Virtual Lockdown Team Challenges

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Virtual Team Challenge- It’s a Mean Race!

We have had a great time organising these events, but sadly we have come to the end of the road. Your continued support, stories and achievements have been incredible to witness and without a doubt, together we have all created some fun, friendly and motivating weekend memories.
This is the final weekly virtual team challenge that we are planning to hold. As things continue to return to normal, folk are getting back to work and the kids weekend activities start to return, we decided to go out with a bang rather than a whimper! This week we will be donating 100% of the entry fees to charity in 3 ways, one donation to the winning team (chosen charity), and 2 teams (chosen charity) at random, if we can get as many people involved as possible that means 3 charities get a bumper donation. Our biggest week to date was one of the 24 hr challenges when 1600 people took part, if we could beat that on our final week that would be amazing, so please share the event far and wide.
We will also be donating an athletics development kit to the winning team for their junior section, these kits are worth £500 each, and contain all of the essential kit to help develop primary school children into stars of the future!
This challenge is pretty simple, it is a hybrid of the “Points means Prizes” challenge and the “Even bigger 24”.
It is a point scoring week again, points are awarded for distance and elevation gain. 1 point per mile covered, and 1 point per 250 ft of elevation gain. Slightly different to the first time we did this, as this time your team totals will be added together before converting them into points and you have 24 hrs to complete the challenge.

Rules.
1. Your team can be of any size, the bigger the better.

2. Each person can complete as many runs as they like within the 24 hrs.

3. The handicap system will not be used for this event.

4. There are no rules about uphill/downhill running- anything goes.

5. The winning team will be decided by a new secret calculation (shown after the event in the results) and will get to decide where 50% of the charity fund goes, the remaining 50% of the charity fund will be split between two teams at random.

6. Your team can complete runs between 5 pm on Friday 31 st and 5 pm on Saturday 1st August.

7. Team captains as usual are responsible for your team admin and payment

Previous Challenges

Virtual Team Challenge- The Ross Barclay 5k 25th July 2020

The rise of the #RossBarkley5km

Description taken from Runner World.

Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley has unwittingly started a trend on Strava after his club claimed he ran 5K in 16mins 11secs.

When the Chelsea Twitter account claimed that central midfielder Ross Barkley had run a 5K time of 16 mins 11 secs, eyebrows were raised in the running community. Certainly, as a full-time athlete, Barkley was likely to be fairly swift over the distance. But 16 mins 11 secs? Those are N’Golo Kanté numbers.

Upon further investigation, led by the Twitter account @StravaWankers, which calls out fraudulent and/or boastful activity on the platform, the truth behind Barkley’s 5K time was soon discovered.

Instead of being one continuous 5K, Barkley’s workout was an interval session along the lines of: 1 mile hard, 2 x 1km effort and several sprints to get to the 5K total.

Instead of using the ‘elapsed time’ – ie the overall time the workout took – Chelsea used the ‘moving time’ to claim Barkley had covered 5K in a time 16mins 11 secs, when the workout actually took one hour and five minutes. It’s worth noting that Barkley himself never claimed to have run the 5K continuously, so can perhaps feel hard done by to have become the figurehead of fraudulent 5K running.

However, that has not stopped hundreds of runners posting their own #RossBarkley5km, using the same technique – and records have been tumbling as a result. Richard McDowell of Hercules Wimbledon AC ran a time of 10:57, shaving 1 min 40 secs off the 5000m record held by Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele.

It does appear, however, that kudos may genuinely be due to one midfielder. Manchester United’s Scott McTominay posted a 5K time of 16 mins 1 sec. It’s reported that as a teenager McTominay could run 34 mins for a 10K, so this one is actually feasible. However, his splits, which he pictured on his Apple Watch, have yet to be uploaded to Strava, so some in the running community remain dubious about the midfielder’s time.

Rules.

  1. Your team of 10, must complete 50 km ( 10 x 5 km) as quickly as possible.
  2. As described above each person can complete multiple runs to achieve the 5 km, however adults and juniors 12 years and over only have 2 hours of elapsed time to complete the distance. You still have 24 hrs to fit your run in but when you start your first effort you must complete your last one within 2 hours. Children 11 years and under can complete their 5 km efforts at any time within the 24 hr window.
  3. There are no rules about running downhill for your efforts, as fast as possible is what we are looking for.
  4. The winning team will be the team who complete the 50 km in the shortest possible time.
  5. The handicap system will be applied to team results, but not individual results.
  6. The easiest way to complete the Ross Barclay 5 km challenge is to either turn on auto pause on your watch, or manually pause it between efforts. You could also just do multiple short bursts and re start your watch every time.
  7. Your team can complete the challenge at anytime between 5 pm on Friday 24th July and 7 pm on Saturday 25th, but remember once you start you only have 2 hours to complete it! (excluding younger children)
  8. Your team captains as usual are responsible for submitting team details, payments and results.

