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17th April to 25th June 2021

Run for the Birds        

A FUN personal challenge event for runners and walkers TO KEEP YOU ACTIVE THIS SPRING AND CELEBRATE THE PEAK DiSTRICT's 70th birthday.

CAN BE COMPLETED anywhere.

 

a positive IMPACT on THE UK's original national park: the more DISTANCE YOU cover the MORE work to diversify and restructure woodland WILL TAKE PLACE, improvING habitats and feeding opportunities for RARE AND ENDANGERED birdS.

How it works

There are 4 distance levels to choose from, staring at 70 kilometres though to a whopping 700k.

Each level has a distance target for you to aim for during the 70 days of the event.

 

Plus you can take part in the Peak District 70th Birthday Challenge Series of virtual events too as you accumulate your distance. 

 

You can cover as few or as many kilometres/miles as you like each day. And if you take part in any of the events in the challenge series, you can include that distance towards your overall total too. 

 

You can enter as many of the virtual events in the series as you like, as many times as you like, until you reach your challenge target. The events are:

  1. The Single Seven : 7km run/walk

  2. Big Seven-Oh Relay : 10 x 7km as a relay (teams of up to six people allowed)

  3. Seventy Up : Time taken to gain 70 metres of elevation

  4. Collection of Seven : Time taken to visit 7 common features shown on an ordnance survey map (place of worship, public telephone, public house, water course or body or water, woodland, 1km of public footpath, trig point)

  5. Win, Lose or Draw : Time taken for you and a partner to separately climb the equivalent height of Win and Lose Hills from the Hope Valley (301 metres and 314 metres respectively). 

  6. Kinda Kinder : Time taken to climb the equivalent height of Kinder Scout summit from sea level (636.3m) without visiting Kinder Scout itself. 

  7. The Big Seven-Oh : 70km run/walk

If you achieve your target amount over the 70 days you'll receive a specially made memento crafted locally from sustainable wood. Plus you can compete for other prizes in various categories, including - but not limited to - the best performances in the challenge series.  

A significant proportion of your entry fee will go to the Peak District National Park Foundation charity, and will be used on work to diversify and restructure woodland within the park to improve habitats and feeding opportunities for birds. As well as helping rare and endangered bird species survive, breed and thrive, this important work is part of a strategy to ensure our original national park is protected and enjoyed by visitors for many generations to come. The more distance that is covered during the event, the more birds can thrive. 

All participants will receive a 20% discount voucher from the Derby Runner as well as the other

things listed below. Visit their website for information on making purchases during Lockdown. 

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PIED FLYCATCHER

Target: 

70-KILOMETRES

You get:

  • Downloadable Race Number

  • Entry to Peak District 70th Birthday Challenge Series (optional) 

  • Small Wooden Award 

  • 20% Discount at Derby Runner

Entry Fee:

£15

(+£0.90 booking fee)

TREE PIPIT

Target: 

210-KILOMETRES

You get:

  • Downloadable Race Number

  • Entry to Peak District 70th Birthday Challenge Series (optional) 

  • Wooden Award 

  • 20% Discount at Derby Runner

Entry Fee:

£20

(+£1.20 booking fee)

RING OUZEL

Target: 

350-KILOMETRES

You get:

  • Downloadable Race Number

  • Entry to Peak District 70th Birthday Challenge Series (optional) 

  • Wooden Award 

  • 20% Discount at Derby Runner

Entry Fee:

£30

(+£1.80 booking fee)

WOODCOCK

Target: 

700-KILOMETRES

You get:

  • Downloadable Race Number

  • Entry to Peak District 70th Birthday Challenge Series (optional) 

  • Large Wooden Award 

  • 20% Discount at Derby Runner

Entry Fee:

£40

(+£2.40 booking fee)

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Covid Hardship: If you, or someone you know, would like to take part in the event but can’t afford the entry because of financial hardships brought about by the coronavirus pandemic, please contact us via email to info@peakrunning.co.uk and request a free ‘Peak Running Community Entry’. We  have a limited number of these available to support people within our community with their physical and mental health.  

 

Also, if you would like to sponsor a place for someone else – either someone you know or anyone who would like to enter but cannot afford it, please get in touch. This can be by donating an entry fee or donating credits/places on ice you have from Peak Running events cancelled/postponed due to coronavirus.

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The Peak District

70th Birdthday Challenge Series

Seven challenges to add to the fun!

Challenge Series Rules

Participation in the challenge series events is optional and included in your entry fee.  

These are informal virtual events that you can take part in at your own risk. You will need to plan your own routes which can be anywhere, provided you adhere to the current coronavirus rules. 

