Athletics

Popular Erme Valley Relays will be held virtually this year

ERME Valley Harriers have been forced to cancel their popular annual road relays due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

However, the club have decided to hold a virtual event instead, which will be a licensed by Run Britain.

Erme Valley have had a double blow this year, having also had to cancel their bumper Ivybridge 10k in May.

In a statement the club said: “Unfortunately due to the ongoing coronavirus situation we have had to take the painful decision to cancel the Erme Valley Relays due to be held on Friday, July 3. We are sorry to disappoint you all as we have already cancelled our popular 10K race.”

But Erme Valley are hoping clubs and teams around the region will support their virtual event.

It will be held over the weekend of July 3-5. Teams have to consist of four runners over the age of 11, who each have to run 5k. The organisers will need details of who ran for which team when they have completed their legs.

Legs can be run anywhere over the weekend but must be 5km and meet rules on elevations and multi-laps.

Four person teams can also now meet up to run in line with England Athletics guidelines, as long as social distancing rules are applied.

Erme Valley have got various categories for the event, including under-18, senior men and women, V40, V50 and V60 male teams and V35, V45 and V55 female teams.
Erme Valley have said they will not charge for the virtual relay, but they are asking teams to donate a minimum of £10 per team to NHS Charities via a Just Giving page here.

Anyone wanting to enter a team can find full details HERE. 

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