Virtual Team Challenge- The Human Pyramid! 18th July 2020

This week our challenge has been suggested by Steph Scott.

  1. Your team of 10 must complete a 1k, 2k, 3k, 4k, 5k, 6k, 7k, 8k, 9k and 10k effort as quickly as possible.
  2. Each person in your team can only complete one distance, so choose carefully.
  3. The new handicap system will be used for this event.
  4. There are no rules about uphill/downhill or running on the flat, the route choice is up to you.
  5. The winning team will be the team who complete all distances in the shortest cumulative time.
  6. Due to all of the different distances we will only be providing prizes to the fastest team, however we will be providing a couple of prizes for exceptional performances, and spot prizes as usual.
  7. Your watch/data recording device should display elapsed time. The easiest way to do this is to call your run a race on Strava.
  8. Your team can complete your run between 5pm on Friday 17th July and 7pm on Saturday 18th July.
  9. Team captains as usual are responsible for your team admin and payment

Virtual Team Mile-arathon

This week the challenge has been suggested by Alex Hughes from Prudhoe Plodders Running Club. In simple terms teams must record 26 1 mile intervals in the shortest time possible.

  1. The team virtual event is for teams of 10.
  2. Mixed, all male or all female it doesn’t matter.
  3. Your team must collectively run 26 x 1 mile efforts and someone on your team does the extra 0.2m to make up the full marathon distance.
  4. Team members can run more than once and how the efforts are distributed within your team is up to you. All we want is 26 and a bit x 1 mile efforts recorded in the shortest time that you can manage.
  5. Your team have between 5 pm on Friday 10th July and 7 pm on Saturday 11th July to complete the challenge, this is to allow folk who have returned to work, the chance to take part in the evenings.
  6. To allow teams to take part who struggle to meet the normal 50/50 male /female split we have introduced a handicap system. The handicap system adds a 15% time adjustment to the mens times within that team. Individual results remain unaffected by the handicap.
  7. The handicap has been based on looking at over 2000 park-run results and elite athlete times to gauge a reasonable adjustment for men and women.
  8. We appreciate that not every man is faster than every woman, which is why your individual results aren’t affected, but this is the fairest way to allow more teams to participate who can’t meet the normal male/female ratio.
  9. There is not a time adjustment for runners 11 and under. A 15% time deduction will be made. Team captains will need to indicate, who on the team is male/female and 11 and under.

Hutchy’s Full Tilt For 30.. Take 2!

Virtual Full Tilt For 30 take 2- Follows the same format as take 1!
After a public vote it was decided that we revisit this lung busting format, so why not take the opportunity to run the same route that you did last time and compare results…. has virtual weekly racing made you swifter? we’ll soon see!

Rules.
1. Mixed teams of 10 with a minimum of 5 ladies in each team.
2. Each team member runs as far as possible in 30 mins- Full Tilt!! The team totals are added together and a total team distance will be recorded.
3. Each team should nominate a team captain who is responsible for providing us with team sheet, results and payment.
4. This event should be carried whilst following all government guidance on social distancing.
5. Your team should complete all runs between 6 am and 6 pm on July 4th.
6. Your contribution can be counted even if you are taking part in another virtual event at the same time.
7. Prizes for winning team, greatest distance covered by male and female individuals and best fancy dress costume! There will also be spot prizes for funniest pictures.

Whilst friendly competition is a great motivator please bare in mind that the events are mostly about having fun with your team mates!
We have also created an event on Strava, if you join Greener Miles Running you can attend the event on there and we will automatically have access to your data.
https://www.strava.com/clubs/598149

The Pentathlon- Virtual Multi Distance Team Event 27th June

pentathlon is a contest featuring five events. The name is derived from Greek: combining the words pente (five) and –athlon (competition) (Greek: πένταθλον). The first pentathlon was documented in Ancient Greece and was part of the Ancient Olympic Games. Five events were contested over one day for the Ancient Olympic pentathlon, starting with the long jumpjavelin throwing, and discus throwing, followed by the stadion (a short foot race) and wrestling. Pentathletes were considered to be among the most skilled athletes, and their training was often part of military service—each of the five events in the pentathlon was thought to be useful in war or battle.

