It was a small, but fairly elite field for today’s 30 minute challenge, which resulted in the highest ever average distance covered – 6.85km, beating the previous best of 6.73km from 20 September 2018.
It was a new route today, beginners loop with the bottom end of the handicap. Its 2.5 round the loop and back to start, so 5 miles if you complete it, which so very nearly happened
We welcomed Chloe and Liz as first timers to the event.
James, Emily and Kieran all achieved distance PB’s during the event.
There is only 1 remaining ever-present (after 8 events), the sequence went 14 (all attendees at event #1), 9, 4 (Diane B, Tim, Karen, Matt), 3 (Lost Diane), 3, 3, 2 (Lost Tim), 1 (Lost Karen) – Matt will definitely miss the July event so the run has a known end date.
This is the first time since event #1 that no one has missed the time cut off.
I also like to look at the achievable distance for the challenge – essentially how far you could have run in 30 minutes and how much you left on course. Unsurprisingly the earliest to return, Emily, Kevin and Liz all left nearly 1/2 a KM on course.
Finally, a big thank you to Ian Robinson for volunteering to time the event and hence enabling it to take place. There were also lots of other volunteers whose services we didn’t need (Ian volunteered earliest) but we will ask for assistance in future challenges and handicaps.
November 2018’s 30 minute challenge, saw a slight route variation – up the path, past Tesco’s, right onto Lee Lane, then left onto Church Lane and for those who got far enough, onto the (vaguely muddy) Test Way path to Mill Lane.
September’s 30 minute challenge might have been a bit easier than the previous event in July, in that we were allowed to run with devices uncovered so we could see our pace and also when 15:00 was up, if that’s when you wanted to turn around, so would we go further than last time? Continue reading →
1 – a new route, heading out towards the Lakes, along Mill Lane.
2 – This was a ‘blind’ challenge, runners covered their watches up at the start and therefore had to gauge their pace, distance covered and when to turn around to ensure they got back within the 30:00 limit – there was a prize for the person who finished closest too, but under 30:00. Continue reading →
The now established 30 minute challenge followed the usual format, route decided upfront by Matt, start at 12:15:00 by the Bollard. Run as far as you want, but at some point you need to turn around and head back. If you fail to get back inside 30:00 you are not given a distance.