The Kesgrave Kruisers Summer Series will run from Friday 5th June to Sunday 12th July. Our teams for the Ellisons Jaffa Virtual Ekiden will be given 5 challenges over 5 weeks leading up to the main event. Teams will be awarded points for participating, and for achieving the best averaged results across each challenge. We have balanced our Ekiden teams as evenly as possible – so competition each week should be interesting!
The challenges we’ve created are explained below. Juniors can complete the same challenges over shorter distances. Teams will be provided with a link to submit their results during the week of the challenge.
Latest results can be found here: https://kesgravekruisers.uk/kkss
Week 1: Run 5 km (2 km for juniors)
How fast can you run 5 km? This is a time trial event; and each team member should run the requested distance in a single activity. The team with the lowest average time wins!
Week 2: Max Elevation
How high can you run in 2 km? This is all about elevation, not speed. Find a nice hill, run up and down it for 2 km, then stop and save your activity. The team with the highest average elevation wins!
Week 3: Cooper Test
How far can you run in 12 minutes? The Cooper Test is a challenge of pacing at your threshold. Run as far as you can for 12 minutes exactly, then stop and save your activity. The team with the highest average distance wins!
Week 4: Steady Pace
How evenly can you run 4 km/miles (2 for juniors)? Your first km/mile is your baseline, and for the subsequent 3 km/mile (1 for juniors) you should try to run the same pace as the first. The team with the lowest average pace deviation wins!
Example: km1 in 6:00, km2 in 6:05 (deviation 5), km3 in 6:10 (deviation 10), km4 in 5:48 (deviation 12)
Week 5: Run 5 mile (2 km for juniors)
How fast can you run 5 mile? This is a time trial event; and each team member should run the requested distance in a single activity. The team with the lowest average time wins!
|1||Run 5 km||Fri 5th June||Thu 11th June||5 km / 3.11 miles||2 km / 1.24 miles|
|2||Max Elevation||Fri 12th June||Thu 18th June||2 km / 1.24 miles||2 km / 1.24 miles|
|3||Cooper Test||Fri 19th June||Thu 25th June||12 minutes||12 minutes|
|4||Steady Pace||Fri 26th June||Thu 2nd July||4 km or 4 miles||2 km or 2 miles|
|5||Run 5 mile||Fri 3rd July||Thu 9th July||5 miles / 8.05 km||2 km / 1.24 miles|
|6||Virtual Ekiden||Fri 10th July||Sun 12th July|
|5 km / 3.11 miles|
7.2 km / 4.47 miles
10 km / 6.21 miles
|1 mile / 1.61 km|
Teams will be awarded points based on the following criteria:
Each member completing the weekly activity is awarded 5 points
Team points based on ranking for the weekly activity
We will publish a live leaderboard once the first scores are submitted.
Don’t forget that Jaffa are collecting money for their nominated charity the East Anglian Air Ambulance as part of the Virtual Ekiden event. If you enjoy taking part in the Virtual Ekiden, or the Kesgrave Kruisers Summer Series, then we encourage you to donate via their Just Giving page below:
- Challenges should be run as a single activity with no pausing of the watch or timing device
- Challenges can be attempted more than once, but only the first submitted result will be considered
- Team members (or their parent or team captain) should submit all results by the end date/time specified for that week
- Links to the challenge activity (from Strava, Garmin, etc.) are mandatory for the Virtual Ekiden and encouraged for other weeks
- Teams submitting no results will be ranked below all other teams for that week
- Juniors should be accompanied by a responsible adult, who can be running or on a bike if necessary!
- Participants should be considerate of all government advice on social distancing when completing their activities