With the revival of the Olympic Games in the modern era, the pentathlon returned in two formats. The athletics pentathlon was a modern variation on the original events, with a competition over five track and field events. The modern pentathlon, invented by Pierre de Coubertin (father of the Modern Olympics), was a variation on the military aspect of the Ancient pentathlon. It focused on the skills required by a late-19th-century soldier, with competitions in shootingswimmingfencingequestrianism, and cross country running.

We don’t think that ancient events are appropriate for virtual running teams so we have adapted the format to just include running challenges.


Rules

  1. Team captains must submit team names on the team sheet below and results on the same sheet after the event.
  2. Your team of 10 should be at least 50% women.
  3. Collectively your team must complete a 800 m, 1500 m, 5000 m, 10000 m and 1000ft effort with a male and female team member.
  4. The winning team will be the team who complete all of he events (man and woman for each distance) in the fastest time.
  5. Steps of any kind are not permitted for the elevation element of this challenge.
  6. Your data must be recorded as elapsed time.
  7. Your distance efforts must be flattish.
  8. There is a £1 per person event charge to cover admin, prizes and charitable donation.
  9. We will choose at random the team who are awarded the charity donation choice.
  10. There will be prizes for the winning team, and fastest men and women for each distance and spot prizes as usual.
  11. Your team can complete their runs between 6 am and 5 pm on Saturday 27th June
  12. Payments are to be made to paypal- markmarchant1303@yahoo.co.uk 07833958038

The Even Bigger One- 24 hr Virtual Team Race 19th June

This week, see’s us tackling the mighty 24 hr max distance format again. Similar to the last 24 hr event, in that 24 hr is in the title, dissimilar in the way that this time you have a 24 hr window of opportunity to collectively accumulate as much distance as possible, whereas the last time it was 24 hrs of recorded run time.

There are no restrictions on how many runs an individual can record, in theory your entire team could run for the whole 24 hr period, although we certainly don’t recommend it! We expect to see some enormous total distances posted for this event… will any team go further than 500 miles??

 This one is pretty simple. Form your team, then together accumulate as much distance as possible within the 24 hr period.

Rules.

  1. Team captains must submit team names on the team sheet below and results on the same sheet after the event.
  2. Runs can be of any duration but each team member must run at least once. (unless injured and replaced)
  3. Your team should be no larger than 24 members and should be at least half women.
  4. Collectively your team must accumulate as much distance as possible within the 24 hr time period.
  5. The winning team will be the team who accumulate the largest distance in the 24 hrs of competition.
  6. There is a £1 per person event charge to cover admin, prizes and charitable donation.
  7. We will choose at random the team who are awarded the charity donation choice.
  8. There will be prizes for the winning team, largest individual distances and spot prizes as usual.
  9. You can complete your run at any time between 5 pm on Friday 19th June until 5 pm on Saturday 20th June.
  10. Payments are to be made to paypal- markmarchant1303@yahoo.co.uk 07833958038

Virtual- National 3 Peaks Hill Climbing Team Challenge 13th June

Following on from last weekends Point scoring fun and in preparation for next weeks “Even Bigger One” this week we have the National 3 Peaks Hill Climbing Team Challenge. Simply climb up the 3 highest mountains in the UK as a team in the shortest time possible.

  1. Team captains must submit team names on the team sheet below and results on the same sheet after the event.
  2. Runs can be of any duration but each team member must run at least once.
  3. Your team should be no larger than 20 members and should be at least half women.
  4. Collectively your team must ascend the height of Ben Nevis, Snowdon and Scafell Pike. The total elevation from sea level to the 3 summits is 11,135 ft.
  5. The winning team will be the team who accumulate the total elevation in the shortest time.
  6. Stair reps are not allowed on this challenge.
  7. There is a £1 per person event charge to cover admin, prizes and charitable donation.
  8. We will choose at random the team who are awarded the charity donation choice.
  9. There will be prizes for the winning team, largest individual ascents and spot prizes as usual.
  10. You can complete your run at any time between 6 am and 8 pm on Saturday 13th June Payments are to be made to paypal- markmarchant1303@yahoo.co.uk

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

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.

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

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.

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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