For week two of the RSE Virtual Lockdown Challenge Series our runners were set a Time Team Challenge. Rather than the traditional speed or distance challenges, our runners were split into two teams and asked to pledge an amount of time they were able to dedicate to their running.
The participating runners were asked to select a fun running record to recreate across the week before each individual pledge was combined to create the team target.
Although the individual team members set their own pledges, it was surprising how close the two teams targets were, with Felicity’s Faculty pledging 54hrs 11mins 6secs and Cheri’s Crew pledging 55hrs 43mins 13secs.
The starter pistol was sounded on Monday morning and the race to the target was on…
The teams were close all week with Wednesday’s update revealing Cheri’s Crew had completed 48% of their target, holding a slender lead over Felicity’s Faculty, who had completed 47%. By Friday, Cheri’s Crew were still holding the lead but the margin was exactly the same – 76% vs 75%.
Saturday lunchtime the race was done, with Cheri’s Crew taking the first victory and achieving their team target time. However, Sunday morning Felicity’s Faculty levelled the playing field by being the first team to have every team member achieve their individual pledges.
With this in mind, there’s only one thing we can do and that’s declare the race an honourable draw…
Report by Kevin Joynes-Creed