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Week 9/10 Challenges

League changes

Firstly, a bit of league news for everyone … this is going to be the last 2 weeks of the virtual league in it’s current format. It has been a lot of fun setting different challenges for everyone to complete however we are looking to change how we run things going forwards. Don’t despair, we will still be setting training goals but in a slightly different way from now one. We are aiming to have a regular schedule rather than the ad-hoc challenges that have been run so far. To spice things up we are looking at how we will compete in more virtual races, relays and possibly even a grand prix like competition. Watch this space!

Week 7/8 results

If you haven’t already done so, please submit your results using this results form. Please e-mail your Strava art to website [ at ] 26point2.co [ dot ] uk.

Week 9/10 challenges – Tuesday 19th May – Monday 1st June

Challenge 1: 5k time trial

As we are changing league format, we want to revisit the first challenge we set and do another 5k. We will be looking at how everyone has responded to training in lockdown by comparing your age graded results with your results from launch week / week 1. Points will be awarded for 5k finish time within divisions and age graded improvement on your previous best. [GP scoring with base of 10 points each for finish time/improvement]

Challenge 2: Maximum elevation in a single run

It is time to get out for a big hill session. Whether doing a lot of hill reps or just finding one big hill to run up, we are awarding points for the most elevation from a single training session. Please submit the total elevation from a single recorded activity. There are no time/distance limits. [GP scoring with base of 10 points]

Challenge 3: Pub cricket

In pub cricket, you score “runs” by visiting pubs and counting the number of legs in the name of the pub. You have 45 minutes to run to as many pubs as possible. The rules are:

  • You have 45 minutes to visit as many pubs as possible. Please record this as a single 45 minute activity.
  • As we did with StreetO post boxes, it would be good if each pub can be recorded with a photo on your Strava run.
  • You can start and finish your pub cricket run  in different locations.
  • For each pub you visit, count the number of legs that the subject has (The Lamb scores 4, The Duke scores 2) or if there is a pub sign, you can count the number of legs shown on the sign (please provide a photo).
  • If a pub is named after something without legs and has no sign, score 1 “run”. So The Berrylands and The Royal Oak will score 1 point.
  • The subject must have legs to score extra runs, so The Druids Head scores just 1 as it is the head, not the legs that are the subject of the name.
  • You receive a maximum of 6 runs per pub (Wagon and Horses scores 6 even though 2 hourse would have 8 legs).
  • Unlike in the driving pub cricket game, you cannot be out.

Disputes will be resolved in the WhatsApp discussion group. [GP scoring with base of 10 points]

To give you some inspiration, here are the 26.2 pubs visited by Lizzie Wilson:

Week 7/8 Challenges

We have reached the finish line of the marathon and everyone should have completed their team marathon times and 26.2 minute race. If you haven’t yet submitted results, please do so here.  We will be gathering together the entries for the alternative marathon for voting later in the week.

See all the league details at: Virtual Race League

Week 7/8 Challenges – Tuesday 5th to Monday 18th May

We are staying on multi-week challenges for now so there are 2 weeks to complete these challenges.

Our next theme week is MILE WEEK!

66 years ago on 6th May 1954, Roger Bannister broke the 4 minute barrier for the mile. We are going to celebrate this by doing mile themed challenges.

On Wednesday’s virtual club night we will be doing a viewing of the first sub-4 minute mile to see how it is done. Please join us on Wednesday at 8:30pm to watch with us.

Challenge 1: Sub 4min-mile attempt!

The first challenge is to try and run a mile as quickly as Roger Bannister.  You need to run 1 mile (1609m) and record it with your GPS to make the result available on-line. The catch is that this week you are allowed to cheat. You can stop your watch as many times as you like so the mile distance does not need to be covered in a single effort. Will anyone be able to get a sub-4 min mile?

How you reach a mile is up to you. You could do 4x400m (plus 9m) or 16x100m (plus 9m). Anything goes as long as you are running (no cars/bikes) and you record the run as single activity (and don’t forget the extra 9m!).

If using Strava, please submit your moving time for the mile distance. Points will be awarded for your time using GP scoring in divisions with a maximum of 20 points.

