Virtual Lockdown Team Challenges

Points Mean Prizes! Virtual Team 30 minute points scoring challenge- Saturday 6th June.

This week we have a slightly different concept of racing so you will need to consider your tactics and route carefully.

This is a virtual team event and costs £1 per person to cover admin, prizes and a charity donation. As usual you should submit a team of 10, with at least 5 members of your team women. Whilst this is a team event, there will still be prizes for individuals with the highest points totals. As always, if you don’t have a team we will be forming Greener Miles Teams, so you are welcome to join one of ours.

The object of this event is to run as far or high as you can in 30 minutes. Example. Each mile you run =1 point. Every 250 ft of elevation gained=1 point. So if you ran 5 miles and climbed 1000 ft you would be awarded 9 points. We will calculate distance points to include 1/4 miles but the elevation gain is in complete multiples of 250 ft gained. The team with the greatest points total wins, and individual male and female high point scorers will receive a prize as will the finest picture owners! You need to complete your runs by 8 pm on Saturday 6th June, we have extended this to allow folk to take part without being frazzled by the sunshine.

Worked examples- Walter runs 4.5 miles in 30 mins and climbs 950 ft during his effort. He would be awarded 4.5 points for the distance covered but only 3 points for his elevation (3 x 250 ft).=7.5 point total. Betty runs 5 miles with 250 ft of elevation she would be awarded 5 points for distance and 1 point for elevation =6 point total.

Rules.

  1. Team captains must submit team names on the team sheet below and results on the same sheet after the event.
  2. Runs should be of 30 mins in duration.
  3. Your team of 10 should be at least half women.
  4. Distance points will be awarded in 1/4 mile intervals, elevation in 250 ft complete multiples.
  5. There is a £1 per person event charge to cover admin, prizes and charitable donation.
  6. We will choose at random the team who are awarded the charity donation choice.
  7. There will be prizes for the winning team- highest points total, top male and female points scorers and best pictures as usual.
  8. You can complete your run at any time up to 8 pm on Saturday 6th June.
  9. Payments are to be made to paypal- markmarchant1303@yahoo.co.uk 07833958038

Previous Challenges

The Boomerang! Virtual Team 10 x 4 mile Race. Saturday 30th May

This week we have decided to level the playing field a little bit. The boomerang normally returns to its point of origin (if you can throw it properly) That is the main rule for this week. Your run must start and end in the same place. It can be an out and back, loop or anything you like as long as you return to your start point. This in theory should mean that each participant has close to zero net elevation gain…. we know it won’t be exactly right but it will be closer than it has been in recent weeks. Within the team competition we will also be recognising the fastest male and female runners and the best pictures etc as usual.

Gordon Smith Relays

The Wallsend Harriers Gordon Smith relays are taking part this week with the last day for completion being Saturday 30th May – the day of the Boomerang.  The rules for Gordon Smith also say no net descent/ascent and the legs are 2 miles each.  We want to support Wallsend with their charity fundraising, so runners doing the Gordon Smith relays can use their relay leg to contribute 2 miles to their Boomerang, if they want to do both. Their run must still be measured as a 4-mile continuous effort though – if they have a rest after their Gordon Smith effort they must include the rest time in their total 4-mile time. 

Small future charge.

As I am sure you will appreciate the time and admin that goes into arranging these events is vast and whilst we love doing this, we feel that as the events continue to grow so does the time and cost commitment. With that in mind and to make the events sustainable going forwards we have decided to levy a small charge of £1 per runner each week. This will go towards covering the costs of the small prizes, postage, and event administration, and also provide an amount of money for the winning team to donate to their chosen charity each week.

We have given careful consideration to this, as ultimately the whole purpose of our virtual events was just to get people running, which we have no doubt achieved with the help of the team captains and club officials. Numbers have grown rapidly from only 100 or so runners on week 1 to almost 1600 this week. There are several options out there for virtual racing, and we could ultimately go down the commercial route of engaging an entry system etc but we feel that will just take away from the community type feel that these events (and our numerous emails and messages) have generated. The entry system would also cost more than £1 per person to manage and be more time consuming for teams/captains during the registration procedure.

