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When we launched the scottishathletics Tru Wealth Virtual Relays a couple of weeks ago, we fully expected it to be popular with the community.
And that’s exactly what happened with almost 1000 athletes taking the time to use their daily exercise session to commit to solo runs.
We were very clear that Government guidelines for the coronavirus crisis had to be obeyed and do hope that was the case – running alone, not driving to another location and observing social distance guidelines by staying 2m away from others.
What we possibly didn’t expect was that so many of our top Scotland internationals would take part – particularly on the women’s side – as we notice runs from (among others) the likes of Jamie Crowe, Alastair Hay, Joe Ewing, Mhairi Maclennan, Steph Pennycook, Fiona Brian, Jenny Selman, Jenny Bannerman and Annabel Simpson.
Or indeed that we would see runs recorded in locations like the British Virgin Islands from Kat Lindsay of PH Racing and the Czech Republic from Moira Stewart of the Cambuslang Harriers, medallist for the past two years at the Lindsays National Xc at Falkirk.
Also well worth a mention at this stage was a combined Para team organised by Red Star AC and featuring top GB internationals like RaceRunner Kayleigh Haggo and wheelchair races Sammi Kinghorn and Kyle Brotherton.
In many ways their involvement helps sum up what we were hoping to achieve with the Tru Wealth Virtual Relays – an ‘event’ where the athletics community in Scotland really could run together apart.
— PH Racing Club (@phracingclub) April 12, 2020
The Leaderboard is online for the ‘events’ for the Men’s 6-Stage, Women’s 6-Stage, a Masters Men’s 4-Stage for V50 and Masters Women’s 4-Stage for V50.
(Team scores for B and C teams to be added over next couple of days).
A number of ‘downhill’ runs have been allowed to stand on this occasion and, moving forward to further scottishathletics Virtual Challenges, we will learn lessons !
Here are a couple of new rules for future events:
*Runs must start and finish at the same place (so either a lap or out and back)
*Laps must be no less than 1k
— Red Star Athletics (@RedStarAC) April 12, 2020
We’re looking to set up a 15-Minute Club Distance Virtual Challenge – where you stop the watch after 15 minutes and record your distance.
The 15-Minute Club Distance Virtual Challenge will be over the weekend Friday 24 April to Monday 27 April
Open to Athletes in the following age groups: U13, U15, U17, U20, Seniors, Masters
We will accept registrations from both individuals and from clubs with Virtual Challenges for individuals and for teams (including mixed teams).
More details on here in due course.