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Green Wheel Relay goes virtual for 2020 race

The organisers of Peterborough's Green Wheel Relay have created a virtual relay event to be held in place of the annual race on Saturday, June 21.
Get your running shoes on to join the Not-the-Relay Relay on June 21 (Photo: AdobeStock)

The Green Wheel Relay is a 50-mile, seven-stage race around Peterborough's Green Wheel cycle route. The 2020 event was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic - but organisers have created a virtual event to get Peterborough running clubs competing.

The Not-the-Relay Relay will be held on Saturday, June 21 and is a team event.

The event starts at 7am, with the first runner (or walker) for the teams beginning their hour's journey. Every hour until 6pm, a new member of the team will take over, and the distances recorded will all be added together to determine which running club travelled the furthest.

For teams of less than 12 (which is the number of hours covered) runners can choose to double up, or an average distance will be added for any missed slots.

There will be no baton handovers, but organisers are asking runners to carry something while they run in place of a baton. Random and eccentric batons are welcomed - the Green Wheel Relay social media statement suggests "flower pot! Cucumber! Flag!" but states that water bottles don't count. The batons must be carried for the full hour, so runners should bear that in mind when choosing their fun item.

Social distancing rules should be followed, pictures are welcomed, and there is no specific route for runners to follow - as long as they record their distance at the end of their hour's stint.

For more information - and an entry form - see the Green Wheel Relay's website.