As you would on a training run, you are responsible for taking care for the safety of yourself and others while you run and complying with coronavirus restrictions and guidelines.    

To enter an event you must complete the specific challenge in a single outing and must comply with current coronavirus restrictions. You cannot complete more than one event simultaneously, e.g. run a hilly 7k and count it as both your 7k and 70 Up result.

You are responsible for timing your effort. Times must be based on 'elapsed' time (the difference between the time of day you start and the time you finish) not 'moving time'. If you stop during your effort (e.g. to take photographs, visit the toilet etc.) this time must be included in your race time, as it would be in a normal race.

Race times must be submitted via the ResultsBase website as soon as possible after you have taken part. 

To be eligible for prizes based on times and race positions, you must be able to provide evidence (such as links to or screen shots of GPS recordings on Strava or Garmin Connect) for your race efforts. Details of the specific evidence required for each event are provided below.

There will be results for each event, and prizes for the fastest male and female time.

There will also be prizes in other categories not based on time or position (e.g. best photos).

RULES AND EVIDENCE REQUIREMENTS FOR SPECIFIC EVENTS

The Single Seven

Rules: Simply the fastest you can cover 7km non-stop

Evidence required: A screenshot of your activity, clearly showing distance covered and elapsed time. 

Big Seven-Oh Relay

Rules:

  • The accumulative time for you and your team mates to cover 10 x 7km.

  • Each leg must be covered non-stop and separately, not concurrently, i.e. two or more team members cannot count both times for their leg if running together.  

  • You can have between 2 and 6 members in a team, all of whom must be participants in 'Run for the Birds' and have entered under the same team name.

  • Individual team members can run up to 5 legs. 

  • Each leg must start after the previous one has finished, which can be immediately but does not have to be.

Evidence required: A screenshot of the activity for each individual leg, clearly showing, team name and leg number (in activity name), distance covered and elapsed time.

Seventy Up

Rules: Time taken to gain 70 metres of elevation.

Evidence required: A screenshot of your activity, clearly showing elevation gain and elapsed time. 

Collection of Seven

Rules: Time taken to visit the following 7 common features shown on an ordnance survey map: (i) place of worship, (ii) public telephone, (iii) public house, (iv) water course or body or water, (v) woodland, (vi) 1km of public footpath, (vii) trig point. Must be done as one continuous run/walk.

Evidence required: (i) A screenshot of your activity, clearly showing distance covered and elapsed time. (ii) A screenshot or photo of your route, clearly showing the 7 features required to visit.  

Win, Lose or Draw

Rules:

  • Time taken for you and a partner to separately climb the equivalent height of Win and Lose Hills from the Hope Valley (301 metres and 314 metres respectively). 

  • Based on the accumulative time for you and your team mate for the two climbs.

  • Each leg must be covered non-stop and separately, i.e. both team members cannot run/walk together.  

  • Each leg must start at the same time (within 15 mins of one another).

  • Both team members must be participants in 'Run for the Birds' and have entered under the same team name.

Evidence required: A screenshot of the activity for each individual leg, clearly showing, team name and hill name (in activity name), elevation gain and elapsed time.

Kinda Kinder

Rules: Time taken to gain 636.3 metres of elevation, without climbing Kinder Scout itself.

Evidence required: A screenshot of your activity, clearly showing elevation gain and elapsed time. 

The Big Seven-OH

Rules: Simply the fastest you can cover 70km non-stop

Evidence required: A screenshot of your activity, clearly showing distance covered and elapsed time. 

Consulting

The Peak District National Park Foundation

The Peak District National Park Foundation is a registered charity established to raise funds to care for The Peak District National Park and make it more inclusive.

 

The Foundation’s vision is a National Park enjoyed and conserved by everyone, forever. It should be a vibrant, colourful, and safe home for the wildlife we all love.

 

The Park’s heritage tells the story and inspires future generations, so let’s celebrate it.

 

Our right to enjoy the National Park was hard won by ordinary folk. In that spirit, let’s fight to make it ever more accessible, for everyone to enjoy.

 

But it is also unique and very fragile; we must always strive to keep it special.

 

This is what we believe – and why we exist. With your support, we can start to make good things happen.

 

The Mission is to grow income and support to care for the Peak District National Park for everyone to enjoy forever.

 

The aim is to raise funds and create a culture of philanthropy supporting the Peak District National Park.

 

The Foundation supports activities which keep the Peak District special and make it a National Park for all. It connects people who care about the National Park and have the means to support it with the partners striving to care for this special place for everyone.

 

They want to see more land managed for wildlife, more rare habitats protected and more people able to enjoy the Peak District National Park

 

The priorities are:

  • Preparing for a future climate

  • Conservation and habitat restoration

  • A National Park everyone

For more information visit their website here

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Your Questions Answered

If I don't meet the distance tartget for my challenge will I still get an award?


