Last year an intrepid Croft Team of ten runners took part in the real Cotswold Way Relay covering almost 103 miles (and 11,600 feet of elevation) of the Cotswold Way in 10 Stages from Chipping Camden to Bath. 100 teams from around the country competed in this well-established Relay race with each runner started their designated Leg of between 7.2 and 12.6 miles exactly on the hour from 6am – 3pm.
This year, Wye Valley Runners proposed running the Legs virtually with each individual runner in a team of 10 running the actual distance of the real CWR Legs wherever, whenever and how high they wanted within the designated time frame.
This was a local event with 11 teams in total (5 Wye Valley Runners, 4 Hereford Tri Club and 2 Croft teams). There was some overlap in runners with 4 of our CARC runners competing for the Tri Club as we came slightly late to the table (but we forgive them – especially the two who ran so well for our CARC team!).
Perhaps, we were not as competitive as we could have been due to the elevation we all decided to cover, but our Croft Team 1 still came in a very reputable 4th and Team 2 came 7th. Between our two teams we covered almost 206 miles and over 21,000 feet in 31 and a half hours! To reward all our climbing, WVR have nominated both teams for their Virtual Elevation prize! Well done to all who entered and hope you had fun.
CARC Silly Virtual Prizes
Just for fun, I thought we should have our own (silly) virtual prizes to honour those who chose to represent their teams so selflessly. Nominations/awards have been completely random, biased and unapologetically unprofessional and are not open to appeal!
Tim Jones: Wild man of Herefordshire selfie.
Katie B: most lopsided glamorous selfie
Simon B: most intense selfie (with a quiff)
Sam J: cutest dog (non) selfie!
Winner: The dog
John Jasper: Best mid-run conversion in a panic (km to miles)
Hannah J : Remembering designateddistances (tip – write it on your hand like John)
Eric A: Crazy climber award
Simon N : Flattest off-road route
Tory : Into a headwind route
Steph King: most random route
Mike P: running a snail route
Winner: Eric Apperley
Alice – Second attempt (for the best club this time!) and a PB!
Kelly – Doubling up – running twice in one day.
And the rest …
Neil: Substitution award (for pinching his wife’s spot in the event)
Sam, Sue & Liza: Chattiest runners or we ‘are all mates together’award
Toby: Taking it easy award (running with the gang)
Lucy : Self-defence on a run (bravely defending herself against an enormous, fierce Rhodesian ridgeback!)
Winner: Lucy W
|Virtual Position||Team||Total Time (hours)|
|2||HTC Team Lawson||12.57.43|
|3||HTC Team Jones||13.50.15|
|4||Croft Team One||14.59.53|
|7||Croft Team Two||16.32.07|
|8||HTC Team Taylor||16.46.45|
|10||HTC Team Gibbons||16.53.57|
|Croft Team 1||distance (miles)||elevation (feet)||time|
|Croft Team 2||distance (miles)||elevation (ft)||time|