Virtual Open 5 miles - 18 to 21 September 2020

Why virtual?

The 53rd Victoria Park Open 5 miles was originally scheduled for 28 March 2020, but was postponed on 17 March due to the response of the UK government and England Athletics to COVID-19. It was hoped that restrictions would have been eased sufficiently by September for the race to be run as normal, but the costs and complexity of complying with the current UK Athletics guidance on road races mean that the 53rd edition of the Victoria Park Open 5 miles will be virtual, but free to enter.

As an added incentive, Fix London have kindly offered the first male and female seniors and veterans (V40+) a one hour treatment each and every competitor £10 off a one hour treatment from 11 to 28 September 2020. Please note that this offer cannot be used in addition to the existing discount offered to members of Victoria Park Harriers and Tower Hamlets Athletics Club.

What about my entry fee?

If you paid to enter the Open 5 before it was postponed on 17 March 2020, your entry will be automatically carried over to the 54th edition, which is currently scheduled for Saturday 27 March 2021. If you prefer to be refunded, please email open5@vphthac.org.uk.

How to compete

  1. Sign in to your OpenTrack account, creating an account if necessary (it’s free).
  2. Enter the Open 5 by clicking the green “ENTER HERE” button on the OpenTrack event.
  3. Run 5 miles (8047 metres) on a course of your choice that complies with the rules below between 00:01 on Friday 18 September and 23:59 on Monday 21 September.
  4. Upload your GPS proof of activity before 12:00 noon on Tuesday 22 September.

OpenTrack will automatically calculate overall and category positions, and team scores once the submission period ends.

Age categories

  • OpenTrack calculates age category positions using the UK Athletics age categories.
  • The Open 5 defines seniors as 20 to 39 years of age, so U23 and V35 athletes will be classed as seniors.
  • The minimum age is 15 because the UK Athletics rules of competition set the maximum road race distance for U15 athletes as 6 km and 5 miles is just over 8 km.

Rules

  1. Courses may be point-to-point, out and back or include loops.
  2. Courses shall have no more than 16 metres of elevation loss (beware of this on point-to-point courses).
  3. Courses shall not include athletics tracks.
  4. Courses shall include no more than eight complete laps.
  5. The running time elapsed shall be used to calculate positions in the results.
  6. GPS proof of activity shall be submitted as recorded and without further manipulation.
  7. Activities with significant unfair advantages shall result in a time penalty or disqualification at the discretion of the race officials.

Guidance

  • If you run in kilometres, make sure that you run the extra 47 metres after you reach 8 km (5 miles is 8047 metres)!
  • Please follow the England Athletics guidance on restricted return to activity when competing in the virtual Open 5.
  • Please be prepared for an emergency, particularly if you are running alone:
    • You should tell someone you trust where you are going, when you plan to return and ask them to contact the emergency services if you don’t return. Please make sure that you let them know when you return safely!
    • Download the what3words app if you run with your smartphone, so you can direct help to your exact location easily.
    • Learn first aid and download a first aid app if you run with your smartphone (Red Cross, St John Ambulance).
    • Carry an in case of emergency card, so that anyone who helps you can get in touch with your emergency contacts.