Event Information

Date: Friday 19 June 2020

Venue: Virtual Event

Organiser: scottishathletics

Organiser Email: events@scottishathletics.org.uk

Level: Virtual Run

Closing Date: Thursday 18 June 2020


VIRTUAL 4J Studios scottishathletics Hill Running Challenge


Challenge Details -

Climb as many vertical metres as possible in 30 or 15 minutes

30minutes for U17 to Masters

15minutes for U13 to U15


Friday 19th June to Monday 22nd June


Online Entries OPEN Tuesday 2nd June 2020

Online Entries CLOSE Thursday 18th June (midnight)

Competition Window - 0000hrs Friday 19th June to 2359hrs Monday 22nd June

Submission of Results Deadline 1200hrs Tuesday 23rd June


Important Rules

No Point 2 Point Runs

Start and Finish at same point








  • Registration is through the scottishathletics online club or individual portal
  • Entry is FREE to scottishathletics affiliated members; alternatively athletes may choose to donate £2 to ongoing admin costs.
  • Club Entries are FREE or £2 per athlete to a limit of £15 per Age Group
  • Non-member entry is £5 per athlete or £7 to include a donation.
  • Entry is open to athletes in the U13, U15, U17, U20, Senior and Masters age groups. Age groups are based on the current 2019-20 road competition year.


Challenge Details

  • Aim of the Virtual hill running challenge is to climb as many vertical metres as possible in 30 minutes (U17 to Masters) and 15 mins (U13 to U15).
  • Runners use a slope, hill or steps in their local area and record their total vertical ascent and descent. The challenge can be completed like hill reps or as a hilly run, planning the run to have as much vertical ascent as possible in your local area.
  • Most runners will live in an urban environment. To reflect this, the maximum ascent for one climb should be approximately 100m.
  • The total ascent and descent should be approx. the same.


Scoring Categories

Total Climb by Individual Age and Gender

This category ranks individual athletes in each age group and gender category running the most metres in 30 minutes (U17 to Masters) and 15 mins (U13 to U15)


Total Climb by 4 Person Mixed Team – 4 x 30 min Runs (U17 to Masters) and 4 x 15 mins (U13 to U15)

This team category ranks teams of 4 athletes (from the same club, same age group; 2 male and 2 female) who covered the most metres for their club in 2 hours.


Total Climb by Age Category

Climbs from all runners in each age group category count towards the club’s climb for U13, U15, U17, U20, Senior and Masters.


Total Climb by all Club Members (U17 to Masters)

Every extra metre counts in this total club climb category, which adds up the climbs run by all members of all ages and genders to give one club total.


Total Climb by all Club Members (U13 and U15)

Every extra metre counts in this total club climb category, which adds up the climbs run by all members of all ages and genders to give one club total.



  • Performances should be submitted online to scottishathletics by the athlete taking part.
  • Athletes must make their runs PUBLIC on their Garmin/Strava profile to allow results scrutiny.
  • Club results are calculated using combined valid runs by registered club members within the challenge timeframe.
  • In the team categories, thebiggest climb over each run by athletes from the same club will contribute to the ‘A’ team. The next best results will make up the club’s ‘B’ team, and so on to include all athletes competing. Clubs can enter as many teams as they wish.



These general rules apply to all scottishathletics Virtual Challenge events



  • Athletes MUST avoid popular running/walking routes or busy parks.
  • Be considerate to other people by keeping a 2m (minimum) distance at all times when passing.
  • Do not drive somewhere to run.
  • Runs MUST be completed solo, other than U13 and U15 athletes who should be accompanied by an adult: under 13 athletes must be supervised by a responsible household member at all times, and under 15 athletes should be accompanied if appropriate.


Further infomration on Mountaneering Phase1 Guidance can befound here - https://www.mountaineering.scot/coronavirus


All current government guidelines regarding Social Distancing must be strictly adhered to. Any changes to these guidelines will be implemented immediately.


Challenge Rules

  • Runs must be done between 00:00 on Day 1 and 23:59 on Day 4 of the challenge.
  • 1 attempt per person
  • Results must be submitted by 12:00 on Day 5 of the challenge, using the instructions on the entry page. Runs should be named ‘SA Virtual Challenge’
  • Strava or Garmin are the only apps that can be used: other running apps are not compatible with the scoring system.




Vrhill Results.Pdf
Virtual Hill Running Rulesi.Pdf
Tw Vrr Road Relays Rules Getembedcodeiv.Pdf
Virtual Challenge Safety And Conductiii.Pdf