Hello again amazing HM-ers!!!
★ How are you getting on?
Please tell us all about it! We love hearing from you 😍😍😍.
I’ve had two live events cancelled this year - one in April and one in May. It’s not looking too good for real half marathons this spring, so today we wanted to tell you a bit more about our plans for The Virtual HU HM spring 2021.
The official event date and start time for the virtual HUHM spring 2021 will be:
Sunday 28th March at 9.30am
If you can make that date and time, you will have the added boost of knowing we are all on the start line together. We realise that might not work for everyone, so in order to give greater flexibility we will accept runs from any point during that week of Mon 22nd - Sun 28th March. EDIT: date change (well all the biggest events have changed their dates - why not us too?) - the main event will be on Sunday 28th March as originally planned but will remain open until Sat 3rd April rather than being open the week before).
Anywhere you like (so long as you don’t breach any lockdown rules in your local area)!!!
★ How will it work?
Record your run as normal using your watch or your phone app - whatever you would do on a training run. This will be the official record of your run. You can submit your time and run report to HU after the event.
We will rank everyone - based on how close your finish time is to a random time we will generate (in a fair and impartial manner) after all results are in!!! Massive kudos to the winner!
We will create a VRB HUHM Spotify playlist - which you can take or leave depending on your listening preferences!
We also hope to provide a unique audio soundtrack for your run! At this point please don’t think West End Musical, think amateur dramatics. This won’t be in the league of the virtual London Marathon app or the virtual Winter Run app; it will be no rival to a Nike Run Club guided run! But it might be fun and it will most certainly be a distraction!!!
We are currently planning to set this up using an app called RunGO (unless anyone knows of a better solution to provide a soundtrack which is distance activated); the RunGo app is absolutely free and you won’t need to register an account or hand over any personal details to access it - but you will need to run with your phone. It will aim to take you round a well known Half Marathon course, with added soundbites to make it a ‘unique HU experience’.
★ What do you need to do right now?
We want to ask three things of you:
Keep training - of course!
Let us have the names of just two music tracks that you would like featured in the playlist (track name and artist please). Pop these suggestions in the comments below or send me a message via the HU chat facility.
Give us a ‘sound bite’ suggestion for the soundtrack. Something to keep your VRB going!!! This should take about 10-15 seconds to read aloud; it may be a ‘funny’, or a motivational tip, or something you like to remind yourself of about your running form, or maybe a mantra, or a helpful bribe to get you through the tough times …. anything you can think of that might help a fellow VRB make it to the finish line in one piece, feeling strong! Rather than putting these ideas in the comments below, please could you send them directly to me as a message via the HU chat facility? Send as many thoughts as you like!!!
The aim is that we all be running this event together, in as far as possible. Sharing the same experience. It might not work, but let’s give it a try!!! If anyone has any additional suggestions do let us know!
In the meantime, keep training, keep having fun and let us have your suggestions !!!
roseabi & linda9389 xxx
February 12th, 2021
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