scottishathletics have scheduled a new Virtual Challenge for the weekend of August 7-10 – with athletes asked to run solo over 5k.
This virtual event replaces the Scottish 5K Championships which were due to be held at Silverknowes on August 7 as part of the Run and Become/Sri Chinmoy 5k.
We hope the virtual event can be followed four weeks later with a pilot actual event – with limited numbers because of Covid-19 restrictions – which will signpost the return to road racing in Scotland.
Entries for the Virtual 5k Challenge are open to age groups from U17s through to Seniors and Masters and are FREE to scottishathletics members, with an option of a suggested donation of £2 per runner.
The rules and regulations followed by scottishathletics over recent months would again apply over the competition window of Friday 7 August to Monday 10 August: solo runs; no point-to-point runs; no overall downhill runs.
Performances at the Virtual 5k Challenge will then be taken into account for a proposed return to road racing physical event at Silverknowes on Friday 4 September – the Run and Become/Sri Chinmoy Invitational 5k.
This physical event is of course subject to the relevant Scottish Government guidelines at that time with the aspiration being that around 200 athletes (with an even split of male/female numbers) can race with distancing measure in place and athletes set off in wave before chip times are compared.
The Run and Become/Sri Chinmoy Invitational 5k would offer Scotland’s best road runners the chance to compete and, hopefully, the event would give the community a clear signal as to how other club and local road races (like 10ks) can be staged successfully.
*Entries for the Virtual 5k Challenge will be open until midnight on Thursday 6 August.
*Entry fee becomes applicable for those who qualify for the physical event at Silverknowes.