Ludlow 10, an annual 10km race through Ludlow’s medieval streets is not able to go ahead this year due to the restrictions in place around the Covid-19 outbreak. The race, which attracted nearly 400 runners last year, would have been the fourth Ludlow 10.
However, organisers are determined to keep their runners motivated by turning it in to a virtual experience. They will be awarding medals for 10km runs carried out at any time and place over the weekend of 11 and 12 July when the race was due to take place.
BeEndurance, who also run the Storm the Castle duathlon is organising the event.. Matt Green from BeEndurance is encouraging people to sign up now. He comments, “We were devastated to have to cancel the event as it has gained such a loyal following over the last few years. Many people are in need of positive goals to work towards right now, so we decided to create a virtual race where the runners’ hard work can still be recognised and awarded with our medals.”
Matt adds, “The beauty of the virtual race is that runners can complete their 10km run anywhere they like – on roads, trails or even on a treadmill. All we ask is that runners abide by government guidelines regarding travel, exercise and social distancing.”
The event is open to all to sign up for, and participants must register in advance. Mike says, “This is a great way to stay in shape whilst raising money for a worthy cause.” The cost is £10 per person and all profits will be donated to a local NHS charity. BeEndurance will provide coaching plans to help get runners in shape for the 10km, and they will be asking runners to use a sports timing software to track their run, which will collate all of the results.