The ongoing global situation with the coronavirus pandemic has created so many challenges for so many people.
What has emerged is a stronger sense of community on almost every scale. What we’ve seen across our own Centurion Community is a pulling together even more than before.
We have started our 2020 season in an almost unimaginable way. By postponing or cancelling over half of our scheduled events for the year. The impacts on everyone involved are tremendous. But we want to try to do the best we can for everybody, to try to offer our community a way to engage around event but recognising that we can’t do that in person right now. It is extremely important for many of us to have a focus - and our hope is that our One Community event will hopefully provide many of you with that, whilst also offering a chance to involve a wider range of runners than we would traditionally be able to through our regular events.
As a result we have set up the Centurion Running One Community virtual event, to take place over the last week in May. This will be the first time we have organised anything like this and we hope it will help bring everybody together behind a shared focus, achieving so much positive interaction along the way.
Centurion Running One Community is a virtual event which takes place over 7 days, starting at 0001 GMT on Monday 25th May and ending at midnight GMT on Sunday 31st May 2020. The event is for everybody, anywhere in the world, of any age.
You can select any of the target distances you wish from the below, and run that distance in one go, or cumulatively, over the course of the week.
You will be able to submit results in any format via the button at the top of the page. Enter the time and day on which you started your first run, and then the finish time of your final run. If you do the distance in one go, then the start and finish time of that one run. The system will then calculate your overall time.
The results will show in order of cumulative time, and by category. Categories include gender and age groups. However the primary objective is to complete the challenge you set for yourself and to engage with your friends, family and the Centurion Community by sharing your journey along the way. Age Categories are available all the way from Under 5's to Vet 90!
You must submit your results via the link above before 0001 GMT on Monday 1st June 2020.
Runner A - Louis is 6 years old and running the 5km: Louis is running the 5km, but does so at 1km a day over six days, with a day off in the middle. His cumulative time will be 6:00:00:00 and he will feature in the 5km under 7s category.
Runner B - Nici, 41 years old, running the 5km: Nici wants to try to run the fastest time she can, and nails a 25 minute 5km. Her cumulative time will be 0:00:25:00
Beyond the results/ leaderboard this is about community engagement. We want you to share your runs and journey to your own finish line via any and all channels. You can tag us on facebook, twitter or instagram udner the hashtag #centurioncommunity. Photos are strongly encouraged! We will share what we can and award spot prizes to the best uploads and engagements over the course of the week.
Check out the Community Images page here for all of the shots shared on instagram using the hashtag #centurioncommunity
You can register by clicking on the button linked at the top of this page. Registrations are open until the final minutes of the last day!
During registration you are able to register for just you, or an extended group of family or friends as you wish.
The event is open to everybody no matter your location. We hope to see many international runners taking part.
You can also register for the canicross event - Simply select 'yes' during registration to 'running with a dog?' and you will appear in your age group but also the canicross category.
When you sign up you will need to include a shipping address. We will then post out your medal or buckle to you when you finish your event.
Simply head to the submit results button at the top of the page, and add your details, together with the time you started your first run and the time you finished your (last) run. The system will automatically calculate your finish time and display your result on the leaderboard.
You can run anywhere, anytime. Outside on road, trail, on the treadmill, round your garden, anywhere you like. But please only count sessions where you have actively gone out to add to your distance, not simply steps around the house or as part of your normal day to day movement.
This is an honour based system. If you have a GPX file, link to strava or other training platform then we will ask you to enter that alongside your manual time entry. To be eligible for awards (winners of each distance and each category) you need to upload files as proof of your run(s). However if you don't have access to a watch, phone or other recording device or prefer not to use them - no proof is required to be eligible as a finisher, just enter your times manually.
*Free Entries to those in need or who have been impacted by the ongoing situation. We have set up a ‘Community’ ticket. These are free entries to the One Community event. Runners have emailed us to say that they’d like to contribute to help others who have suffered loss of income as a result of the ongoing crisis. Those people have made donations, which we have in turn matched so that we have an available pool of funds to be allocated to those who can’t afford to take part but would like to. Please email us here to request access to a private registration link. No explanation is required and none will be asked for, if you email (by clicking here) us we will simply send you a link to be able to register just like anybody else, but at no cost.
Centurion Running coaches James Elson and Robbie Britton have recorded a podcast available here, where they discuss the different ways to approach the event, and share some tips and advice of things to consider in planning for and running the event. They focus on the longer distances but there is some food for thought for runners entered into all distances and all abilities.
The two have also put together some sample schedules based around consistency and completing the event as sustainably as possible for the 50 mile and 100 mile distances which are availble here (50 mile) and here (100 mile).