Leeds Junior Clubs Virtual Races 2020

Based on two proposals from Salman Shamim of Pudsey and Bramley A C.

 

Third races 13 to 18 August 2020 - hill reps challenge - run for altitude gained

 

Results

 

There were 7 clubs (44 runners) in the older age category (school years 7 and above) and 8 clubs (65 runners) in the younger age category (school years 6 and below)

 

Results for older age category: Individual Heights / Club Scores  (Excel files) - winning club Skyrac AC

Results for younger age category: Individual Heights / Club Scores   (Excel files) - winning club Abbey Runners

The other clubs taking part were Leeds City, Otley AC, Pudsey & Bramley AC, South Leeds Lakers, St Theresa's AC and Valley Striders

 

Competition Information

 

We have a British Athletics / RunBritain permit for our virtual race, the permit number is 2020-40947.

 

All entries must be via your club team manager.

 

The run must be between Thursday 13 August 00:01 and Tuesday 18 August 23:59.  We have given a longer timescale for running

·         to give a better chance of those on holiday to complete a run (although they could do the run while on holiday!)

·         to give opportunities to do a re-run in case of technical problems

·         to give opportunities for those who don't own suitable technology to borrow from someone

 

Runners use a slope, hill or steps in their local area that will be safe to run up and, in particular, down. 

 

The challenge is to do hill reps, i.e. for each ascent always use the same start and finish points, and on the descent return to the same initial start point.

 

Juniors in school years 6 and below run for 8 minutes; juniors in school years 7 and above run for 12 minutes.

 

When the time limit is reached, the runner should NOT stop their watch, but should return to the start  i.e. if they are on an uphill then turn immediately and run down, if on a downhill continue the downhill. They should stop their watch when they reach the original start point.

 

The run should be timed and the height gained measured using a GPS watch (e.g. Garmin or Fitbit) or an app on a Smartphone (e.g. Strava).  If using an app that records moving time and total elapsed time, it is the elapsed time that must be used, if you stop for a rest then it will be included in your time.  Note that these devices and apps automatically ignore the descents from their height calculation.

 

The runner should then submit their total height gained and total elapsed time (which includes the extra time to return to the start) to their club coach

 

A query has been raised doubting the accuracy of height measurements from some devices.  If your device reports the height gained immediately after your run, this is OK.  But if you have to wait for your app to process it, it may be that it is not using the altitudes from your device; instead it is recalculating it from its database.  If the latter (or if you are not sure), then we recommend you use the low-tech method described in the next paragraph.

 

For those not having access to such technology, then just use a stopwatch as follows

·         Decide on the hill that you're going to run and decide on a start point and finish point that can easily be identified on a satellite map e.g. a road junction or a building at the end of a row.

·         Go onto a mapping website e.g. www.mapmyrun.com  and "measure" your route by creating a route using the app.  There may be an option to include height/altitude, if so click on this.  Save the route, then when you view it, it should show the altitude gained (or the lowest and highest altitudes, then you'll have to do the subtraction)

·         For the run, run up and down until the watch reaches 8 (or 12) minutes, do not stop your watch, continue to complete the rep i.e. if on an uphill, continue to the top and return to the bottom, if on a downhill continue to the bottom. (NB this is slightly different from the tech method.

·         The runner should then submit their lap height, number of laps and total elapsed time to their club coach

 

Safety rules and guidelines

·         the run must adhere to the current government Coronavirus guidelines on the date of the run

·         the route must be on a type of terrain on which the child has previous experience of running, in particular such that the child is confident when running downhill

·         the route for all but the oldest children must be traffic-free

·         whatever route is chosen, beware of pedestrians, dogs, bicycles and vehicles

·         the route for all but the oldest children must be in sight of the parent at all times

·         children running out-of-sight must carry “in-case-of-emergency” contact information

·         the run should be at a time of day when the route is not likely to be very busy

·         the parent should carry first aid

 

Send your result to your team manager by Wednesday 19 August 9pm

 

Second races 11 and 12 July 2020

 

Results

 

There were 7 clubs (40 runners) in the older age category (school years 7 and above) and 8 clubs (55 runners) in the younger age category (school years 6 and below)

 

Results for older age category: Individual Distances / Club Scores  (Excel files) - winning club Pudsey & Bramley

Results for younger age category: Individual Distances / Club Scores   (Excel files) - winning club Abbey Runners

The other clubs taking part were Leeds City, Otley AC, Skyrac AC, St Theresa's AC, Valley Striders and Wetherby Runners

 

Competition Information

 

We have a British Athletics / RunBritain permit for our virtual race, number 2020-40869.

 

All entries must be via your club team manager.

 

The run must be between Saturday 11 July 6am and Sunday 12 July 6pm

 

Juniors in school years 6 and below record how far they run in 10 minutes; juniors school years 7 and above record how far they run in 15 minutes

 

Any route may be used

·         the route must not be predominantly downhill

·         laps are allowed, indeed laps are preferred as this makes for a safer route

 

The run should be timed and measured using a GPS watch (e.g. Garmin or Fitbit) or an app on a Smartphone (e.g. Strava).  If using an app that records moving time and total elapsed time, it is total elapsed time that should be reported

 

For those not having access to such technology, then just use a stopwatch as follows

·         Prior to the run, go onto a mapping website e.g. www.mapmyrun.com  and choose a lap in a park of between 500 and 800 metres then "measure" this using the app.

·         For the run, run laps until the watch goes past 10 (or 15) minutes, then complete the lap you are on, stopping your watch at the end of the extra part lap.

·         Send the lap length, number of laps run and total time to your team manager - they will calculate the distance run in 10 (or 15) minutes.

 

Safety rules and guidelines

·         the run must adhere to the current government Coronavirus guidelines on the date of the run

·         the route must be on a type of terrain on which the child has previous experience of running

·         the route for all but the oldest children must be traffic-free

·         whatever route is chosen, beware of pedestrians, dogs, bicycles and vehicles

·         the route for all but the oldest children must be in sight of the parent at all times

·         children running out-of-sight must carry “in-case-of-emergency” contact information

·         the run should be at a time of day when the route is not likely to be very busy

·         the parent should carry first aid

 

Send your result to your team manager by Sunday 12 July 9pm

 

First races 6 and 7 June 2020

 

There were 6 clubs (47 runners) in the older age category (school years 7 and above) and 7 clubs (70 runners) in the younger age category (school years 6 and below)

 

Results for older age category: Individual Distances / Club Scores  (Excel files) - winning club Pudsey & Bramley

Results for younger age category: Individual Distances / Club Scores   (Excel files) - winning club Abbey Runners

The other clubs taking part were Leeds City, Otley AC, Skyrac AC, St Theresa's AC and Valley Striders

 

Trophies (real ones not virtual ones) (click on them for larger image)