Get Active - Run, Jog, Walk, Swim, Cycle!

Are you a potential Olympic gold medallist or someone who likes to keep trim?   Whatever your goal you can have fun whilst raising funds for us.  Why not seek out an event near you and take the opportunity to raise some sponsorship for us.  There are lots of activities you can do while helping the Virtual Doctors. Look out for information on the internet about events, such as here and here and even here.

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Find an event that appeals to you.  Tell the organiser you want to raise funds for the Virtual Doctors and then let us know and we will be pleased to offer our advice and support.

Here is a sponsor form to download and use or you can set up a JustGiving page or Virgin Money Giving page nominating Virtual Doctors as your charity of choice; please advise us when you have done this so we can support you with promoting your page. 



Need something more challenging?

A trek, an adventure or an endurance event? How about Charity Challenge or Action Challenge.  There is a great selection or either company will be prepared to discuss organising something bespoke if you have something in mind. These are just suggestions.  You can sign up for any local sporting event in your area, let us know and become part of our team. We'll support you every step of the way.

Here is how some people are helping us this year….


Royal Parks Half Marathon – 14 October 2018

We have a 16 strong team taking part in the Royal Parks Half Marathon which takes place in the capital’s world-famous landmarks and four of London’s eight Royal Parks, Hyde Park, Green Park, St James's Park and Kensington Gardens over a superbly organised 13.1 mile route on 14 October 2018.  This is the first year we are involved and we are delighted with the response.

Members of the team are:

Ian Barrigan, Trish Barrigan, Sarah Burke,  Simon and Louise Gazeley, Timothy Ellis, Mark Lidster, Richard Newell, James Noble, Wilmi Pienaar, Nitish Singh, Laure Woehrling and the Landmark team - Ian Clarke, Emily Clarke, Zoe O’Neil, Tom Knight,

Ready to run? Did you know that Running cadence is often defined as the total number of steps you take per minute. ... Running cadence can also be defined as the number of steps one foot takes per minute.  Check out team member Mark Lidster’s latest blog on the subject giving a personal insight, tips and hints for peak performance – Cadence is Key!

Annecy Challenge


Mollie Donohoe & Phil Courtney are cycling the Annecy Challenge on 4 – 7 October 2018.  Mollie, who is an active medical volunteer for the Virtual Doctors says “we will be cycling in relay a 510 mile route starting from Rouen to Montargis, Macon, finishing in Annecy.  This will involve climbing several Cols en route (10,882 m in total).  It should be fun but we will be knackered!”.  The Virtual Doctors will receive 50% of the sponsorship raised with 50% going to the organisers Challenge Adventure Charity’s nominated charity.

Ways some of you have helped already:


Our volunteer Medical Director, Dr Fran Fieldhouse ran a total of 67 mile over two weekends in April and May 2018, raising over £3,000 - more than the triple of her original target!

Read about it here and here.

See more on her JustGiving page.

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Fundraiser Ros Bird, Executive Director Huw Jones and supporter Heather Connolly spent the day by the seaside running the Worthing 10k in 2017 raising over £500 for the Virtual Doctors. 

Read about it here.

See more on their JustGiving page.










As a busy mum of a toddler, our VDrs Executive Business Assistant Lina wasn’t getting much opportunity for running but still fancied a challenge. She thought “well there’s always power-walking”, so with another mum-friend she decided to enter the 2017 London2Brighton Challenge, opting for the quarter distance (31.5km), which turned out to be just about manageable without actual training beyond ‘push-chair mileage’.  Lina said “it was a fabulous walk with a good friend for a great cause – we managed to finish conversations for a change and I got away with only one blister! My family and friends were brilliant and I can’t thank them enough for their support.

The fundraising challenge was also met with enthusiasm as Lina doubled her target raising more than £500!  “I’d love to do it again”!! 

Why don’t you put your best foot forward.  YOU too could come up with a walking challenge with some friends - find an organised event or just arrange one yourselves and then get in touch to find out how you can spend quality time with friends while raising badly needed sponsorship for the Virtual Doctors.

Find out more on Lina's JustGiving page.


Ros ran the Great South Run in 1.38.30.   She set herself the modest target of £200, a symbolic amount for us at the Virtual Doctors: it is the sum required to equip one remotely based clinical officer in a rural health clinic in Zambia with what he or she needs to access the Virtual Doctors telemedicine service for a whole year. Thanks to the generosity of colleagues, friends and family and with gift aid, she has exceeded that but it’s not too late to help – how many more clinical officers can we equip for a year with your help, dear readers?  Go to Ros’s JustGiving page to find out more!

The Virtual Doctors does not organise any sporting or challenge events directly.  All events promoted above are organised by third party.  The Virtual Doctors is unable to accept any liability for any loss, damage or injury outside of our control.  Participants entering events do so at their own risk and are advised to seek medical advice before taking part in excessive endurance activity.