HHH Virtual Races (VR)

The next event will be announced shortly


See the News item or go to the Results page!

What’s it all about?

With Lockdown and the suspension of both Club activities and the busy Sussex racing scene there is little to get the competitive juices going.  So, following EA guidelines, we are holding a series of Virtual Race Events for seniors (thanks Chris Faulkner for the ideas and prodding us).


We are proposing to have

  • Event Courses – 3 x 5k, 2 x10k generally in the areas of West HH, East HH and Burgess Hill
  • An “Event Window” of Friday, Saturday, Sunday every other week starting Friday 8th May
  • Alternate between 5k and 10k distances
  • Allow entrants to choose the course that they want
  • There will be a variety of recognitions : male/female, fastest time, age graded score, series score, special awards

What Entrants have to do

We are setting up all 6 of the courses as “Segments” on Strava and we would like to use Strava’s data set to capture Entrants’ times over the courses so Entrants should:

  • Have an account with Strava (free version only)
  • Have joined the Haywards Heath Harriers Strava club. So search for Haywards Heath Harriers on the Strava app and join. Check the privacy settings
  • Be able to record their runs on a watch/phone and be able to upload same to Strava
  • Take note of the course route they wish to run that weekend (Health & Safety points, location of start and finish – see below).  Running the course on Strava will mean that it will automatically record your time over the course.
  • Do a run including the course. Make sure that:
    • Your GPS device is active well before the official start line (eg 40m)
    • You don’t stop your GPS device until you are well through the official finish line (eg 40m on)

If you follow your usual approach of starting/stopping your device as you cross the “line” you risk a GPS precision error meaning you get “no result” for your efforts!  Sorry!  You’ll have to wait to see what Strava gives you as your official time.

When your activity is uploaded send an email to [email protected]

Any questions also to that email address or use the WhatsApp group 'Beetroot Chat'.

General Health & Safety guidance for runners

  • Try not to drive to the race start
  • Tell someone where you are going and keep your mobile phone with you
  • Be visible if running in poor light
  • Maintain Social Distancing Rules at ALL times. This is particularly important at the start of the race
  • Give way to pedestrians EVERY time.  Take extra care if you have to run in the road
  • Be vigilant at all junctions - Give way to ALL cars - you may come off worse if you don’t
  • Look out for street ‘furniture’ such as bins, curbs, potholes, etc
  • Give way to dog walkers and dogs
  • Do NOT start your run with another entrant (unless a family member/someone you live with).  Take an extra warmup/stretch  for as long as you think appropriate until that runner is well ahead
  • No club colours 

What will happen “in the background”

Strava will show a “Course Leaderboard” which you can view using the club filter e.g = Haywards Heath Harriers

Our HHH tame statisticians will collate your times offline / determine age grading etc and publish results on the HHH website and add commentary on our social media sites (Haywards Heath Harriers Facebook and Beetroot Whatsapp groups)

What you can also do

 You can add to the fun and build club spirit by:

    •             Commenting on the 'Beetroot Chat' WhatsApp
    •             Giving “Kudos” and appropriate comments on Strava

The Event Courses

as web pages

5k:  Lindfield; Hayward Heath West; Burgess Hill

10k: HH/Lindfield; Burgess Hill

as pdf files

5k:  Lindfield; Hayward Heath West; Burgess Hill

10k: HH/Lindfield; Burgess Hill