The northern end is connected with an other former railroad line that goes inside the Ruhrgebiet, the other end is near Train Station Vohwinkel in western Wuppertal and is connecte...
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A bit around my home

Today I want show you a little bit how it looks like around my Home.I live in the northern end of Wuppertal-Barmen the town northern of us is Sprockhövel, witch is part of the Ruhrgebiet. Some of you may know the Ruhrgebiet as area of coal and steel.The first picture shows the street where I live in, a lot green and some not that bad houses.The sec...
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Yesterday I started my first MedalMad challenge - What the trecking dont tell you

​Yesterday I started my first MedalMad challenge, the 80 km around the world challenge. May be 7,82 km doesnt look much for alot of you but what the pic or any informations I could get from the app dont tell you: My home is at 289m ASL the place in the town center Wuppertal-Barmen where I had to go, is at 160m ASL. So it wasnt only nearly 8 km...
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My Courage Always Rises 20KM Medal (is as pretty as I had hoped

So officially I first signed up for the Allons-y challenge, and then discovered that I walk a longer distance each day than I had expected. So having a kid that now goes to school means I either cycle or walk up and down there four times a day, nearly reaching that 10km mark within 24 hours. Whoops. I wanted to go for a higher challenge (and o...
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The Journeyman

Supposed i started running after my second child. Running for weight loss, running to regain focus, running to push myself see if I could do it. I run now as its my passion. Its a mental thing. It helps clear my mind and focus on something else which is positive and at the end of the run am proud. Im proud of myself because i have no one ...
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A Journey Starts...

Everyone knows the saying! A journey starts with a single step. Team Anglerfish have been walking together for a whole decade, since the kiddo first learned to toddle! But mama always thought herself too unfit to run.To take that first step, we started about a year ago with the Couch To 5k app. It didn't go well. Kiddo can *run and talk at the...
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Rewards medals

Just earned my bronze medal for completing 10 challenges...I can’t believe how much my life’s and attitude to life has changed since I joined medal mad...I’m going for gold 🙌🏻 
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Afternoon muddy ride

Afternoon ride for mental health month thanks to work for afternoon offJust finished the bee 🐝 medal after a nice 17.5 miles ride in the mud 
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Amazing medals

Loving life with mad medal
Can’t believe how nice the medals are. Just done the train together challenge and got it engraved, so so lovely 😊  Can’t believe how nice the medals are. Just done the train together challenge and got it engraved, so so lovely 😊  
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Medal

Just had my first 10k medal, very fast to come so can't wait to do another, I think I'll go for. 20k this time and see how much I can push my self, 
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They See Me Rollin’...

Hi, I'm Leanne, also known as LippyArt! I thought my first blog post on here should include a little about me 😊...Using art, photography, and live demonstrations, my mission is to educate the world on the importance of both disability awareness and wildlife conservation. I endeavour to break stereotypes, challenge perceptions, push bounda...
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The Unity & Power of Female Runners

 The importance of women feeling safe on our streets has been a hugely highlighted topic across the media recently.I don't for one minute presume that men are exempt from feelings of unease or fear while going about their daily routines, but this article is based upon my experiences as a woman, and is therefore dedicated to the ladies.Street h...
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Amy - April 2021 Member of the Month

 DRUM ROLL PLEASE!!!!...... April's Member of the Month is..... Amy Clark! Amy is a regular contributor to this page so you probably are familiar with her already and I'm sure she needs little introduction! She joined MM in September last year driven by a desire to lose weight and also improve her mental health. Her story of being a busy ...
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My Second Ever Marathon: Sub 4 Hours!

Enter text here "Good morning!" Called two jolly male joggers as they dashed past.It wasn't a rhetorical question. It wasn't even a question."No," I replied, more to myself then to my fellow runners. No, it was currently not a good morning.Unsurprisingly, my bizarre response acquired puzzled looks.Wait – were they men jogging, or were they two gino...
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Half Marathon #2

When I signed up to run a 5K back in December 2019 I never imagined I would run a half marathon. Here I am just over a year since I started running and I've just completed my second half marathon. Six weeks ago I saw a message on our work's internal social media saying they had just been offered some last minute charity places for the (virtual) Roy...
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New Look for MedalMad

As we approach our 5th birthday we decided to have a make over. We wanted to make a simpler logo that was more modern and able to sit alongside our amazing medals without clashing or distracting. It has been quite a long process but we finally decided on a design a colour palette that works for all aspects of MedalMad. Our main logo is in this...
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Peru to london 10k

My 2 year old loves Paddington and today the 2 of us finished the 10k virtual Peru to London challenge. I can’t wait to receive the Paddington suitcase medal to give to him. He will be so happy. 
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Points Mean......More Challenges

We are delighted to release a new feature on the MedalMad website, you can now use your points to save £££ on your next challenge. You can save up the points you receive for completing a challenge then use them to save on that medal you have had your eye on.You can find how many and when you earned them from you My Rewards points page, fo...
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Diary of an everyday lackluster mother

