Gamers’ charity SpecialEffect are inviting runners to take on a ‘virtual’ 10k on 5 July in lieu of the postponed ASICS London 10k.
They’re encouraging runners to stick to the same date, time and distance but instead run in their own locality rather than central London and in accordance with the prevailing Government social-distancing guidelines.
The charity is aiming to recruit 100 people to run and fundraise together as part of a ‘Virtual Team SpecialEffect’ in the hope of making-up some of the donation shortfall resulting from the real-life race being postponed. Over the past decade the London 10K has become the central challenge event in the SpecialEffect calendar, attracting over 190 supporters in 2019 who raised nearly £25,000 between them. One of the main drivers of this success has been support from the games industry, with companies such as Rocksteady, SEGA and Green Man Gaming each entering teams of 20+ in recent years.
Runners can sign-up through the SpecialEffect website [link below], for FREE, and will receive a special edition finishers medal on completion. There are also plans for a pre- and post-race online meet-up to try and recreate the usual race-day experience as closely as possible. Over the years, it has become something of a tradition for Team SpecialEffect runners to dress-up as their favourite games characters and SpecialEffect are heartily encouraging anyone who wants to run in costume to still do so this time around!
Find out more about SpecialEffect at: https://www.specialeffect.org.uk/virtual-events