Lockdown challenges for Mighty Greens

Mighty Greens sprint training

Mighty Greens sprint training - Credit: Archant

Keeping the Sidmouth runners up to pace

What does a Mighty Green do in these challenging times? Take on a lockdown challenge, of course.

When lockdown #2 was announced, Sidmouth Running Club chairman, Terry Bewes, was ready.

Challenge 1, aptly named ‘River Deep, Mountain High-but forget the river’, was to see how much elevation you can climb during the lockdown period. You can run as many times as you like, submitting your Strava readings on to the running club’s FB page as proof where Terry can keep a tally.

The challenge is split into male and female categories, and the men were taking the challenge very seriously indeed, with Ross Walton and Antony Hall pulling the stops out and taking part in Climb South West Peak Hill VK Challenge too. This helped Ross to top the leaderboard at the end of week 1 with 10,200 feet of elevation. In second place was Hamish Spence with 5,430 feet and Allan Kay in third place with 4,594 feet of climb.

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The ladies hill climb leader board saw Gail Goldsmith ahead of the field with 4,592 feet of elevation gained, with Jenny Kay, Alexa Baker, Bex McDonald, Jo Earlam and Kerry Salter clocking up over 1,000 feet, and Janice Ranson not far behind.

Challenge 2 was to complete three runs of three miles or more before the following Sunday to get through to the next set of challenges. The 26 runners who took up the challenge posted their runs on to the FB page and, with the exception of two suffering from injury, all went through to face ‘Rock a Bye, By the Bye(s) and Figure of Eight’. Rock a bye included the slopes of Salcombe Hill and Peak Hill, By the Bye(s), was a level 3.5 mile run and Figure of Eight created the Pope’s head on the strava map rather than the number 8.

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Junior head coach, Kerry Boyle, has also set weekly challenges for the younger Mighty Greens to complete.

To see everyone’s FB posts and to be able to interact with them have strengthened the sense of community within the running group, despite the current restrictions. As challenge 2 runner Beccy Johnson said: “The lockdown challenges have been so important to help me feel motivated and to maintain a positive outlook at a tricky time. The support and encouragement of other Sidmouth Running Club runners really helps me get out running.”

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