Guernsey gets ready for the Running World Cup
Back in 2020, Guernsey runners took part in the inaugural running world cup. The Vitality Running World Cup is the world’s first world cup competition where anyone can sign up for free to compete to run for their own country. Qualifying is open to runners of all levels (over the age of 13 years). Every participant who completes 3 kilometres in under 30 minutes on a smart phone or smart device contributes towards their country’s total.
Following its postponement due to the pandemic the event is back again with the first qualifying round starting on Tuesday 21st September. So far there are runners from 200 countries signed-up, with Guernsey running as part of the Smaller European Nations Team, it's set to be an exciting challenge.
Qualifiers lasting one week will take place from 21st – 26th September (including the Butterfield half marathon, kilometres from this event can be used to qualify for the Vitality Running World Cup). The semi-finals and finals take place in October 2021.
“Guernsey is great at this kind of event. We get lots of community engagement with initiatives and we are seeing more and more people enjoying the benefits of getting active. The combination of those two positive aspects should mean that we enjoy participating in the inaugural World Cup. It’s very easy to join up and we’d encourage anyone who is keen on doing a bit of running in September and October to register. We are really pleased that the qualifying rounds coincide with the Butterfield Half Marathon. We are running as part of a Channel Islands team so it will be good to be sharing the same goal as colleagues from other small European nations.”