BONUS POINTS! As there are some people doing other mile races at the moment. A few bonus points will be thrown your way if you also complete an honest mile race (no pausing your garmin!). If like me you think the thought of doing two mile efforts is horrendous, don’t worry, their won’t be a lot of bonus points (shall we say 5?) but it will be interesting to see the real mile results that people post compared to their cheating mile.

Challenge 2: Progressive miles.

Our second challenge is to complete a progressive run. This is one where you start slower and gradually increase the pace until you are pushing hard at the end. We are looking for a consistent progression in pace across 3 miles. You are welcome to do this as part of a longer session, but we just want 3 miles splits for the results.

Points will be awarded for consistency in improvement between the mile splits and the difference between your first and last split using GP style scoring within the divisions.

Challenge 3: Strava Art

Not mile related but wanting to continue stretching your creativity, our third challenge is a request for some Strava art. You have the freedom to draw whatever you like with your run. The run can be long or short, fast or slow and cover any area you choose. As long as you can send us a pretty picture of it afterwards that is all that is needed (pictures can come from other GPS aps, not just Strava).

A few people have already done this recently for other challenges or just for fun. Some people try to make art with local roads, others make use of open spaces to go free form. Here is an example by Tony Ruff done for the alternative 26.2 challenge:

Although we have said draw what you like, we do have one request … please keep it clean!

Strava Art will be voted on by your peers to decide points. There will be a further 20 points using GP style scoring in positions on offer for the Strava art.

Additional points

As usual we will be collecting the number of runs completed in this period. A maximum of 8 points are available for the period, 1 point per run.

26.2 Alternative London Marathon Challenges

We have had some great submissions for our alternative 26.2 challenge. A selection are below. We will add as many as we can here. For many, you can see a lot of the originals on the 26.2 RRC – We Is Runners facebook group.

Dmitry Selemir (& Family)

26.2 spelled out in the garden…

Laura Griffin

“Plogging” for my 26.2 challenge! The aim was 26.2 bits of rubbish collected but I’d managed that in 10minutes so carried on. Happy marathon day all!

 

Kate Hancock

26.2 jelly babies that were ready to support the marathon runners today!

Tony Ruff

11k – 26.2 laps

Erica Golland

Re-styling the Waitrose fish counter

Brewer Family

26.2 RRC marathon challenge – 26.2 laps with a ‘water station’ every lap😆🇲🇭

 

Jacqueline Chang

26.2 malteasers all-in-one…

Daisy Street

“Instead of running the London Marathon today as I had planned to, I ran a gentle 26.2km on my own. Such a hot day today that anyone who had to listen to me complaining after running in the heat in 2018 can consider themselves lucky that today wasn’t race day! 26.2km is also a far more manageable distance. 😂”

Lizzie Wilson

26 pub 2 – a tour of 26.2 pubs of Surbiton

(not all pubs shown…check her facebook for more, plus commentary!)

Not the London Marathon day

Today is a day that may be a little upsetting for many of our members as it should have been the London Marathon. We feel for anyone who is missing out on a spring marathon after the hard work that will have been put into training but now has no outlet. Please keep in mind that there will be many chances in the future to run marathons together as long as we all stay safe today.

As an alternative to the London marathon we are instead running a “Do 26.2 of something else” challenge. Your 26.2 challenge can be running related or something entirely different. We want to see all the different things that our members are doing to pass their time at home. Be creative and we hope you have fun taking part in the challenge.

Please do share with everyone what you have been up to. We look forwards to seeing many different, weird and wonderful ways to mark the day that isn’t the London Marathon.

Week 5/6 Challenges

2k week is over. Although the 2k was short, it was by no means easy. We are sure you all met the challenge though. Don’t forget we are also running the photo competition so get your training photos in too. If you haven’t yet submitted results, please do so here. If you don’t have a google account, use this form and submit your photo via email to website [ at ] 26point2.co [ dot ] uk.