If you have haven't completed your challenge but have covered enough distance for one of the awards that require less distance, you will get an award for the lesser distance. If you cover less than 70km during the event, you will receive a 'participant' award, rather than the finishers memento for your challenge.




Can I upgrade to a higher challenge after I've entered?


Yes, you can change to a different distance by logging into your entry on ResultsBase. This will be available until entries close and will change you difference between entry fees.




How do I submit details of my runs / walks, and will I need to provide evidence?


You will be required to submit details of your runs / walks via the ResultsBase website. This will be available once the event is underway. A link to the system will be provided in your confirmation email when you enter the event.

This will largely be done on a trust basis and no specific evidence will be required to prove what you have done.

However, to be eligible for speed / positiion / distance based prizes in the Peak District 70th Birthday Challenge Series you will need to provide evidence (such as gps download / Strava or Garmin links or screenshots of the activity) for the relevant runs/walks that you do. Details of the specific evidence required for each event are provided on this webpage above.

IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER:

  • Distances that you cover must be logged in KILOMETRES not MILES.

  • Evidence of race efforts must show ELAPSED TIME not moving time.

  • Links to activiites on Stava. Garmin etc. are only useful as evidence if the account/activity is set to 'public'. Otherwise we will not be able to see it.




What is the latest date I can join the event?


You can enter and join the event at any point until entries close 1 week before it finishes (i.e. until 18th June 2021




If I join the event after it has started will I still have 70 days to complete my challenge?


No, you will still have until 25th June 2021 to finish your challenge.




How many virtual events in the Peak District 70th Birthday Challenge Series can I enter?


As many as you like, as many times as you like during the event period. You can only have one result count in the event results though. So if you complete an event for a second time, you will need to edit your results to show the one you wish to include.




Can I enter an event in the Peak District 70th Birthday Challenge Series more than once during the event period?


Yes, as many times as you like. However, only one run/walk can count in the final results, i.e. your best result.

If you run a race for a second or third (or more) time, you will need to edit your results in ResultsBase to show the one you wish to include.




Is there a minimum distance I must cover on a single run/walk?


No but we suggest you try and do at least a kilometer / 0.62 miles




What will my award be and when will I receive it?


The award for completing your challenge will be a key ring fob or coaster made locally from sustainable wood.

We will get it to you as soon as we can after the end of the event. Our aim will be within 28 days of the event finishing on 25th June.




What will there be prizes for and what will they be?


The preliminary list of prize categories is as follows. Many of these are based on things other than running ability and the list may be added to during the event.

  • Fastest male and female times for each Peak District 70th Birthday Challenge Series event.

  • Longest distance covered on a single run/walk without being more than 5k from home, and without duplicating any section of the route.

  • Best event theme based 'Strava art'

  • Environmental award - for kindness to, stewardship or awareness of the environment

  • Good deed award

  • Best fancy dress

  • Peak Running best brand placement

  • Derby Runner best brand placement

  • Various other photo competitions to be revealed through the month.

Gps evidence must be provided (via ResultsBase) to be eligible for prizes related to running time/distance and race positions. See earlier question above regarding the evidence required. For photo competitions, photos should shared in the Peak Running Community Facebook group. Details of prizes available will be revealed during the event via our social media.




How do I redeem my 20% voucher at the Derby Runner?


Your race number/bib for Run for the Birds acts as your voucher. Details are printed on the bottom of the race number/bib which can be downloaded from your entry 'ticket' on ResultsBase.

For details of how to purchase items from the Derby Runner during lockdown see the Derby Runner website or Facebook page.




Where can I run / walk during the event?


Anywhere that is legal and complies with current coronavirus guidelines. We encourage you to start and finish at home if possible and, if not, stay as local as possible.

You should try to use areas or go out at times that are less busy so that social distancing can be maintained.




If I run/walk a Peak District 70th Birthday Challenge Series event more than once, which results will count?


This is up to you. If you complete an event more than once and improve on your time, you can replace your previous time in your results on ResultsBase.

Note that to be eligible for prizes you will need to upload gps evidence of your run.

Also it must be in 'elapsed' not 'moving' time.




Can I run/walk more than one event in the Peak District 70th Birthday Challenge Series simultanously, e.g. complete the 7k and continue for another 63k to complete the Big Seven-Oh?


No. Each run/run submitted for a virtual event must be a single outing for the full distance/elevation of the event. Split times cannot be submitted for shorter races.




Can I take longer than 70 days to complete my challenge?


