England Athletics Virtual Road Relay Competition 2020/21!
*UPDATE 23/03/2021* – Congratulations to Wirral AC who have become the England Athletics Virtual Road Relay Competition champions after their victory against the other Home Nations in our International Round! Click here for details.
At a time when traditional road relays weren’t possible due to Covid-19, England Athletics hosted an exciting free-to-enter virtual road relay running competition to give runners and clubs from across the country the chance to compete against each other… with the finalists getting an opportunity to represent England in a battle for the title against teams from the other Home Countries!
The Virtual Road Relay Competition 2020/21 took place in three rounds across the following dates:
- Round 1: Qualifying Round (Saturday 26 December 2020 – Wednesday 13 January 2021) – click here to view the full list of finishers on OpenTrack
- Round 2: National Round (Wednesday 10 February to Sunday 21 February 2021) – click here to view the full list of finishers on OpenTrack
- Round 3: International Round (19 March 2021 – 22 March 2021) – click here to view a write-up of the final race and result
The competition was open to all England Athletics registered runners aged 15+ and was across a 5-mile race distance. Mixed teams of eight (4 x men / 4 x women) were required to complete legs of five miles per runner.
The competition was hosted via the OpenTrack virtual running platform – with runners able to complete their legs individually (adhering to government and England Athletics guidelines, social distancing and competition rules) and then upload their run data as evidence of their run.
The 50 fastest clubs from the Qualifying Round (Round 1) progressed to the National Round (Round 2), from which the overall winner (Wirral AC) progressed to the International Round (Round 3) – gaining the chance to represent England and compete for the title against teams from the other Home Nations.
Scroll down for more information on the three rounds.
Qualifying Round (Round 1)
In the Qualifying Round (Round 1), clubs could have an uncapped number of their runners enter into the round in order to ensure that as many runners as possible could take part and enjoy the competition. Clubs’ finishing positions were based on the 4 x fastest men and 4 x fastest women from each club.
The Qualifying Round took place during the window of Saturday 26 December 2020 – Wednesday 13 January 2021.
National Round (Round 2)
The 50 fastest clubs from the Qualifying Round progressed to the National Round (Round 2) – which took place between Wednesday 10 February and Sunday 21 February 2021. Clubs that qualified to compete in the National Round were again able to field an uncapped number of their registered runners – with finishing positions based on the 4 x fastest men and 4 x fastest women from each club.
International Round (Round 3)
The winning club from the National Round, Wirral AC, was selected to compete in the International Round – where they competed against the best teams from Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales to be crowned the Virtual Road Relay Competition 2020/21 champions!
Runners MUST ensure they compete in a way that adheres to the letter and spirit of government rules and guidance on social distancing when competing in virtual competition. Stay close to home and consider the time and route you choose in order to minimise the impact on others.
If you are unwell, injured or have any symptoms of Covid-19 or have recently been in contact with someone with symptoms do not take part.
Entrants should understand that when participating in any exercise or exercise programme, physical activity, or virtual competition, that there is the possibility of physical injury to you and others. You should always assess the suitability of the exercise/running location, route and equipment being used in order to ensure no risk is posed to others or yourself. If you engage in a specific exercise or all elements of a programme, physical activity or virtual competition, you agree that you do so at your own risk and you are voluntarily participating in these activities, as well as assuming all risk of injury to yourself. In doing so, you agree to release and discharge England Athletics from any and all claims or causes of action, known or unknown, arising out of the participation in such activity and out of the use of any associated guidance.