It's been ages and i'm dreadfully out of touch aGain, i do hope everyone's super fine and dandy .... i wanted you to see this ... i simply LOVE the concept ....
The first of these races was run this year and the second will be in May 2015. The link has all the details.
It's a World Race! Something like 40 locations so those of us in France, Sweden, Norway, Australia, Ireland, USA, even Chile is on the list, can all start running at the same time on the same day in the same race! How fanTastic is that?
There are two more things about it that i totally love:
a) the UK one starts by running the racing track at Silverstone (some of you might remember the Sunday running routes i'd been plotting to mimic the Formula 1 venue of the weekend ... still doing that, figured you'd all got bored of my attempts tho so haven't posted )
b) it is a 100km course with a moving finish line SO there are 30 mins after the start (same moment in time everywhere, so some races will be very early morning, others during the night) where the runners remain undisturbed and THEN, globally, same rules everywhere, they start a car following ... it is restricted to 15km per hour for the first 30 mins, then increases to 16, 17 etc until it takes a leap to 35 kms/hr. Each runner is wearing an electronic chip and is eliminated as the chaser car passes them (you then walk on to catch a shuttle bus which picks up every 5kms to return to the start point). The 2 winners in the whole wide world will be the only ones left running! One man, one woman ...
What i love is that a beginner runner, say at the level i am now, will finish 8.5km before they get caught by the car and eliminated. Equally, you could run a marathon distance if you could finish it in 3 hours and a fair bit. The winners last year ran 78 or so kilometres before they were caught!
You may have guessed by my enthusing ... i'm IN! Registered! I had to - it will be one year exactly since i started running/stopped smoking plus it's @ Silverstone (fulfilling one little dream to run on a race track) and i'm aiming to complete one quarter of the course ie, 25km!
Oh and yes, the other brilliant thing is that every cent, peseta and pence of the entry fee (which is different in each country) goes to the charity Wings for Life, spinal cord injury research ..... Red Bull are covering the costs of administrating the event.
Anyway, i thought you might like to know, just in case it appeals to anyone
Right then, i'm on a mission, as we all are - all the very best everybody and cool runnings to you!!!