The “Spring Special” challenge is something muddy and hilly and long-distance as an antidote to Everchops. Apparently not everybody is a middle-distance speed demon! So I give you the “Spring Special”, with a bit of navigation thrown in. It is simply this – whoever accumulates the most mileage on the OFFICIAL ROUTE of the Cotswold Way during April and May will win.
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To make it worthwhile I’m going down into my cellar for this one and dusting off some decent stuff and will provide a case of 6 bottles of red, white or mixed as preferred by the winner*. Walk it or run it. Winner takes all.
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*non-alcoholic alternative available
You will need to keep a log of your runs (dates and miles) and send it to me every Friday through April and May so that I can validate on Strava. As ever, no ifs, no buts, no excuses, if it ain’t on Strava then it didn’t happen.
This is a great opportunity to get some training in for the Cotswold Way Relay in June. You can run N to S or S to N and if you do an out-and-back then mileage will count in both directions. It does NOT have to be on different parts of CW, you can repeat sections…but to be safe and to prevent someone doing reps along Parsonage Street, I’m going to put a minimum stipulation of 3 miles per run to qualify!
This won’t appeal to everyone, but don’t worry there will still be “normal” monthly challenges suitable for all. It starts on Sunday 1st April and finishes on Thursday 31st May.
If you have any questions please message me on facebook or email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is a challenge that everybody can do – fast or slow – run, jog or walk.
The Hill Rep Challenge will run from 1st-12th November and to join the ONE HUNDRED CLUB you need to run on at least TEN different days between 1st-12th November and you have to complete 100 hill reps in all. (One rep is up AND back down the hill).
Sound easy? Well 10 reps = 5km so you will be running 50km in total, but there is no prize for speed so you can do it at your own pace; and because it is well lit, and on a dry, smooth, surface you can do it anytime night or day (but please take sensible precautions whenever you do it.) Everybody who runs on at least 10 days out of 12 and completes 100 reps will join the club. Burn some calories before December.
There will be another challenge along for the second half of November.
I thought it was time I updated the website with the October challenge (it is half way through the month after all!)
It’s very simple – two laps of the Golf Course, anti-clockwise, starting and finishing by the clubhouse. Look carefully at the route on the map, I’m not going to give too many directions, it will be up to you to work out your navigation. As long as it is on Strava it counts so feel free to look for as many shortcuts as Strava will let you get away with! (But don’t whinge to me if you try it and it doesn’t count!)
Evenings are drawing in and you’ve got 6 miles to cover so if you want to do it in daylight (recommended) then quicker runners will need to start before 6pm and slower runners will want to be underway by 5.30pm. At the end of the month you will need to go even earlier. You can run it at night with a head-torch if you wish but this is only recommended for experienced and confident runners.
It’s uneven and possibly slippery and some of it is a bit out of the way, so wear appropriate shoes and take appropriate precautions (eg. let someone know when you are going and when you expect to be back, consider carrying a phone, run with a buddy). That’s about it. Have fun and let the doubling commence!
September’s challenge – the Flying Mile is on until the end of September.
The trees are proving a bit of a challenge for satellite accuracy, so once you complete the segment I suggest you carefully cross the junction and go another 100m just to make sure it records you as having completed.