Still time for a climb at the Virtual Meerbrook 15K
Places available in this virtual version of the iconic race
From Friday 20 November to Tuesday 24 November the hills will be alive to the sound of feet as runners take part in the Virtual Meerbrook 15K. They can run the 15K in one go or break it down into shorter runs/walks to reach the distance and prizes are an added incentive.
Part of the NSRRA (North Staffordshire Road Runners Association) programme of races, the Meerbrook 15K has achieved legendary status, notably for the grind up Gunn Hill. Set in the stunning Staffordshire Moorlands it is a good test for any runner especially anyone who likes their climbs and the views from the top are worth the pain.
The coronavirus pandemic caused organiser Mick Hall to move the race to November with the hope that it would go ahead; however, the ongoing uncertainty led him to make the decision to host it as a virtual event. This is good news for any runner missing their hill fix. Many have already signed up in support of the event and Mick Hall who is a popular figure in the running community.
If you are aiming to use this run for the NSRRA programme of virtual league races then ensure your route includes at least 500ft of elevation. There is no such requirement for the multiple runs. There is the option to run this on the actual Meerbrook 15K course but remember to follow social distancing guidelines.
Specialist retailer Running Bear has donated a voucher worth £49 for unisex leggings and a £30 voucher as spot prizes and there are NSRRA group prizes. Every finisher will receive a distinctive technical T-shirt that along with the names of sponsors includes a 'thank you' to the NHS and key workers.
Mick thanked the sponsors, Ken Rushton and wife Sue and his running friends for their support and wishes everyone '"A great run”. He also says: "Hopefully, I’ll you see all next year at the live race.”
Don’t miss out on the fun. Enter the Virtual Meerbrook 15K
Image courtesy of Mick Hall Photos