See all the league details at: Virtual Race League

Week 5/6 Challenges – Tuesday 21st to Monday 4th May

You will notice something different here…we are setting challenges for 2 weeks rather than just 1. This is to allow a bit of catch up time on some of the admin.

Anyway, this week is MARATHON WEEK!

Challenge 1: Team Marathon!

Everyone has been divided into teams of 6 or 7 runners. The teams were seeded based on your 5k results so the teams will hopefully be fairly even.

As a team, we want you to run a marathon in the fastest possible time. You need to collectively run 26.2 miles between you and then submit your total time. Each team member must run a minimum of 3 miles and a maximum of 6.5 miles. You can run your leg of the race as many times as you wish to try and improve your time.

If anyone does not submit a time, times can be taken from their Strava profile if available. If a runner is ill / injurred / isolating then they do not need to post a time and will be excluded from your team result. It is up to the rest of the team to make up the mileage for anyone who does not run.

The team allocations are in this spreadsheet. Anyone has permission to add details of:

  • Promised mileage that you expect to complete.
  • Actual mileage already completed.
  • Time taken to complete the mileage.
  • Notes for your team members (please add a note here if you are unable to run).

Anyone can edit rows in the spreadsheet but please only make edits for your own team. We will be reviewing the sheet regularly and are tracking changes. Keep any comments clean as juniors view the results.

This is your chance to encourage your fellow club members to get out for a run but please do so with consideration. Nobody should be forced to go for a run if they don’t want to. If you want to be removed from the teams, please just let us know and we will do so.

The teams will be given GP style scores from a maximum of 20 down to 1 point.

Challenge 2: 26.2 minute race

Instead of having a fixed distance to run, we are going to have a fixed time instead. You have 26 minutes and 12 seconds to run as far as you can. No stopping your watch along the way. You will be scored on how far you manage to run in the time allowed. Greatest distance covered wins.

Points will be awarded within divisions in a GP style from 10 down.

Challenge 3: Alternative London Marathon 

It was meant to be the London Marathon on Sunday 26th April and we are all disappointed that this won’t be happening until later in the year. To mark the day passing and cheer ourselves up a bit, we are challenging you to do 26.2 of something else. No need to run 26.2 miles, you chose what you want to do and let us know. Why not try:

  • Run 26.2 laps of your block
  • Do 26.2 press-ups
  • Bake 26.2 cakes
  • Finish 26.2 jigsaws
  • Visit 26.2 ponds (who had that silly idea?)

Bonus points will be awarded to those people deemed to be the most creative! Document your submissions however you like (photos / videos / text) and share them with us on social media. Ideally this should be completed on Sunday 26th April!

Additional points

As usual we will be collecting the number of runs completed in this period. A maximum of 5 points are available for the period, 1 point per run.

Week 4 Challenges

Well done to everyone that complete the post box run in week 3. This fun challenge seemed to be very popular with everyone that took part. We look forwards to doing some Street-O events as a club later in the year. If you haven’t yet submitted results, please do so here.

See all the league details at: Virtual Race League

Week 4 Challenges – Tuesday 14th to Monday 20th April

There are two things to do this week, one involves running, the other one is at least running based…

2k age-graded challenge

A simple one here, just run 2k as fast as you possibly can. There will be two areas where points will be awarded within your division:

  • Age grading
  • Improvement on age grading compared to your 5k result.

Those with children who do junior parkrun are already familiar with the 2k distance. If you want to see how you compare with the kids, check out the 26.2 RRC Surbiton junior parkrun times here.

Photo competition – “Training in Lockdown”

Carrying on the fun challenges from last week’s post boxes, this week, we are running a photo competition. Photos should be submitted on the theme of “Training in Lockdown”. Feel free to share your ideas during the week but at the end of the week you will be requested to upload just one picture as a submission. The photos will be judged by your peers.

Photos must be your own, either taken by your or on your behalf for the purposes of this competition. You should seek permission from anyone that appears in the photo before submitting. The photos submitted may be used across the clubs website and social media platforms.

Additional weekly points

There will also be points awarded for keeping up your training as recorded by:

  • Number of days that you go out and run. 1 point per run with a  maximum of 5 points. This maximum has been introduced as we know some people don’t want to use all of their allocated exercising time out running.

