The Crunch (Virtual race)

The Crunch! What is it?

Results from June here

A series of self-timed “virtual races” to test your fitness against yourself and other club members. How do you compare to your training partners.....can you improve enough to catch the runner in front?

Friendly competition is the driving force behind this....who doesn’t want to beat their teammates? We have tried to keep things as simple as possible as it isn’t a one on one race.

How does it work?

Work out your own race route of 4 miles (6.4 km) with 500’ (183m) of ascent.

Race your route anytime between the first Monday and Wednesday of the month

Send a screenshot of your strava/watch elapsed time along with your date of birth and any pictures to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  by 10 pm on Wednesday each race week*

Put your feet up/ drink beer/eat ice cream/warm down

Results (and your funky routes/pictures) will be posted to the website and or facebook page.

How do I choose my own route?

You will need to run the exact same route each time you race so choose wisely!

Your route MUST be at least the distance and ascent given or your time won’t count...ouch!

Routes should start and finish from within 1 mile of your house – stay local to avoid conflict and allow for another lockdown!

Routes must also be circular and start and finish in the same downhill dandys!!

How is it scored?

Points are awarded for position 1st20pts – 20th1pt 

Category points JM, JF, M, F, MV40, FV40, etc. 

Points will be accrued over the race series.

Bonus points will be awarded? TBA


Anyone over the age of 14 can compete**

Don’t put yourself or anyone else at unnecessary risk....stay safe!

Please don’t wear club colours.....more conflict avoidance!

Follow the Countryside Code and all government guidance on social distancing etc

Take pictures, videos, write up your tales of success (or woe) and send these to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  . Best ones might even make for contention in the ‘I’ve recce’d it’award!***

Don’t bend the rules, stay safe, this will only work with your honesty.

Finally HAVE FUN!!  

*Please be aware these details will be stored electronically. No details will be used for any other purpose than for this race series. Results and names will be held for historical purposes. Entering this series means you agree to your data being used and saved.

**Under 14’s have a brilliant challenge, check it out on the web page

***In providing these you consent to their sharing on the Helm Hill website, facebook page and newsletter. If you do not wish them to be shared please make this clear on your email when sending.