The 2021 Countdown to Christmas Challenge…has landed!!!


My name is Julie Creffield…and I am a recovering marathon runner, it has been 67 days since my last run

I only wish I was joking

A combination of Covid, huge fatigue, and general busyness means I have neglected my running, and as the colder darker nights draw in…my fear is that I won’t run again until Spring 2022

Dramatic yes I know.

However, I have this rule in the winter (and yes it’s winter here in the UK now folks) that if the sun shines, I will get out the door…even if I don’t really want to.

We need that vitamin D at this time of the year right?

But October, November and December are such terrible months for distractions, and I just haven’t made myself get out the door…but guess what? The sun is shining today, so maybe today is the day.

The difficultly of getting out this time of year is what made me 6 years ago decide to trial a Xmas Challenge…a simple Facebook group where every day throughout December we would keep each other accountable, and not let the festive period get the best of us.

It was great…and a bit bonkers.

Every year, it’s got even more so…and I’m just going with the flow giving my ladies what they want ha ha…so what is the 2021 Xmas challenge going to entail this year.

  • A mileage challenge for sure (run, walk, swim or cycle)
  • An accumulative squat challenge
  • A family “plank off” challenge for Boxing Day
  • More than £1000 worth of prizes (still to be confirmed)
  • Daily Dance Offs
  • Xmas Lip Sync
  • Leftovers soup challenge
  • Cash prize and donation to Shelter at Xmas
  • Naughty Elves to keep you motivated
  • And of course lots of Xmas Jumpers

You do as much as you like, you post as much as you like…there are no hard and fast rules…you don’t have to be fit or enjoy fitness (in fact it’s funnier if you don’t)

But it is great for making new friends, escaping your annoying family, and keeping on top of your mental health.

You can be based ANYWHERE in the world as long as you have a Facebook account, and we don’t care what size your bum is…it’s open to women of all shapes and sizes and fitness levels.

So who wants in?

Register Here and Join almost 100 women from our community

Be there or be square…and be sure to invite your besties that you don’t always get to see…the more the merrier hey?

The challenge officially starts on the 1st of December, but the group will open a few days earlier this year so you can settle yourself in.

We have some great sponsors involved including Sarah Heron Style & Color Consultant for plus size women, who is donating vouchers for her style services AND some packs of her beautiful body positivity affirmation cards.

Other sponsors and prizes to be announced soon.

I can’t tell you how excited I am…maybe I might even go for a run to burn off some of that excitement?

I have in fact just signed up for a Santa run on the 4th December…and I might make an appearance at parkrun this weekend, so watch this space.

Hi there, my name is Julie Creffield and I am a plus-size athlete, transformational coach and the founder of the too Fat to Run movement.

The blog is now 11 years old and more than 10,000 women have taken part in my online programmes over the past 7 years, which helps fund the advocacy work I do around ensuring runners of all shapes and sizes are represented and included in the mainstream running world.

I have BIG plans for 2022 as we recover from the impact (particularly on women) of COVID…so come and get involved.

These programmes have also helped me to do this work full time and not have to go and get a “proper job” as my mum keeps suggesting I should ha ha.

I want to say a massive thank you to all of the women who have supported my work over the last decade plus…it has been an absolute honour to grow this movement.

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