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Rescue Run

Run a virtual marathon for pets in need

Rescue Run 2021 entries are now closed. Please check back early 2022 for information on our 2022 challenge.


Entry fee: £12.00

Distance: 26.2 miles

Run a mile a day, or set yourself a bigger challenge and complete it within a day or a week! Run solo, with a friend or with your dog. Get out and about in your local area, jump on the treadmill or cross-trainer. You can even put the miles in doing laps of your garden. The choice is yours. 

This is a virtual event you can do locally, keeping yourself safe and following social distancing guidelines.

Not only will you feel amazing when you’ve completed the challenge, you’ll feel even better knowing you’re helping to give more pets the chance of a healthy life in a happy home.

On average last year it cost Blue Cross £909 to care for and rehome a dog, and £567 for a cat. Your support is vital in helping Blue Cross keep its doors open to sick, injured and homeless pets.

Your medal is ready and waiting. So what are you waiting for?


Rescue Run is a virtual challenge brought to you by Blue Cross. The challenge is to run 26.2 miles over the month of May. You can either do the challenge in one go or break the distance down into multiple sessions.

A virtual event is an event that can be completed from a location of your choice, at your own pace and at any time of day you choose. You track your progress using either a fitness app like Strava, your phones health app or treadmill/cross-trainer screen or even a good old map! You will log these distances to your fundraising page and once the distance is completed, and you’ve logged all your miles, you’ll receive a glittering medal for all your brilliant efforts.

The challenge runs from 1 May to 31 May – you can complete your 26.2 miles at any point during this time.

Sign up here to take part. It costs £12 per entry. Any additional fundraising is up to you but very much appreciated.

The event runs between 1 May 2021 and 31 May 2021. You can only log your miles within these dates. However, if you’d like to start early you can start your challenge and fundraising from the day you sign up – just remember to log your miles once the event officially starts. You cannot log miles past the event closing date.

This event has an entry fee of £12 per person.

Your registration fee goes towards the vital work we do supporting sick, injured and homeless pets. This includes our rehoming, veterinary, education, behaviour and pet bereavement support services. Find out more about our services.

A portion of your entry fee also covers the cost of the glittering medal we’ll send to you once you’ve completed your Rescue Run 26.2miles.

Officially 30 May 2021 is the closing date for registrations however it is likely that it may be earlier.

We have a limited number of medals up for grabs so registration will stay open until we sell out. We would advise signing up as early as possible to guarantee your entry and give you as much time as possible in May to complete the challenge.

Yes, as long as you are able to maintain social distancing and follow the government guidelines applicable at the time of the event. You can purchase multiple entries when registering. During the registration process there is an option to ‘create’ a team and send invites to your friends and family to sign up too. Or, if you want to join an existing team you can use the ‘find’ button during the registration process – please note you will need to know the teams name or team captains name to find a team.

Yes, children are very welcome! However, children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. We’d recommend breaking down the challenge into multiple sessions and that you plan safe routes and adhere to the highway and countryside codes and current government Coronavirus guidelines.

Yes! Please plan your challenge around dog friendly routes and adhere to highway and countryside codes. We’d recommend checking with your vet that your dog is fit to take on the challenge. May can have hot weather so be mindful and plan your runs at cooler times of day and keep both yourself and your dog hydrated. For more info please see our advice for running with your dog.

No, fundraising is optional. However, we are very grateful to our wonderful supporters that take that one step further and raise vital funds for Blue Cross through sponsorship. Getting sponsored for your challenge really makes a difference and will help us support even more sick, injured ad homeless pets.

A fundraising page is set up for you during the registration process. Even if you don’t plan to fundraise, you will need this page to log your runs to earn your glittering Rescue Run medal.

Yes. Donations are very welcome if you are unable to fundraise. You can do this by self- donating to your fundraising page.

You can take on your challenge outdoors, indoors or both. Whatever suits you best! For example, you could go to the gym (pending government Coronavirus guidelines) and step it out on the treadmill, walk up and down your hallway, do laps of the garden or explore your local area. The choice is yours! Please dress appropriately for the weather.

No. This is your marathon, your way. You can choose to do it all in one go, break the distance down over multiple sessions or do a mile a day for 26 days. Plan around your free time and plan safe routes adhering to the highway and countryside codes and current government guidelines.

Yes, once your challenge is complete and you have logged all your miles, we will send you your finishers medal and certificate.

All miles must be recorded on your fundraising page to be eligible for your medal. Once you’ve signed up you should automatically receive an email with your page link and information on how to connect your Strava fitness app account or enter your miles in manually.

Please note – miles can only be logged between 1 May 2021 and 31 May 2021.

If you have deleted your email with the link to your page – you can log into your account to view your page. When logged in, you can go to ‘my dashboard’ and resend past emails to yourself if you need them. You will find them under the ‘emails’ tab.

Visit the Rescue Run account sign in page.

Once you have loaded all your miles to your fundraising page, Blue Cross will be notified you have completed your challenge and a medal and certificate will be on its way to you. Medals are sent via Royal Mail second class. We aim to send within 10 working days of your challenge completion.

Visit the Rescue Run account sign in page. If you have registered for the event, you can log into your account here to view your page and dashboard. When logged in, you can go to ‘my dashboard’ and resend past emails to yourself if you need them. You will find them under the ‘emails’ tab.

We’re so sorry you have not received our email, they should be automatic. Please before anything else, check your junk mail if you haven’t already as our emails can end up there. 

If you haven’t received an email visit the Rescue Run account sign in page. You can log into your account here to view your page and dashboard. When logged in, you can go to ‘my dashboard’ and resend past emails to yourself. You will find them under the ‘emails’ tab.

If you are still experiencing problems, please email our Supporter Care team with details of the problem you are experiencing so we can investigate the issue and update you.

We do apologise you are having problems uploading your evidence for the Rescue Run challenge.

Please be aware that the upload function on your fundraising page is only active from 1 May 2021 – 31 May 2021. You will not be able to add miles outside these times.

If the upload function is not working during these times, please contact us as we may need to investigate the issue.

You can contact us by email or call our Supporter Care team on 0300 790 9903, 9am-5pm Monday to Friday.