Virtual Migo Mile
With lock-down in full swing, races have been non-existent. A flurry of virtual races popped up. After a brief chat with regular event sponsor, Migo Sports – we decided to join the party and host a Virtual Migo Mile on the usual course in Queens Park.
To assist with the current social distancing guidance, the event was staged over an 11 day period, with the start on 8th May coinciding with the VE Day anniversary celebrations, a bank holiday weekend. The same weekend was also the Scottish Athletics Virtual Mile event, which allowed entrants to “kill two birds with one stone*”.
Some basic course marking using wax crayons, chalk and pastels with arrows to highlight the key points of the route and we were good to go!
In keeping with the charitable Migo Mile ethos, entry price was kept as low as possible – in this instance free. With the VE Day anniversary celebrations in full swing, entrants were given the option to donate to the Erskine Hospital, who have been helping our veterans since 1916. In total over £200 will be donated to them as a result of this event! Well done and thank you to all who donated.
Over 50 entrants were received although only 45 set a time. A common theme with TRB events is a close battle with the women. Romy Beard, just nicking under the 6-minute mark, with 5.59, narrowly pipped by South By Five series winner, Jenny Brown in 5.55. Leading the table was Bella Harrier’s Kristina Greig in 5.49.
We’re looking forward to seeing those three go toe-to-toe in a real Migo Mile event post lock-down.
The men’s event included some strong entrants. Late to the party was Bella Harrier, Fraser Amstrong with a 5.13. Scott Henderson (Westerlands/GSRR) setting a mile PB with a first time under the 5-minute in 4.58. He topped the leader-board for a few hours before Tony Connelly set a blistering 4.52 to take the prize.
A £100 Migo Sports voucher was up for grabs for one lucky participant drawn at random. Congratulations to Gary Williamson, who set an awesome time of 5.29.
Thank you all for entering, and we hope you enjoyed the event. We know it is not as good as a real race but the best we have to offer just now!
Watch this space for future events from The RUN Bible – we have a Virtual Dick Wedlock coming your way soon!
*no birds were harmed in the hosting of this event!