New team template.

To streamline the process of entering teams and collating results we have attached a team template, if captains could complete this sheet with the team names and send it to us in the usual way to enter your team, then after the event to submit your results. We will still require screen shots of the data which again can be sent by message in the normal way.

To make payments for your teams

Calculate how many people are in your team (normally 10) x £1 and send that to us at PayPal with your team name as the reference.  Markmarchant1303@yahoo.co.uk/07833958038

Rules

  1. Each team must contain 10 members at least 5 of which must be women.
  2. Each team member must complete the “Boomerang” whilst following current guidance on social distancing.
  3. Each run must start and end in the same place and be 4 miles long.
  4. Your Strava/Garmin data etc should show elapsed time- the easiest way to achieve this is by calling your activity a race.
  5. Team captains are responsible for submitting team names, payments and results on the spreadsheet that we have provided.
  6. There will be prizes for the team who complete 40 miles in the shortest time, fastest male and female and best pictures etc.

The Big One! Virtual Team 24 hr Race. Friday 22nd May-Saturday 23rd May

Following on from the other Lockdown Virtual events, we thought we’d up the ante a little bit. Teams of at least 10, with at least half of your team made up of ladies, need to complete 24 hrs of combined running in 24 hrs. The greatest cumulative distance wins.
This does not need to be done like a relay, in theory you can all complete your runs at the same time (alone obviously) and you don’t all need run for the same amount of time. All we are interested in is the distance that your team have covered in a combined time of 24 hrs. We don’t mind if you only have 10 team mates or 100 and it’s entirely up to you how you divide the 24 hrs.
As with the other events the team captains are responsible for submitting the team names and sending us the event screen shots of your data to prove that you ran for 24 hrs and what distance you cumulatively covered.
The event will start at 17.00 on Friday 22nd May and end at 17.00 on Saturday 23rd May. Teams must be submitted by messenger by 15.00 on the 22nd.
As this is a slightly bigger challenge we have decided to give away 10 race entries (any race of ours) to the winning team, and 4 free places to folk with the best pictures/most memorable moment.

Join the event on Strava https://www.strava.com/clubs/598149/group_events/710031?new=true

To enter a team, just send us a message at Greener Miles Running on Facebook.

Rules

  1. Your effort must be carried out in line with government rules on social distancing for exercise.
  2. Teams of at least 10, with at least half of your team being ladies.
  3. The team captain is responsible for submitting the team name and the names of the team members. (keep the names clean but be creative)
  4. The team captain is responsible for communicating the team results with us following the event via messenger.
  5. Each team member should complete at least one run between 5 pm on Friday 22nd May and 5 pm on Saturday 23rd May. You run can be of any duration or distance. For example you could have a team of 24 and all run for 1 hr-submitting 24 hrs of running. Or you could have a team of 12 and all do 2 runs of 1 hr, or 1 run each of 2 hrs, again completing 24 hrs of running. We really don’t mind how your teams gets to 24 hrs of running, each team member could run for a completely different time. An individual is permitted to do multiple shorter runs contributing to the team total.
  6. The event details can be found on the event page on Facebook.
  7. Ideally each team member will take part on the day, but should you be a runner short your team efforts will still count as long as your remaining team members make up the 24 hr combined time.
  8. Elapsed times will be taken, and you will need to make sure your data shows this, not moving time.
  9. The winning team will be announced as soon as all of the data has been fed into the super computer. The winning team members will all receive a free entry into any Greener Miles Running event as well as some other race goodies.We will also be giving away 4 free places to folk with the best pictures/most memorable moment.


Virtual Team 50k Time Trial 16th May 2020

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This week we have the team 50 k time trial. Same format as the last 2 events, teams of 10 containing a minimum of 5 ladies.
To take part each team member must complete a run, this does not need to be 5k, it can be any distance so long as your team total comes to 50 km.

