Greener Miles Running Virtual Lockdown Challenge: 50K Time Trial

Race report by Caro Fentiman

I stumbled across Greener Miles Running on Strava – an environmentally friendly trail running event company based in Gateshead that has been organising weekly lockdown events attracting almost a thousand runners across the North-East.

This week Alnwick Harriers entered a team for the 50k Time Trial. Teams of 10, including at least 5 women, had to run 50k as fast as possible. To keep it simple, each team member ran 5k, with runners keeping close to home and following social distancing rules. I’ve been doing laps of my back lane so I can keep an eye on the kids, but other Harriers managed to escape a little further from their front door and enjoy the bright Northumberland weather.

Out of an impressive 95 teams, the Alnwick Harriers team consisting of Lisa Baston, Kim Bronze, Jo Clemmit, Tania Conway, Caro Fentiman, Linda Patterson, Ruary Slater, Ian Stephenson, Mark Tyler and Diana Weightman came in 56th, with a time of 4 hours 22 minutes 40 seconds. The winning time was 3 hours 8 minutes and 30 seconds, with the final team coming in at just under five and a half hours.

Whilst running can be an escape for many of us from the noise in our lives and in our heads, there is something lovely about being part of a running community, and virtual events such as these have enabled people to belong to something bigger than their isolated runs.

The next Greener Miles event is The Big One starting at 5pm on Friday 22nd May. Teams of at least 10 need to run for 24 hours in total: the biggest cumulative distance wins. If you’d like to be involved please email me on carofentiman@gmail.com and let me know the longest time that you’d be prepared to run for in 24 hours. I’ll send out team details on Thursday 21st May.

Caro Fentiman 17.05.20

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