Yes if you like. However, you will only receive a finishers award if you do so within the 70 days. Otherwise you will receive a participant's award.




What if I am ill, or have to self isolate and cannot complete the challenge?


The default would be that you receive a participant's memento. However, if there are extenuating circumstances, please contact us as we may be able to arrange for a time extension for you to complete your challenge.




Can I use credit I have from other Peak Running events that have been postponed or cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic to enter the challenge?


Yes, of course. Contact us at info@peakruning.co.uk and we'll let you have a discount code.




Can I run or walk with other people?


Yes, provided you comply with coronavirus guidelines.




When will entries close?


1 week before the end of the event.




Do I have to enter each run/walk I do individually?


Yes, if you are participating in any of the Peak District 70th Birthday Challenge Series events. If you don't wish to do any of these, we encourage you to enter them individually as you go along. However, the system does you allow to add a number of activities together and input them as if they were one activity.




How long do I have to enter the details of a run / walk?


All runs/walks must be entered into the 'Run for the Birds' page on the ResultsBase website within 24 hours of the end of the event.

If you take part in virtual races you will need to enter these resuts separately on the 'Peak District 70th Birthday Challenge Series' page on ResultsBase too. It's helpful to enter those runs/walks as soon as possible after you have completed them, so that the leader boards are up to date.

NOTE: A run/walk over one of the race distances counts towards both your distance for your Run for the Birds challenge as well as the individual race. However, it must be logged on both pages.




Will I get a race number / bib?


Yes. Your number can be downloaded from your entry tick on ResultsBase in pdf format for printing at home if you wish.




Can I run/walk more than once a day, e.g. include a second dog walk?


Provided you comply with any coronavirus guidelines that are applicable at the time, you can run/walk as often as you like.




Do I need to enter my results in kilmometres or miles?


You MUST enter the distances you run/walk in kilometres or part kilometres. e.g. 1.45km.

If you have recorded your run/walk in miles multiple by 1.609 to convert to kilometers. e.g. 5 miles x 1.609 = 8 kilometres.

1 mile = 1.609 kilometres

1 kilometer = 0.621 miles




Should I used 'moving time' or 'elapsed time' for my 70th Birthday Challenge Series results?


You must use 'elapsed time' for virtual races, i.e. the difference between the time of day you started the run and the time of day you finished.

If you stop during the run the race clock should still be ticking, just as it would in a normal race. Stops to take photogrpahs, call of nature, etc., are 'on the clock'.

For the runs/walks you do for your distance challenge, you do not need to enter a time, only the distance you covered in kilometres.




Are there any age limits?


No, but parents / guardians must take full responsibiity for children taking part and accompany them on runs/walks.

Young people should not take part in Challenge Series events in line with the following guidance:

7k = 12 years +

70k = 20 years +




Will my race times and any PBs (personal bests) be official?


No, races are informal events that you can take part in at your own risk. Measuring the route and timing the run is your responsibility using your own personal devices. You will be effectively be comparing training runs with others, in a simialr way to comparing Strava segments. You will need to plan your own routes and, as you would on a training run, you are responsible for taking care for the safety of yourself and others while you run/walk, and complying with coronavirus restrictions and guidelines.




What are the t-shirts like and how do I get one?


A mock up of the t-shirt design is shown below.

They will be technical running shirts and will be printed to order. A full range of sizes is available in both a standard (unisex) cut and a female cut base shirt. A size guide is shown below.

T-shirts can be ordered as an optional extra during the online registration process on ResultsBase, at a cost of £15.90.

If you have already entered and wish to add one, simply go back to your entry on ResultsBase and edit your 'Size/Shop Products' the option for which is available via the 'Changes' button.




If a run/walk more than the distance or elevation of an event in the Peak District 70th Birthday Challenge Series, can I count part of it as the virtual challenge entry?


Run/walks that are done for a virtual race must be recorded as in their own right and the distance and/or elevation should match the race distance. If you cover additional distance before and/or after your race effort (e.g. as a warm-up / cool- down, you should record these as separate runs/walks on your watch. You can, however, add all elements of your run together to input towards your Run for the Birds target.




If I a cover the combined distance can I do more than one event in the Peak District 70th Birthday Challenge Series during a single run/walk?


Each virtual event must be recorded as an individual run/walk. Although you could complete one event, stop your watch and save it, and then run another during the same outing.




Can I run/walk on a treadmill?


Yes you can.

However, Peak District 70th Birthday Challenge Series event efforts must be done outside to be eligibe for inclusion on the results and for position/time/distance based prizes.




If I join the event after it has started can I count runs/walks I have completed since 17th April.


Yes, but you will need to input details into your results page on ResultsBase.