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Virtual Race Report: April 2015

Last month saw yet another exciting month of Virtual Running, as we enjoyed our first Virtual Marathon, celebrated a new Men’s 5K Record, and waited with bated breath for the results of the closest battle yet between UK Run Chat’s #TeamRed and #TeamBlue.

Despite many of you being unable to take part in some of last month’s races due to running in and training for your spring marathons,  we still clocked up an amazing 93 entries in April, with 13 new entrants taking us to a total of 158 runners this year so far.

Many of you celebrated new Personal Bests or ran your first 5K, 10K, Half Marathons and Marathons this month and we congratulate you all for your amazing achievements. In particular though, we would like to congratulate Richard Davies for setting an outstanding new Virtual Running 5K record of 16:55.

For many of you though, perhaps the most exciting part of last month’s Virtual Race Series was the competition between UK Run Chat’s #teamred and #teamblue runners.

With #teamblue dominating the competition for the first quarter of the year, winning 6 out of 8 UK Run Chat Races, the word on Twitter was that #teamred were out to redress the balance in April.

As well as winning the Half Marathon Race for the second month in a row, #teamred celebrated with first place positions from Tim Gray, Richard Wilcox and Ian Robertson in the 5K, 10K and Half Marathon respectively.

However, it wasn’t quite enough to beat #teamblue in the 10K as, with 6 blue runners to red’s 5, the Blues pipped the Reds at the post with their 3rd consecutive 10K win.

But perhaps the most exciting race of the month was the UK Run Chat 5K. While #teamred didn’t quite pull off the win they were looking for, they were able put an end to #teamblue’s clean sweep. turning the results table an interesting shade of purple with the Reds and the Blues winning 137 points apiece.

As always, we would like to thank all of who took part in this month’s virtual races and we hope that you will join us again soon for some more virtual running.

If you would like to join the fun and take part in any of this month’s Virtual Races, please click here for more information.

Happy Running!

 

 

Celebrating Success!

As we embark on our second year of virtual running, we wanted to take a moment to say thank you to everyone who has taken part in our virtual races in 2014 and, in particular, to celebrate your achievements for the past year.

The main purpose of Virtual Running UK is to encourage people to run regularly and to celebrate progress and personal achievements. That’s why, every month, we offer free virtual races to anyone who wants to take part. We do, of course, offer medals for those of you who want to earn some race bling for your collection, but the most important thing is that you take part, celebrate and enjoy your running.

Our annual points competition is designed with that in mind – to reward those of you who run regularly by allocating points to everyone for every race that they run. And so, without further ado, here are the results of the 2014 Virtual Running UK Points Competition:

2014 Points Competition

Female

1st Place – Lindsey Williams
2nd Place – Lisa Myers
3rd Place – Fiona Cunningham

Male

1st Place – Tony Livesey
2nd Place – Jason Chan
3rd Place – Andrew Eastwood

We would like to congratulate all of our winners for an amazing year of running, with PBs achieved and new distances conquered!

In particular, however, we want to give a special mention our overall winner, Lindsey Williams, who accumulated a massive 669 points over 15 races. As well as improving her 5K time from 32:00 to 24:32, and her 10K time from 55:54 to 53:28, Lindsey also took part in a half-marathon race with a time of 2:30:00, proving that hard work and consistency really do pay off!

5K Challenge Competition

We also introduced an extra competition in the Autumn, for the most improved 5K medal runner from October to December, and again saw some fantastic results! Congratulations go to…

1st Place – Fiona Sefton
Fiona has been running with us since May and is a regular participant in our weekly blog hop. She achieved a time of 30:48 in December, an improvement of 59 seconds from her November race, making her the most improved 5K medal runner for the final quarter of the year, and earning her the 1st place prize of a brand new 7″ Android Tablet.

2nd Place – Annie Jenkin 
Annie has taken part all three 5K virtual races over the last three months, with 5K times of 25:27 and 25:30 for October and November, and a final time of 24:40 in December, earning her a free entry to this month’s medal race.

3rd Place – Rosalind Murch
Rosalind joined Virtual Running UK in November and got off to a great start with a time of 33:36, which she improved by 47 seconds in December. We look forward to seeing her progress further in the months to come and she has also won a free medal entry for January.

4th Place – Miriam Woodcraft 
Miriam has been a regular participant, running in every 5K race since she joined us in August with a 5K time of 37:59. Since then, she has achieved a Virtual Running PB of 34:12, showing that running regularly really does make a difference! She also wins a free entry to January’s medal race.

Finally, we want to congratulate and thank all of you who have taken part in our virtual races this year. It has been an amazing first year for Virtual Running and it wouldn’t have happened without your participation, so thank you and here’s to another great year of running in 2015!

If you would like to know more about this month’s virtual races, please click here.

Sign Up For The Santa Shuffle

It’s that time of year again, when town centres throughout the world suddenly find themselves draped in sparkling lights and festive cheer to welcome the throngs of seasonal shoppers out to bag themselves a Christmas bargain.

In recent years, however, it’s not just the Christmas consumers who have been crowding out our town centres, as many towns, cities and even the smallest of villages have seen a rise in the number of runners, adorned with red suits and white beards, dashing through the streets in their hundreds for some festive running fun.

But despite the increasing popularity of these festive fun runs, there are still some corners if the land where Santa doesn’t run. So, to make sure that no-one misses out, we are hosting a Virtual Santa Shuffle to help spread the Christmas cheer.

Whether you are running on your own, with friends, at your favourite parkrun or with your local running club, anyone can join our Santa Shuffle. To enter, simply follow the steps below:

  • Fill out the ‘Santa Shuffle’ PayPal form (top right)
  • We will send you a registration number (if you don’t already have one)
  • Run any distance you like (red suit and beard are optional!)
  • Email us with evidence of your completed distance and time
  • Receive your medal in the post

You can run any distance you like, but if you choose 5K, 10K or a half-marathon, your result will automatically be entered into this month’s virtual race, giving you the chance to win some valuable points for this year’s points competition.

So what are you waiting for? Get yourself registered, grab your beard and bag some bling for Chirstmas!