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'1 MILE a day'


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strengthening your

bond, health, fitness and mental wellbeing in exchange for some bling!

Virtual challenges are a fun way of Encouraging both you and your dog to achieve an exercise 

and lifestyle goal together.



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Oakwood Dog Rescue has teamed up with Paw Runner to bring you our '1 MILE A DAY' Challenge throughout September, to encourage you and your dogs to get active, have fun together and strengthen your bond, whilst helping to raise money for our wonderful Dog Rescue. 

With mental and physical health conditions in both dogs and humans on the rise, and research conducted by PDSA that shows that in the UK 

1.3 million dogs aren't getting walked on a daily basis, which has a negative effective on their mental wellbeing and physical health conditions, we want to help make a difference.

Increasing your daily and weekly exercise habits, whether it be walking or running can make a real positive difference to both you and your dogs life both physically and mentally as it actively promotes: 

  • Fun  

  • Stimulation 

  • Weight management  

  • Positive mental health 

  • Stress reduction 

  • Bonding 

  • Longer life 

Whether you are a FITNESS SUPER STAR or a total BEGINNER, you can complete this challenge in your own time, at your own pace, on your own, or with friends, at any place.

The challenge runs throughout September 2020 and can be done as a walk or run (or both!) over the month.

When you smash your goal in the given time frame you will receive a bespoke Oakwood finishers medal and a Paw Runner doggy bandana.

Our medal is bespoke to this challenge and made out of wood from sustainable sources by an independent UK company.​

25% of your purchase is donated straight to Oakwood Dog Rescue, but you can also choose to donate an additional amount via our 'donation' button.

Not only are you helping yourself and your dog improve your fitness, lifestyle and happiness, but you are helping others in need aswell.  

Join our movement to get active, have fun and help raise money for Oakwood Dog Rescue, one paw at a time.


Challenge Information

Distance: 1 Mile A day/ 31 Miles over the month
Entry type: Multiple runs, walks or a combination of the two over the month



Start date: 1st September 2020
End date: 30th September 2020
Evidence submission opens: 30th September 2020
Evidence submission deadline: 15th October 2020
Finishers medals and doggy reward despatched: 20th October 2020

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step 1.

enter THE 


Enter the '1 mile-a-day' virtual challenge to complete in your own time, at your own pace, anytime, any place.  

Click here to find out how much daily exercise the Kennel Club recommends your breed of dog to have, so you can choose the right challenge knowing that your pooch can physically and safely reach the same goal.


step 2. Download a tracking app

Join our official Strava Paw Runner Club  community and download the app on your phone so you can track every exercise you do. It keeps everything in one place and is a great way to meet other people (and dogs) in our pack, offering encouragement and motivational tips.

You can also use fitness trackers such as Fitbit, garmin or Apple Watch as well as other fitness apps to include 'Map My Run' and 'Fitness Pal' 

Don't worry if you don't have a phone or fitness tracker, simply keep a diary of each walk and run you do over the month.

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step 3. 

Take your challenge

This challenge runs from the 1st of September 2020  - 31 September 2020. Once you’ve entered, you’ll have the whole month to work towards your distance goal in however many runs or walks you like, in your own time, pace and what fits around your lifestyle. If you smash your challenge within the given timeframe, you will receive a unique finishers medal and your faithful doggy companion will receive a doggy bandana as a reward for all your hard work, dedication and determination together.

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step 4. 


your evidence

At the end of the month you will have 14 days to submit your evidence to us as proof of your amazing achievement.


If you are part of our Strava Paw Runner Club, all you have to do us email us the link to your page and we will then verify your activity. If you are using a fitness tracker just send us a screenshot of your monthly report.

For those of you with a tracking diary, just email us your excel spreadsheet of your activity over the month.

step 5. 

receive your medal

Woo Hoo you've done it!!!!!! What an amazing achievement for you and your paws. Once we have verified your evidence, we will send out your unique medal in the post with your distance on it, and your dogs bandana. 

You've totally got this!!!

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