There are several virtual races coming up during the next few weeks.  To take part in these, you generally need a GPS running watch, and a Strava or Garmin account.  The latter is free, although unfortunately GPS watches are not!  You complete your run in a socially distanced manner, and then upload your time.  Entry is often free, and sometimes there is the opportunity to make a donation to charity.  A virtual race is effectively a time trial, but with an edge to it because your aim is to get as high up the leader board as you can.  Some events are open to juniors – this usually requires a parent to accompany the athlete.  Explore the links below to find out more about three of the virtual races that are coming up over the next few weeks:


England Athletics Virtual 5k Road Running Championships

Date: 11th – 13th July

Enter by: 10th July


Age Groups: 16 and older.  Both women’s and men’s categories incorporate: U17, U20, U23, SEN, V35, V40, V45, V50, V55, V60, V65, V70, V75, V80, V85 and V90.


Bedfordshire AAA 10k Virtual Race

Date: 13th June – 19th July

Enter by: Not specified


Age Groups: 15 and older 


Weekly 30 Running Challenge

Date: Ongoing (every weekend)

Enter by: N/A


Age Groups: 11 and older 

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