Run with the Ancestors

Take a step back in time and learn more about the fascinating history of Britain in 5 or 10k

We are delighted to announce a brand-new virtual race for 2019: Run with the Ancestors

Produced by Six to Start, the team behind Zombies, Run! (the world’s most popular smartphone fitness game), and supported by EurotunnelRun with the Ancestors is an immersive running app, with one million years of British history scaled down to a 10k or 5k virtual race.

The website and app are now open for sign ups to the virtual race and will remain open until the end of British Science Week 2019.  It’s completely free but will only be opened for a limited time, so don’t miss out!

Run with the Ancestors tells the story of Britain’s ancient history. Starting with a barren landscape in the absence of humans, to the behaviour and customs of prehistoric humans, this immersive app allows you to explore it all while you run.

The narration features Professor Chris Stringer, Research Leader in Human Origins and Dr Silvia Bello, Human Evolution Researcher at the Natural History Museum in London. Their expertise help explain the phenomena encountered during the run. From tools used by our first ancestors to evidence of domesticated dogs, you’ll gain an accurate insight to early humans in Britain.

From the blustery climates of yesteryear dominated by Woolly Mammoths and sabre-toothed cats to the arrival of our first ancestors and their unique traditions, take a step back time and run through Britain’s remarkable history.

Group of male and female runners in black and white

As you triumph over each kilometre, you’ll unlock more commentary adding to the landscape being formed in your mind. But you can also listen to your music in between narration – the app will manage all that for you.

To get started, simply download the app, register and choose whether you’re going to run 5k or 10k. Then plug in your headphones and run.

The 5k is ideal for less seasoned runners, but it could also be incorporated into a PE lesson for British Science Week or form part of a weekend community activity.

The 10k is for more seasoned runners and can also be incorporated into a British Science Week activity. Why not mobilise your running group and do a weekend race with a difference?

Based in London?

Eurotunnel’s support for Run with the Ancestors has also enabled the British Science Association to hold a live 10k and 5k race event which will take place during British Science Week on Saturday March 16 at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London. Sign up for it here.