So...i finally decided to get off my arse and start losing weight and gaining better overall fitness. I have tried the gym but got bored as I never really went anywhere. I tried plain walking around but would lose enthusiasm. I saw Medal Mad on facebook today and thought it would be a good thing to have a go at. After all I remember ...
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A Year of Running

What a year it's been?! This last year has probably been one of the hardest I've known, but equally I'm so glad that it seems to have zoomed by. Things here in the UK are pretty much just as they were back in March/April last year. We're in a full lockdown, although cases are coming down so hopefully we'll start to have some more "normality" a...
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First week into run I g

Enter text here After one week into my new running journey, today was HARD!! The air seemed colder, heavier and lessmanageable. Especially in my legs actually I’d say from the top of my legs to the tips of my toes. Managed one mile no stopping. Gain some rhythm in my arms and pacedmyself although I’m sure I s...
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Staying Safe

Hello everyone, I hope everyone is staying well. I can't quite believe that we're into 2021 now! Let's hope this year is better than 2020! One of the things I've always been very aware of since becoming a runner is my safety, so today I thought I'd share with you some of my tips for staying safe, especially since the mornings/evenings are dark...
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Member of the Month - Claire Walters

Meet December's Member of the Month Claire Walters!! Claire joined MedalMad in November this year after losing an amazing 115lbs! Well done Claire! Claire is a Type 2 Diabetic and after losing weight she joined MedalMad to help her maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. Since then she has completed a fantastic 10 challenges with us and has s...
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Last Day BF Offer and Lucky Dip Medals

BLACK FRIDAY OFFERLast day for our black Friday offer of 20% off all challenges. Plus our £5 lucky dips. Ends at midnight tonight.Use code BFMM20 for 20% offLUCKY DIPHere are a list of some of the medals in their distance categories that could be arriving at your door. Remember this is a sale item so no refunds, returns or exchanges. It' ...
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Early Black Friday Offer for 2020 Challenges

Start Black Friday early and finish 2020 strong with 30% off 2020 virtual challenges. Offer excludes sets, multi-part challenges and Holidays Are Coming medal. Offer is not valid on the shop section only challenges section of the website.  Use the code below at checkout. If on mobile scroll right to see the subtotal after discou...
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My First Half Marathon: The Great North Run Reimagined

Sunday 13th September 2020. A date that had been engraved in my mind since the start of the year. A date I was aiming for, the biggest event of my running "career" to date. 15th June 2020. The day I found out that the Great North Run had been cancelled, but also the date I made a commitment. I was still going to go out there and give that half mara...
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Halloween Challenge to keep the Kids Active

Looking to keep the kids active this half term?Then why not join our half terms 5KM challenge? Download the free colouring tracker sheet and over the half term complete 5KM of running, walking, swimming, cycling, scooting or a combination of all of these activities. Colour in the tracker they cover the distance following the instructions on th...
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MedalMad Autumn Sale 2020

Use code SEPT20 at checkout across the whole site. Set up a great Autumn of challenges or get your hands on a new medal hanger, kids activity pack or top.Ends midnight on Wednesday the 9th of September.
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What I've Learnt from 7 Months of Running

Hello everyone, I hope everyone is staying well. I can't quite believe that this is my 6th blog post as a MedalMad Ambassador! This last month seems to have flown by for me since being back at work. What I also can't believe is that I've now hit 7 months of being a "runner"! Before Christmas I would never have even considered running but now here I...
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New goals

Enter text here New goals means new shoes right!? ​​​So after being injured last year a couple times (stress fracture,heel problem and arm) my running wasn't what it used to be. I actually got scared of picking up the pace again..not that it was something I knew instantly,I just realized it after moths. I knew I wasn't running as much and my endura...
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Returning to a "New Normal"

Hello everyone! How are we all? How is everyone starting to adjust to life in a "new normal"? The last couple of weeks have been pretty hectic for me, having spent 3 months off work on furlough leave I was finally called back to work! I was so glad to be able to get out of the house again and get back to the place I love, but along with that came a...
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It is our 4th Birthday

It is our 4th birthday, and what a crazy 4 years. Thank you for all your support this year. It has been amazing and we have big plans for the year ahead. Use code MMBD20 for 20% off your next challenge or challenges 
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Check Out the New Medal Samples

We love a medal delivery as much as you. Deliveries that contain samples are just the best. This weeks delivery was amazing and check out the real medals for many challenges for the first time below. Click on the images to find out more about each challenge.So whether you are a virtual runner, walker, cyclist, swimmer or use the gym you c...
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Tips For New Runners

​Being there have been a lot of new runners join Medalmad recently I thought I'd put a few tips together for anyone who might be completely new to running.REMEMBER IT'S A MARATHONEven if you're not planning to run a marathon, you should take the slow and steady approach to your running activities. When you try to increase your mileage or speed up y...
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The Art Of A Bad Run

