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X Border 10K Social Distance Run Medal

August Cross Border event ready to go

XB20 Social Distance Run under starters orders for August

There has been plenty of interest in the X Border 10K Social Distance Run on 1 and 2 August - set to be one of the first races since March when the UK went into lockdown. This event is  based upon the popular X Border 10K from Carlisle to Gretna and is designed to be Covid-safe. There is an eye-catching XB20 medal for every runner at the finish. 

This event is the result of hard work and tenacity from race director Mike James who has 20 years experience of mass participation events in the UK and overseas. Used to resolving issues as they arise, the coronavirus outbreak was, in Mike’s own words something that he: “never had to deal with.”

But nothing ventured, nothing gained. Mike was determined to give runners something to look forward to and, as the situation changed in regard to the lockdown and restrictions being eased, he created the XB20 Social Distance Run. Runner safety is the main priority. 

This 10K is in between a virtual event and a live race and includes chip timing and an inflatable arch at the start/finish. Runners have the choice of 1 August (Saturday) or 2 August (Sunday) and in keeping with the guidelines about social distancing, will be grouped into waves of 6 people setting off at 10 minute intervals. These groups will contain people with similar estimated finish times in order to minimise overtaking on the course. 

At the finish in Gretna, runners are requested not to hang around but to leave as soon as they have been presented with their medal. 

Organising the X Border 10K Social Distance Run was a challenge but one that Mike and his team were keen to take on. There is always a solution or as Mike succinctly puts it: “Adapt, improvise and overcome.”

Enter now at the Events Up North website.

Image credit: X Border 10K Series

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