Here's the final graph, hope it's reasonably clear, if a bit busy! We had a wonderful turnout for the challenge, so there's a lot of blobs and lines up there
More details can be viewed on the spreadsheet here:
As previously, I calculated each individual's pace in minutes/km, and from those I derived the weekly change in pace in seconds/km. I generated a graph of those data, as in the screen shot above. I produced a weekly leaderboard, and I also made an overall "best improvement" leaderboard in recognition of the fact that an improvement was not necessarily seen every week - on the main data table I have also indicated in which week these "bests" were achieved. People were running different distances, and I have not attempted to correct the data for this, so do bear that in mind when looking at the results - and to complicate things further we did have some changes of routes within the challenge On some days some people ran distances slightly different from those originally stated (e.g. 8.04 km instead of 8), so I corrected their results to reflect this. Additionally, some of you gave me Strava's calculation of best effort as their result.
We had originally 17 people sign up, although 4 never posted results for one reason or another (hope all is going well for those four!). APScotland entered a 5K and a 10K route, so we ended up with 14 challengers in total - 8 5K runs, 4 10K, 1 8K and 1 8-miler (13.32k in the spreadsheet to keep it metric).
Most people got off to a great start, particularly marco83, BLEWI, and Macmac - thanks, guys, for setting the bar high! Some struggled a little at first, but seriously - I have been amazed by how everyone has coped this month because most of you were dealing with some crazy warm temperatures!
Throughout the rest of the challenge people really dug deep and produced some glorious upward trends in their results. My hat is deeply doffed to Tbae, C3PO, and Langley-Loper, and also BLEWI in the first three weeks, for your magnificent improvements through the month. Tbae in particular - you have been so so determined to hit your goal! You can't go wrong with that attitude, well done. Others had more modest (apparently - remember that the results are not strictly comparable), but still great, successes. I know that many of you have really enjoyed the challenge, and it's been a joy to behold.
But finally, and I'm sure you can all see it, but what about that runningnearbeirut??? This is a truly magnificent result, and I hope you continue to have fun running faster!!
Well done to 'beirut, and to everyone who took part!! Thank you so much for joining the challenge, it's been a pleasure having you! Sorry I haven't namechecked everyone here, but know that I think that you are all AWESOME!!!
I propose an Autumn Speed Challenge for October, and I hope to see you all there! With the cooler autumn temperatures I am predicting something rather spectacular 🤩