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Relays return for next SA Virtual Challenge

scottishathletics have announced details of their latest virtual challenge.

scottishathletics next virtual challenge is in the offing with the 4J Studios Virtual Challenge Relay 2 set to run from midnight Friday, 10 July through to 11.59pm on Monday 13 July, with options for all age groups.

  • U20/Senior/Masters (40+): 6-Stage Relay – 3 long (10km) and 3 medium (5km) legs  
  • Masters (50+): 4-Stage Relay – 2 long (10km) and 2 medium (5km) legs 
  • U17/U15/U13: 4-Stage Relay – 2 medium (5km – for U17/U15 only) and 2 short (3km) legs – 
  • U13: 4-Stage Relay – 4 short (3km) legs 

Rankings will be based on the above categories, with the fastest athletes from the same club contributing to that club’s ‘A’ team. The next best results will make up the club’s ‘B’ team, and so on to include all athletes competing. Clubs may enter as many athletes as they wish.

Online entries to the sixth of scottishathletics’ virtual challenges close at midnight next Thursday (9 July.) Results must be submitted online by 12 noon on Tuesday, 14 July.

The rules for the challenge will be familiar by now:

  • Runs must start and finish at the same point
  • Laps must be at least 1k
  • Routes must not have a net loss of elevation 
  • Point to point runs are not allowed

Registration should be made through the scottishathletics online club or individual portal. Entry is free to scottishathletics affiliated members, with the option of donating £2 to offset the cost of administration.   

More than 500 runners took part in scottishathletics’ last lockdown challenge, the 4J Studios Virtual Hill Running Challenge, climbing a total of 133,042m.

SA’s fifth virtual challenge attracted some of the biggest names in Scottish hill running, with Andy Douglas (Inverclyde AC) coming in first overall. He logged 621m of ascent during the 30 minutes of his challenge. Joint second place went to Joe Symonds  (Shettleston Harriers) and Robbie Simpson (Deeside Runners), both with 590m.

Jill Stephen (Hunters Bog Trotters) was queen of the mountain, with her 550m also earning her 10th place overall. Catriona Buchanan (Central AC, 510m) was second and Lauren Dickson (Lasswade AC, 500m) third.

Shettleston Harriers were clear winners in the men’s team competition. They claimed both first and second place, leaving Deeside Runners to settle for third. 

In the women’s event, Highland Hill Runners A took first, Shettleston A second and Central AC’s A  third.

Image courtesy: Bobby Gavin/scottishathletics

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