Free Virtual 'Races' - A platform to keep you running.
Lots of you have contacted us to say how much you are struggling with what is going on in the world right now. We know it is affecting you all in many ways. Whilst we know that for some of you running may be the last thing on your mind, we have received many messages from people wondering how they will cope and saying just how critical it is for their mental health and sanity.
We have welcomed many runners at our events over the years, without you all we would not be where we are today, and for that we are truly grateful. We felt that this was the time to offer something out to you all for FREE as a "Thank You" for all of your support and commitment over the years. We also wanted to give you something to focus on and get you through this difficult time.
We have been working with Results Base who manage the online entries and timing at all of our races. There is a solid commitment that we will jointly invest our time and effort at absolutely no cost to you.
We have created several distances that you can enter for FREE just like a proper race. You can enter as many of the distances as you want, they are all FREE and, because this is a virtual event, there are no age limits either,.
The distances will be:
The races will start now and run until 11.30pm on the 31st August (extended dates).
How it works
Once you have entered the races you will be able to start uploading your distance finish times. The GREAT thing is you can UPDATE your finish times as many times as you like, this is great if you went out again and ran a lot quicker, or are trying to beat someone!
Your FINAL time MUST be entered before 11.30pm on Saturday 31st August to be in the final results.
It also allows for a photo or screen capture of your Garmin/GPS or a link to your exercise record on Strava / Garmin Connect / etc to be uploaded for authenticity/verification... You can even upload a photo of yourself too! If you're running on a treadmill screenshot your run if you can.
You will be able to view other Participants, a Leaderboard and see the full categorised Results at any time - just as though this were a normal event. You can even print off your Certificate!
No medals, tee shirts or goody bags... just a free platform to keep you motivated to run. Your clubs and groups can also use this to challenge each other.
Once a week we will promote the leaderboards and hand out a few spot prizes....it won't necessarily be for the fastest runners!
We stress that social distancing instructions from the Government MUST be followed. If this advice or policy changes we will, of course, modify or cease this initiative to comply with the current best practice.