BMAF Virtual 5k Relays – Update

Further details on the current status and more information about the event is provided here.

Race entry via https://data.opentrack.run/x/2020/GBR/bmaf-virtual-rr/

As of 13th June, there were more than 3,300 entries, with close to £10,000 raised for MacMillan Cancer Support.

The event celebrates the masters road relay championships at Sutton Park and the 5k championships at Horwich, both of which were cancelled due to coronavirus.

Teams: Entry is FREE to UKA affiliated clubs, with an optional donation to MacMillan Cancer Support charity, for as many UKA-registered masters athletes as they wish. They will be grouped automatically into multiple teams in 10-year age bands (down-aging allowed), based on their ages as of 14th June: M35-44: 6 stages; M45-54, W35-44: 4 stages; M55-64, M65-74; M75+, W45-54, W55-64, W65-74; W75+: 3 stages. Individual entries also welcome from anyone. Entries close on 19th June.

Anyone wishing to Gift Aid their donation should fill out the form here and email a scanned copy of the form to Peter Kennedy, BMAF IT Manager.

The Course: One or more circular or out and back loops totalling 5k. You must be fully aware of the dangers involved in participating and be responsible for your own safety, especially if using public roads. Running on a track is also allowed, but you will have to measure the distance you run on the track itself e.g. 12½ laps of 400m each, because all GPS watches will overstate the distance on a circular track. The evidence of the time achieved can still come from your GPS watch.  

PLEASE ABIDE BY CURRENT LOCAL GOVERNMENT SOCIAL DISTANCING RULES DURING THE COMPETITION.

Submitting Results: Athletes must record their performances using GPS devices and submit evidence with their result submission (via Strava or Garmin Connect) in order to qualify for an award.  Anyone not physically able to do this should contact us.

You or your club entries coordinator can enter your race result online via the link given above in the period 14-20 June. For details of how to provide confirmation of your time refer to the OpenTrack documentation here. If this is not physically possible, then ask someone to witness your “race” and send the Race Secretary an email to confirm your time. The same could apply to someone doing the run on a treadmill, because they are shielding themselves at home due to coronavirus risks or other medical constraints.

Note that record-break performances and personal bests are normally set in safe/supervised conditions, whereas in a virtual event, safety is an individual responsibility and must take precedence over the desire to “win”.

Awards: Certificates to each member of the first three teams in each age group based on sum of times and to the fastest three registered athletes in each age group.  Best 3 age-graded performances to receive a special prize of the book “Chasing Gold”, published by the British Olympic Association in 2005.

There will be subsidiary events for people competing for Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish registered clubs.

Russell McIntyre                                                          Peter Kennedy
BMAF Virtual Racing Secretary                                BMAF IT Manager