Tiree will host ‘virtual’ event for runners

The idea for the virtual event came during discussions at the recent Tiree Fitness winter camp.

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Tiree’s 10k and Half Marathon will run ahead as a virtual event, says its organiser Will Wright.

Hundreds of people had already signed up for the May 2 event  before coronavirus hit and now an alternative challenge means that runners will still be able to take part wherever they are in the world.

‘We’re turning this into a positive. We won’t have to cap numbers and people can join in from wherever they are in the world,’ said Mr Wright – and it means it can take people as long as they like to complete.

There are also plans that runners will all have the same Spotify playlist to keep up their pace.

‘This is obviously a hard time for everyone, but surely as runners we can rise above this and make this something positive,’ said Mr Wright who will be encouraging runners to join the Facebook to share their route and photos on the day.

The idea is that everyone will be ready to run at 2pm on the day from their own starting line.

‘We’ve been running events on Tiree for 14 years; Tiree is a special place and it brings out something special in everyone who braves that start line. For 14 years we’ve had days of sunshine and days of rain, we’ve had headwinds and we’ve had proper Tiree headwinds! Never has it stopped us – so neither will coronavirus.

‘I know we can turn this into something positive and not be beaten,’ added Mr Wright whose business is Tiree Fitness.

The idea for a virtual event came out of discussions among runners at Tiree Fitness winter camp recently.

T-shirts will be sent out beforehand to all participants and there will be prizes for the top finishers but also for those who tell their story and photos they capture en route.

For every runner who takes part, organisers will make a donation to Glasgow City Mission helping the homeless.

To find out more, go to tireefitness.co.uk