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But what about runners who want to get involved with the Plod but aren’t yet up to the challenge of a Half Marathon, I hear you cry…?


So, we propose to you THE VIRTUAL PLOD. An online-managed running event, that entrants can do totally in their own time and in their own chosen method.


We are proposing that we run a Virtual Plod this year in the two months before the full race. Entrants can apply online to register and this challenge will be open to children aged 17 and under (£6 entry) and adults (£10 entry).


Entrants must commit to running/walking/doing gym treadmill mileage of a half marathon distance (13.1 miles), but in as many chunks as they like over the two months preceding the main Puddletown Plod event.


For example, hardcore runners may choose to run a half marathon distance in one go. Other runners could run, say, 4 lots (over different days) of three and a bit miles anywhere they like to make the half marathon total distance. Beginners can even do 26 half mile walks to get there.... It’s a challenge, not a race competition, so you are just challenging yourself to complete the distance. It’s not timed; finishers will appear in a “hall of fame listing” and will get a completion certificate and a proper, limited edition, bespoke Puddletown Plod 2019 finisher’s medal.


The only rule is that the mileage you do to create your own half marathon must be activity (walking, running or treadmill work) that you don’t normally do in your everyday life. So, if you normally walk to school or work you can’t count that, but if you add an extra bit on each day to your walk, you can count that bit.




The Virtual Plod is open to children and adults alike, regardless of ability or geographical location.   Find us on Facebook at “The Virtual Plod Half Marathon Challenge 2019”


How to enter…


Online entry

Enter Online  (handled via Egdon Heath Harriers)

Children and young adults (17 and under):      £6.00

Adults (18 and over):  £10.00


Postal entry

Children and young adults (17 and under):      £4.00

Adults (18 and over):  £8.00

plus £2 for first entry and additional 50p per subsequent entry if you wish to have your finisher’s medal and certificate posted.


Online pricing assumes we will be posting your finisher’s medal and certificate (Royal Mail first class in a sturdy A4 envelope), if you are collecting from the school office (St Mary’s School Offices, Coombe Road, Puddletown, DT2 8SA) between Monday 4th June and Friday 15th June, then you may request a £2 refund at the time of collection.  For overseas competitors please contact us in advance, as we may need to charge more to cover postage.


Download and complete the Postal entry form


Please send your completed entry form

with cheque payable to ‘St. Mary’s School Association’ to:

Puddletown Virtual Plod Road Race Secretary

1 Hillside



Dorset DT2 7HQ


Closing date for postal and online entries is Saturday 2nd June or when race limit of 150 is met.


Current entry list (via Egdon Heath Harriers's website).


A validation email will be sent out at the end of May, asking entrants to simply confirm “I confirm I have completed the Virtual Plod Half Marathon Challenge” and then medals and certificates will be issued at the beginning of June.


All entrants will receive 10% discount in Running Free Poundbury and Poole stores and will receive a high quality, bespoke medal upon completion of the challenge.



Good luck!