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Virtual Handicap – Wednesday 15th July

We will be holding the handicap virtually on Wednesday. All runners need to run 3 miles over a course of their choosing. You will be set off from a Zoom call at your handicapped start time. The aim is for us all be running together and finish at the same time.

Full details are here: Virtual Handicap

Please register in advance here: Register!

Zoom details:

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July Handicap – 15th July

Wednesday 15th July Virtual Club Handicap

Registration: 7:00pm Please register before hand to help us out if you can (fill in this form), but we will take some last minute registrations on the night. Simply log into the Zoom meeting at 7pm to register. 

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If you have run the handicap before, your start time will be allocated exactly where we left off.

If you have never run the handicap before, welcome, it’s quite simple.  Just provide us with your current 5k time on the night and we will let you know when it’s time to ‘move’ to the starting block.

Essentially, you will be given a head start on other runners that can run faster than you.

Warm-up: 7:00-7:25pm.  Following registration you will have 10 to 15 minutes to warmup before heading back to the Zoom meeting at 7:25pm.

Safety briefing: 7:30pm. There will be a short safety briefing and the clock will be started promptly at 7:30pm. 

Runners set off from 7:30 to 7:55pm. You must remain in the Zoom meeting until you are asked to ‘walk up’ to the start line and set off at your allotted time. 

You will then run 1.5 miles out before running 1.5 miles back to the Zoom meeting.  The direction you run is totally up to you. 

Finish Line: Please shout out your name when you return.  We will have timers and somehow through the chaos we will be able to generate a rough time for all of you.  However, if you can please record your own time as back-up.

Additional Notes: The handicap time will NOT be included in the handicap league and is a ‘just for fun’ tempo. 

If your home handicap course is considerably hillier than the Byeways, sorry that’s tough and you should have had the foresight to move somewhere flatter.  This statement is also applicable to anyone who lives on the top floor of a block of flats with a faulty lift.  However, if you do feel particularly hard done by, please feel free to contact the team for special consideration.

Please alert other family members that a Zoom room is open so as to avoid any unfortunate incidents of home life becoming public!

Lastly, for the purpose of timing we need to see who crosses the line so we kindly ask that post-run, you please keep fairly quiet until all runners are in, so we can ‘see’ who is crossing the line in ‘speaker view’.  Whilst you are waiting you can kick of the trainers and grab a beer. 

 Results: The results will be presented on Zoom at 8:30pm.

Virtual Claygate 5

A group of Claygate residents and local runners have come together to organise a virtual running race this year in the absence of any physical running race in Claygate due to COVID-19. The aim of the race is to raise much needed funds for the “Garden Project” on Claygate recreation ground. 100% of profits from the race will go to the Claygate Recreation Ground Trust charity who are overseeing this project. 

The race is 5 miles long and takes place through the beautiful countryside that surrounds Claygate- through woodlands, fields and roads. The course is mainly off-road and is undulating towards the end.

When will the race take place: between Sat 4th – Sun 12th July

Location: Claygate Recreation Ground, Church Road, Claygate, KT10 0JP

Time: Anytime you wish throughout this period

How will it work: To register, sign up to the race on open track: https://data.opentrack.run/en-gb/x/2020/GBR/r5ftr/ then submit a donation (we suggest £5 for adults and £3 for children) to https://www.givey.com/run5fortherec. Please gift aid your donation where possible. Once you have done this you can run the race in your own time. 

Upon completion of your race and donation made to the link shown above, you can show proof of your donation to Caffe Captial in Claygate to redeem 50% off the price of a coffee and any young people who have completed the 5 miles with donation made will also get a dairy ice cream scoop for only £1. 

Results: To register your result you will need to:

·         Take a picture of yourself either at the beginning or end of the course which is the same location.

·         If you think you are in medal contention, take a picture of your watch/phone with the miles and completion time clearly displayed or send STRAVA data or similar with the time and miles. 

·         Email this to the team at run5fortherec [ at ] gmail [ dot ] com. If you are entering the parent and child categories please state who this should be linked to. 

·         Share that you have taken part with your friends and family and encourage others too as well via social media or otherwise.

For more information on this race and for details of the race route, please visit our Facebook Page, https://www.facebook.com/run5fortherec/?view_public_for=101732491590705 . 

All information and runner standings will be updated daily for the week of 4th-12th July, 2020 on their Facebook page as well as their Twitter Account @run5fortherec.

Virtual Parkland Relays – Results

Congratulations to all 31 members who took part in the Virtual Parkland Relays last week.  Our club represented over 10% of the overall field.

Official results have now been published here

In the ladies open event, the A team finished 5th and B team came home 7th.

In vets category, our A team finished a very strong 3rd and B team 7th. 

For the men, we had 5 teams in the open category coming home 4th, 13th, 18th, 21st, and 24th.

For the vets, our men finished 3rd, 8th, 9th, and 13th.

Well done to all those who ran and hopefully next year we will return to Richmond Park. 

Virtual Imber Court Relays

Due to recent events it is of course not possible for the Imber Court relays to take place this year.

However, we are pleased to confirm that we will be hosting the 26.2 Virtual Imber Court relays and we would like to invite all of our members to take part in the event. 
 
Teams do not need to be decided in advance – these will be decided based on recorded times submitted. All teams will be of four people.
 
The following categories will be in place:
 

– Men’s open

– Ladies open

– Men’s veteran (over 40)

– Women’s veteran (over 35)

– Juniors school year six (age 11)  and under
 
– Juniors school year seven up to and including age 15
 
You will note that this year we are allowing juniors to participate for the first time. Please ensure that juniors are properly supervised by an adult when recording their runs!
 
The following rules will be in place:
 
– 3km to be run between 7pm on Tuesday 23 June and 7pm on Thursday 25 June;
 
– Runs can be run wherever you like but should start and finish in the same location;
 
– Runners should adhere to appropriate health and safety and social distancing rules;
 
– Times will be based on the “elapsed time” rather than “moving time” (this should be clearly shown on your submitted activity).
 
Registration and Results
 
Registration and results are all via Open Track. You will hopefully become used to this system when you compete in the Parkland relays the week before! Please register for the event in advance and submit your time by 8pm on Friday 26 June.
 
 
Results will be announced via a Zoom call on Monday 29 June at 8pm. Details as follows:
 
Topic: Imber Court Relays – Results
Time: Jun 29, 2020 08:00 PM London

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Please let Laura Griffin know if you have any questions.
 

 

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:

Virtual Parkland Relays 10th-14th June 2020

Thames Hare and Hounds have invited our club to take part in the Virtual Parkland Relays. Run 5km on your own, between Wednesday 10th June and Sunday 14th June and submit your Strava/Garmin Connect activity by 19:00 on Sunday 14th June. This event is open to all, and I encourage you to sign-up and take part.

There will be the following competitions

Men’s Open: four per team

Ladies’ Open: three per team

Men’s Veterans: over 40, four per team

Ladies’ Veterans: over 35, three per team

There is no need to pre-determine teams. The organisers will arrange teams based on age-category and results.

Individuals are to register online (free entry) following the link.

Rules:

– Entry must be a single Strava/Garmin Connect activity

– Your route must start and finish at approximately the same location

Activity must taken place between 10th June (00:01) and 14th June (19:00).

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.

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.