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Last few days to take up the 2019 OCR Scotland Challenge

Runners looking for a different kind of goal for the year only have until the end of January to sign up for the OCR Scotland Challenge: to complete and log 1000 running miles or kilometres over the course of 2019.

The Challenge, now in its fourth year, is run by OCR Scotland – a group of enthusiasts dedicated to promoting obstacle course races, alternate races and fitness events within Scotland.

Organiser of the Challenge, Paul Wyatt, told runABC Scotland online: "The Challenge started as a personal challenge I wanted to achieve, but I decided to share it with our race community.

"In the first year we only ran the 1000-mile Challenge, but we’ve now started to offer a 1000-km Challenge to make it more accessible."

Once registered for the Challenge runners can track their performance against others as well as the ‘target runner’, essentially a virtual pacemaker.

Runs can be logged through the STRAVA Run Group, the Map My Run Challenge, or by submitting a log to the OCR Scotland Challenge Mailbox.

All running miles/kilometres logged from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2019 – whether on the treadmill, outdoors or at an event (OCR or not) – count.

All event distances will be taken as advertised by the race organiser, although if there is a significant variance, distances will be adjusted accordingly.

Support, encouragement and achieving personal goals – not just logging the most miles – is what the OCR Challenge is all about. As Wyatt says: "There are no winners, just finishers."

Registered runners receive regular updates, with progress tables provided on a monthly basis to start with, and more frequently as the year rolls on. OCR Scotland also runs a Challenge Facebook group for runners to share experiences and help motivate each other.

At the end of the year, everyone who finishes the Challenge receives the OCR Scotland Challenge finisher’s medal. In 2018, that meant a select group of 28: 13 out of the 41 registered completed the 1000 km challenge; 15 out of 27 completed the 1000 miles.

Registration for the 2019 Challenge is open until 31 January on Entry Central.

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