In the simplest terms, your team of 10 could all run a 5 km TT, however 1 team member may only have time to run 1 km on Saturday, in this instance any other team member could make up the difference. The fastest cumulative time for the 50 k wins.
Team captains are responsible for submitting team members and data following the event to Greener Miles messenger.
Nearly 1000 people have taken part in the Lockdown challenges so far, lets see if we can beat this weeks 590 runners.

To enter a team, just send us a message at Greener Miles Running on Facebook.


Rules

  1. This must be carried out alone or with other members of your household. During your effort you must observe social distancing at all times.
  2. Teams of 10 must contain at least 5 ladies.
  3. The team captain is responsible for submitting the team name and the names of the team members. (keep the names clean but be creative)
  4. The team captain is responsible for communicating the team results with us following the event via messenger.
  5. Each team member must only record the requires time specified on the event page.
  6. The event details can be found on the event page on Facebook.
  7. Ideally each team member will take part on the day, but should you be a runner short your team efforts will still count as long as your remaining team members make up the 50 km.
  8. The winning team will be announced as soon as all of the data has been fed into the super computer. The winning team will be sent a prize each. This may be a selection of office stationary, toilet roll, flour or some running related goodies!

Virtual Hill Climbing Challenge 2nd May 2020

We have decided to have a bit of fun and hold some weekly team challenges to try and keep everyone motivated over this tricky time.

Whilst races are being cancelled all over the world, in the UK we can still make the most of our permitted outdoor exercise and continue to feed our competitive spirit.

To be clear these events are free to take part, and must be carried out alone or with other members of your household during your permitted outdoor exercise.

The first of our team events is a virtual ascent challenge. Its pretty simple really, each mixed team (5 ladies and 5 gents) runs uphill for 30 minutes and records the activity on Strava, Garmin, Suunto etc. On completion that person takes a cheeky picture of their achievements and posts it on the event page on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/events/235722690869351/.

You will need to choose your hill wisely, too steep and you may not get many reps done, too shallow and you will get loads of distance, but little ascent.

Each team mate does the same, then following the 6 pm deadline the team here at virtual race HQ will tally the total ascents of each team and produce some results. The results list will be posted on our Facebook page and on here.

The winning team will receive something that we have lying around the office (left over race stuff most likely)

This page will be updated every Sunday as the new weekly challenge entry opens.

We plan to hold a similar format of team event each Saturday throughout the lock down, so, if we get the same teams, or clubs entering a team each week on completion of the lock down the team who have performed the best over the series of challenges will win the Greener Miles Lock Down Challenge Trophy… probably… if we can get one made.

All we ask is that you like and share our social media pages with your friends.https://www.facebook.com/greenermilesrunning

Hutch’s “Full Tilt For 30” 9th May 2020

The second of our team events is Hutchy’s “Full Tilt For 30” team challenge. Its pretty simple really, each mixed team (5 ladies and 5 gents) runs as far as they can for 30 minutes and records the activity on Strava, Garmin, Suunto etc. On completion that person takes a cheeky picture of their achievements and posts it on the event social media thread. You must also pass your data on to your team captain so that they can pass it on to us.https://www.facebook.com/events/1480808072085673/

As with our virtual hill climbing challenge all we ask is that you share, follow and like us on social media so that we can grow our audience and you can stay up to date on whats going on with our events.

Rules.

  1. This must be carried out alone or with other members of your household. Your effort must form part of your daily exercise entitlement and you must observe social distancing at all times.
  2. Teams of 10 must contain at least 5 ladies.
  3. The team captain is responsible for submitting the team name and the names of the team members. (keep the names clean but be creative)
  4. The team captain is responsible for communicating the team results with us following the event.
  5. Each team member must only record the requires time specified on the event page.
  6. The event details can be found on the event page on Facebook.
  7. Ideally each team member will take part on the day, but should you be a runner short your team efforts will still count, it is just less likely that you will cover the required distance or elevation to win any prizes.
  8. The winning team will be announced as soon as all of the data has been fed into the super computer. The winning team will be sent a prize each. This may be a selection of office stationary, toilet roll, flour or some running related goodies!

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