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South Africans clinch virtual International Run Challenge

The kilometres have been run, checked and computed and the champions of the International Virtual Run Challenge are...South Africa!

Of all the innovative virtual events we have seen thus far, this has to be the simplest concept to date. The free to enter challenge asked runners from the UK and the Commonwealth nations of South Africa, Australia and New Zealand to upload their training mileage between Friday, 24 April and Saturday, 1 May.

Once the totals were available, and examined for eligibility, the logarithms got to work and the result was announced. But before we get to that, did you know that "logarithm" is a word made up by Scottish mathematician John Napier (1550-1617) from the Greek words logos, meaning "proportion, ratio or word" and arithmos, meaning "number", which together makes: "ratio-number'!

Anyway, now that we have all gained a little more lockdown knowledge the results were based on the greatest distance tracked, balanced by the level of participation from each nation, and the winners got the chance to claim the tailored men's and women's victory medals.

After 41,659km were recorded in seven days, South Africa's average daily distance per athlete was 13.2km; UK managed 10.1km; New Zealand averaged 9.1km and Australians need to get out more, with a result of 1.4km!

The Challenger Series event website carried these inspiring words: “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."

Every competitor can purchase commemorative event medals, T-shirts and funky socks to remember the time they did the hard yards in their back yards, or close to home. To make purchases and view the results visit the Challenger Series website here.

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