Imagine in lockdown there’s a way to still run and be together and raise a bit of cash for a good cause.
There virtually is!
With races cancelled all over the world due to Corona virus restrictions virtual races have popped up all over. Wolverhampton has seen the Turkey Trot come to an astonishing close on 20th December.
A mixture of elite athletes, runners, joggers and walkers all taking part in an imaginary course set over 5 miles. Concept Recruitment’s Chris Short and Avara Foods Account Manager Kellie Green teamed up with Artist and runner Adam Guy and Wolves and Bilston’s Richard Preston to develop a race that lasted 3 weeks.
There were 2 ways to enter:
1. Run on a 5-mile GPS route set up for you to follow virtually, taking you around the canals of Wolverhampton.
2. or run 5 miles anywhere in the world and send in a photo of your time!
Most people went out and ran by themselves or kept to government guidelines of 6 people. All participants were asked to donate £5 to run,or £10 if they wanted a T-Shirt, designed by Adam Guy. The proceeds went to The Well, a food bank in Wolverhampton that helps to provide food to people that may be struggling.
Avara Foods donated a turkey to The Well for every runner that took part. Runners were asked to send a picture of their activity on their apps to show they had done the 5 miles. Many took part by walking or running in what became a very popluar event. Runners from various parts of the UK, and even one from USA, took part and sent in their pictures.
See some of the many pictures below.
Facts – £3000 worth of turkeys donated. £2558.74 in donations directly to The Well.
We’ve had several hundred participants from the age of 11 up to 75.
Ladies race was won by Great Britain International Amelia Samuels in 28 mins and the Men’s was won by Wolves and Bilston’s promising young 800m runner Jack Bonser in the excellent time of 26 mins.
Thank you and well done to everyone who took part.
Full results table: