Weekly 30-minute Challenge for RunTogether groups
How far will you run in 30-minutes virtual challenge?
There seem to be no limits to the innovation and vision of organisers behind the constant stream of virtual challenges that come to our notice at runABC website. However, for longevity and reach, one event stands head and shoulders above all others. Starting this weekend (20-21 June) England Athletics' beginner and social running groups, known as RunTogether, with more than 2,000 groups and over 80,000 active runners, will embark on the Weekly30 Run Challenge.
So another virtual event kicks off in these far from normal circumstances. England Athletics and RunTogether recognised just how much we have all missed our regular runs and the camaraderie and fun to be had while sharing those moments with running group colleagues.
This is where the Weekly30 Run Challenge differs. The idea is for individuals or small groups of runners (no more than six at present, respecting social distancing) run as far as possible in 30-minutes, once during the weekend. Every step counts towards your group's total distance. Runners simply need to register free via the dedicated Weekly30 Run Challenge section on the OpenTrack virtual running platform – sign up once and you can then 'compete' every weekend for the rest of the year!
This six-month challenge will keep you motivated and competitive while group running and mass participation events are restricted or off-limits. And you will not only be representing your running group or club – you will be representing running against other sports!
This is where Weekly30 Run Challenge really does stand out from the crowd. You will be in competition with top athletes from diverse sports such as Archery GB; British Wrestling; Badminton England; British Rowing; England Netball; Rugby Football Union and League – with more sports joining.
So your running group, club and sport needs you to stand up, run and be counted in the Weekly30 Run Challenge. Every run is added to scoring tables, with total and average distances contributing towards the overall league table, with results of group versus group and pitching sport against sport.
Full details at RunTogether here
Sign up at OpenTrack here
Image courtesy England Athletics/RunTogether