Disappointing runs: we all have them at some point!Whether it's a nasty stitch that forces you to pull over, or simply an early onset of shin splints half a kilometre in, admitting temporary defeat in something you actively want to do is hard.A few weeks ago, I set out for my usual 5k. It's a distance I am well practised in, and it was an easy, fla...
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Looking for a New MedalMad Team Member

We are looking for new part time member to join our small MedalMad team. MedalMad is part of the Active Connections Group of brands. MedalMad helps people reach their running and fitness goals via an online platform. So an interest in health, fitness and or running would be useful but not essential. We are a fast growing brand and need help to meet...
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Dealing with a Cancelled or Postponed Race

 Hello everyone! I hope everyone is staying safe and well, and a big welcome to all the new challengers who have joined MedalMad in recent weeks.Has anyone else taken up running in recent weeks/months? Can't help but feel like you've started running at the wrong time? Yep… that's me too… When I started running back in January I never for a sin...
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My First Marathon!

The morning sun peered through the overhead canopy of trees, gently stroking my face with its soft rays. All around me, birds tweeted, darting across my path in an array of vibrant colours. The path through the woods was all but empty, aside a few fellow early morning joggers in the distance.The world felt like mine, and mine alone. It was the esca...
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Virtual Re Runs for 2020 by MedalMad

You may have noticed an increase in the number of sell out challenges over the last couple of weeks, and the occasional slow down of our website as the number of members on MedalMad has surged to 30,000 active members. Due to may requests we have added in a number of challenges again later on in the year for 2020. We have listed below som...
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Taking on Virtual Challenges on a Treadmill

You can take on any challenge on a treadmill or any other piece of gym equipment that shows distance. So you can take on a virtual race or virtual challenge from home or even in the gym. If you wish to use a treadmill it can have a range of benefit over running outside.Whilst you can't totally replicate outside running inside, setting the...
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Life After Couch to 5K... Tackling that 10K Target

Hello everyone! I hope you're all staying safe and well in these strange times. And welcome to all of our new challengers! It has been so great to see so many people earning their medals in this time. Also a massive thank you to the MedalMad staff for continuing to post out the medals for us at this time! Since completing Couch to 5K around a ...
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Red Hot Chillie Stepper

So first things first…How amazing are the MedalMad team and their NHS Medal! As an NHS Key worker, I cannot express enough gratitude for the part the Medal Mad team are playing. I certainly speak for myself (and I'm sure many other key workers) when I say how grateful we all are for all the donations, be it money, time, toiletries no matter ho...
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Samples for July 2020 Virtual Challenges

We are delighted to show the samples for the upcoming virtual challenges in July 2020. They all look amazing and we are really happy with how they all look. Have you signed up to one yet? Reserve you place soon as we are experiencing a huge increase in sign ups and challenges are selling out very quickly. Click on the image to find o...
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Run Rabbit 5km 2020

Once upon a time there was a company called MedalMad who loved to inspire and motivate people to be active. They did this by creating amazing virtual challenges and awesome medals for people to earn…. Like this official Peter Rabbit medal!Sign up now and complete the Run Rabbit 5k virtual challenge by walking, running, cycling, swimming or using gy...
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How It Works Step by Step

​Welcome to MedalMad. We have a range of amazing virtual challenges and races that you can take on each month and over the year. Track your virtual challenges and progress on the website of our free app. You can take on our distance challenges running, walking, swimming, cycling or using gym equipment. Kids can even scoot.&...
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The Power Of Exercise During Lock-Down

Cara Jasmine BradleyHaving previously suffered from an eating disorder, maintaining a healthy relationship with exercise is an imperative ingredient in my ongoing recovery. I have previously blogged about my past struggles with anorexia, whereby I described that any enjoyment found in exercise had been replaced by dread, as I started...
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The Brightest Rainbow 5km Virtual Challenge

'The brightest rainbows come from the darkest of storms', pretty apt right?!We are all looking forward to that extra bright rainbow right now and somewhere over the rainbow you might find this beauty of a medal!​We will be donating £2.50 of each entry fee to the Rainbow Trust. Please click HERE for details about the trust.All of us at MedalMad and ...
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I Smashed My Challenge! New MealKids Virtual Activity Challenge

 Smashed It! Activity Challenge 2020This one is a bit of motivation for all the mini superheroes and superheroines out there! We love nothing more than seeing the younger generation enjoying physical activity, in any form, so we have designed a new MedalKids virtual challenge with a bit of a twist….To earn this awesome medal our mini challenge...
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Keep Going!!!

Hello to all of the Medal Mad Family,I just wanted to reach out to all of you in these uncertain times to tell you, as an Ambassador, that you are all amazing continuing to earn your challenge medals in this difficult climate.It is people like yiu who are the inspirations to the running community because you're still pushing yourselves and I'm amaz...
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Dare To Dream 13.1 miles

'All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them?' said a wise man once, the inspiration behind this medal design.Through all the adversity in our lives, all the trouble and obstacles, you should always continue to pursue your dreams. Have the courage and the strength to move forward, push through the hard times to achieve someth...
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