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Your country needs you … and your lockdown miles!

Thought you’d never be asked to run for your country? Think again.

You, and every runner in the UK, are needed to secure victory for the UK in the 2020 Challenger Series: an international virtual running challenge pitting us against the Commonwealth nations of South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

The Challenge is free to enter. All participants need to do after signing up is grab their running shoes and get their health trackers ready.

When complete, runs or walks should be uploaded to the Challenger Series website. Every step logged – keeping within the country’s social distancing and exercise guidelines, of course – will count toward the UK’s grand total.

Participants have from tomorrow (Friday, 24 April) until Saturday, 1 May to upload as many sessions as possible. Registration will remain open until 30 April, and participants must log at least 10k to qualify.

At the end of the Challenge, the totals from South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom will each be calculated and balanced according to population, revealing which of the four countries is the 2020 International Challenger Series Champion.

After the event, participants will have the option to purchase victory merchandise – including T-shirts and medals tailored according to which country won – to be shipped to them 'post isolation'”.

Event organisers Nice Work, who are handling the UK side of the Challenge, said: “No matter where we are in the world, we all face difficult times under this lock down. We all share the same common goal and we all want to come out of this stronger and with our minds intact. A healthy mind needs a healthy body and we know that competition pushes us to be better.

“So, why not take on the Challenge and keep active ... your country needs you!”

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