If you want to give your running some focus this Spring-Summer, why not enter our Race Series?
Don’t be intimidated by the word ‘race’, this series is inclusive of all levels of runners and speeds. Our series is about helping you to develop as a runner by providing targets to work towards. And there are prizes.
We will award both the overall winner of the series AND the most consistent runner who has attended the most events.
Prize for the lowest score over the first six races include a £50 gift voucher from Run Store, Brighton and a Girls Run the World hoodie.
Prize for the lowest overall score, a treatment voucher with Body Rehab Studios, and a Girls Run the World hoodie.
There are 20 events to choose from. You must participate in SIX to be part of the Race Series, which can be ANY of these listed.
We award points depending on your position in the event. If you come 1st out of all the Girls Run the World runners taking part you get 1 point, 6th you get 6 points, 11th gets 11 points and so on. If you happen to be the ONLY GRTW runner taking part, you get one point. The winning runner at the end of the series is the runner with the lowest score out of their best 6 races.
However, there is also a prize for the runner who scores the lowest out of all 20 races. If you miss a race you will be penalised 30 points so the more races you enter, the lower your overall score will be.
So to be clear, there are 2 competitions
for the lowest score out of your best 6 races
for the lowest score over all the races in the series
The Girls Run the World event series is open to any woman in the local area, regardless of whether you are part of another running community – this is about bringing as many women together through running to share inspiration, motivation and challenges. The only thing we ask is that you register to take part and record each of your events as GRTW Race Series on Strava so we can track your results.
This May saw the launch of our inaugural, Chase the Hare 4 mile off road event and we had over 14 runners taking part. Each had to give us their best 5km time, then we gave everyone a handicap. Slower runners set off first with a head-start, then others went off after them. On coach Tara’s calculations, this meant that almost all runners should finish around the same time. Except…as you get closer to other runners, the aim is to overtake and avoid being overtaken. It was a fantastic fun event (also part of our adventure series) and we had Sarah and Laura join us from Burgess Hill. First in for this race was Claire Hopkins, who stormed into the finish (well done, you win 25% off the cost of one of our running courses) but first in of those taking part in our Race Series was Sally Crundwell who is edging her way into the lead on the Race Series. Don’t forget, it is not to late to join. There are plenty of events coming up and you could still be in with a chance of our prize. For you actual finish times, please click here
Report from Event Three Bluebell 10km and 10 miles
While some of us ran the London marathon, some of the rest of our crew had their own challenge with the beautiful 10km or 10 mile off road race through the bluebell woods of Angmering. Now a regular fixture on our yearly calendar, it sells out every year so make sure you book it as soon as it goes on sale. It was a beautiful morning and fantastic race and the Girls in the World crew were well represented with over 15 runners taking part.
Once again, Irene came first out of the GRTW race series contestants over 10 miles while Marie took 1st in the 10km. And Sally continues to improve her speed (astounding improvement this year) and came in second.
Report from Event Two Preston Park Parkrun
Race 2 of our Race Series was Preston Park parkrun. Irene was first home out of the GRTW runners in 25.03 just 3 seconds slower than her Hove Park time a few weeks ago. Marine Turner entered the series and finished in second, with Sally & Sacha in 3rd and 4th. With plenty of runs to come its not too late to register or to complete your first run. Its your best 6 races to score so you only have to complete 6 to be in with a chance. But if you want to have a crack at the lowest score overall then you need to enter as many races as possible.
Report from Event One
Our GRTW race series kicked off on Saturday March 11th with 5 of our participants attending event one, the Hove Park parkrun. First to finish out of the GRTW runners was Irene with an impressive time of 25 minutes, Jo S. was second and Sally third with a massive PB of 25.53 (a full 1 minute 23 second improvement!). Helen also achieved a PB by default as it was her first time out on this course and Marie also improved her PB at this parkrun.
A 30 point penalty has been added to all non attenders. Don’t worry though, you won’t be the only person not to attend an event as the series continues. We have a prize for the lowest score over the total number of races in the series (so make sure you attend as many races as possible to keep your score low) as well as the lowest score over your six best events.
We removed the Mel’s Milers race as it was closed for entry but the next race is Preston Park parkrun on 15th April, closely followed by the GRTW favourite the Angering Bluebell run on 23rd April. It’s not too late to join in, just go to http://girlsruntheworld.co.uk/grtw-race-series/ to register.