Week 3 Challenges

Well done to everyone that complete the interval challenge in week 2. If you haven’t yet submitted results, please do so here.

See all the league details at: Virtual Race League

Week 3 Challenges – Tuesday 7th to Monday 13th April

With Easter this week, we would traditionally be out hunting for Easter eggs. As we can’t get out to hide Easter eggs for everyone, we will have to settle for a postbox hunt instead.

This week’s challenge is a Street-O challenge.

  • You have 45 minutes to run around your local area and find as many post boxes as possible.
  • You must start and finish in the same location.
  • You will be awarded 3 points for every post box that you visit. Please approach the post box so you are close enough to check the details on the front, don’t just wave at it from a distance.
  • There will be penalty points of 1 point per 20 seconds that you go over 45 minutes.

You are responsible for counting post boxes yourself. We are running an honesty system but keep in mind people can check how many postboxes you visited by tracking your GPS trace so do not cheat!

To find post boxes, we recommend you use a StreetO map like this Sample Map. We will provide more sample maps on request. You can create a map of your own area using the OpenOrienteeringMap tool. More details on creating maps are below.

When completing your challenge, make sure you maintain social distancing. If at any point you need to stop to avoid groups of people, you may stop your timing briefly to avoid problems.  Please do not abuse this to use the time to check your map or get your breath back, this time is purely to avoid coming into contact with other members of the public. Safety always takes priority over completing the running challenges.

After completing the challenge, we will be collecting the number of post boxes that you visited and the time taken to visit them.

Additional weekly points

There will also be points awarded for keeping up your training as recorded by:

  • Number of days that you go out and run. (1 per run)
  • Total ascent over the week. (Grand Prix style points from 10 down in increments of 0.5 for each division).

Total ascent

By popular demand, we are giving points for total ascent this week. Please submit the total ascent for all the runs you complete over the week. Do this by adding up the ascent for each run and submitting a single figure. Strava will tell you the ascent for each run. Why not find some post boxes on hills to complete both challenges at once.

Creating StreetO maps

If you want to have a go at creating your own StreetO map, you can use the OpenOrienteeringMap tool. To create a map:

  • Navigate you your location and zoom in.
  • Select the “StreetO” map type in the top left.
  • Select the scale, I recomment either 1:10,000 or 1:12,500
  • Double click on the map to place the centre.
  • Drag the blue blob to re-position the centre of the map.
  • Click on “Add Postboxes” to add postboxes
  • Click “Save & Get PDF Map” (top right) to download your map.

I will give a demonstration of this on Wednesday night at club night.

If you want me to create a map for you. Please mail me your postcode to website [ at ] 26point2.co [ dot ] uk.

If you would like a printed map and are willing to start your run in Berrylands, I will print some maps and put them outside my house for collection. Please let me know if you want me to do this for you. If you want a printed map and live elsewhere but don’t have access to a printer, please ask in the groups and hopefully someone can print a map for you.

Week 2 Challenges

First of all, thanks to everyone who took part in week 1. If you are yet to submit results from your week 1 challenges, please do so here.

Week 2 Challenges – Tuesday 31st March to Monday 6th April

This week’s training challenge is to complete a 4 x 800m (or longer) interval session. More details on this session are below.

There will also be points awarded for keeping up your training as recorded by:

    • Number of days that you go out and run.
    • Total distance covered in the week.

Interval session details

We want you to achieve consistent pacing across each split. At the end of the week, we will request that you send us:

    • Length of your interval course (please use a 800m / half mile course minimum).
    • Your first four 800m splits. If you want to do more, please just send us the first 4 splits.

You will earn points ranked against others in your division for:

    • Consistent pacing of each split.
    • Pace at which you complete the intervals.

The points will be more heavily weighted to consistency however we will also be rewarding pace to ensure that people are encouraged to push themselves rather than going easy to try and get a more consistent set of results.

We hope you enjoy this week’s training session!

You can get the all the details of the Virtual Race League here. This includes links to results and league tables.