Virtual Chew Valley for mind & body
Mental Health Awareness Week (18-24 May 2020) is being marked by competitors in the Virtual Chew Valley 10K, after the much-loved West Country community race was cancelled due to the coronavirus restrictions.
Organisers have worked hard to pull together a meaningful event, with Chew Valley goodies in exchange for a verified completion of 10K running or walking anywhere before the end of June 2020. Finishers can look forward to receiving the bespoke 60mm Chew Valley 10K medal; a 500ml CV10K drink bottle and much approbation from the race team and fellow runners.
“With the benefits of being active well-documented and Mental Health Awareness Week this week, we hope people will enjoy this virtual event and most importantly, reap the positive benefits of being active”, commented Denise Mellersh, race director at Chew Valley 10K. “We would like to thank everyone sincerely – including our main sponsor Debbie Fortune – for your continued support and commitment in these unprecedented times.”
Last year saw a record 863 finishers in the seventh Chew Valley 10K and wins for David Eagon (Bristol and West AC, 33:53) – the first winner from host village, Bishop Sutton – and Victoria Ratcliffe (W40 Somer AC, 40:04) who was an impressive 12th overall.
This year's virtual runners will be spared the famous halfway hill and hairy descent that follows – unless they choose to replicate those aspects in their virtual challenge, of course. The virtual 10K also include a junior run for a reduced fee, with the unique 'All in this Together' medal on offer. There is no minimum age for younger runners, who may take a few days to clock up their 10Ks.
Existing Chew Valley 10K entrants are automatically transferred to the virtual run and the organising committee point out that all proceeds will help cover costs, ensuring the event can run again next year in support of its main charities: NICU Support, Bishop Sutton Primary School Society, Chew Valley School Society and The Lymphoma Research Trust.
Further entries are welcome at any time before 30 June at the reduced fees of £10 (£7 junior under-18). Those that wish to may download the Race Nation App for free and join the Chew Valley 10K on running app Strava to share their completed run.
Full details at Chew Valley 10K website here
Image courtesy Chew Valley 10K on Facebook