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SA ‘Virtual relays’ an Easter treat for runners missing inter-club competition

Runners missing the thrill and pride of competing for their clubs will be able to do so virtually over the Easter Weekend.

The first of scottishathletics’ new solo challenges, the Tru Wealth Virtual Relays, will be open to U20, Senior and Masters athletes.

Runners can choose their own routes, but all runs MUST be completed solo and be done from their own homes. Athletes are also asked to observe a 2m distance at all times when passing and to avoid popular walking routes and busy parks.

All government guidelines in regards to social distancing must be strictly adhered to during this virtual challenge, and any changes to these guidelines will be implemented immediately.

Qualifying runs for the relays – either 5km or 10km in length (with a reasonable GPS margin of error) – must be completed between midnight this Friday 10 April and 11.59pm on Monday 13 April.

Runners should record their runs on Strava or a Garmin device – using the name ‘SA Virtual Road Relay Challenge’ – and submit them to scottishathletics for inclusion on their leaderboard.

Only one attempt per person at either distance is allowed. Routes with significant negative elevation will not be counted. All results must be submitted by NOON on Tuesday 14 April.

Senior team times will be calculated by combining three valid 5km runs and three valid 10km runs by registered club members for each of the categories: male, female and non-binary. Masters (50+) will be calculated by combining two valid 5km runs and two valid 10km runs by registered club members for each of the categories: male, female and non-binary.

Registration for the Tru Wealth Virtual Relays can be done now through scottishathletics’ usual online club entry portal.

Entering the relays is free to members of affiliated clubs, but athletes will have to have an up-to-date scottishathletics membership on certain dates. Club runners wishing to take part should let their clubs know.

Clubs can enter as many runners as they wish, with the fastest times to count.

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