This year I’ve been actively participating in the Hogwarts Running Club virtual race series. For those of you who have not heard of virtual running it’s nothing like Pokemon Go – there is no virtual “you” that “run’s places” – you still actually have to don shoes (unless you run barefoot) and traverse the specified distance of each race – gaining points for your house and a race medal in the process.
This is how the Hogwarts Running Club Website explains a virtual races;
Virtual running, also known as a virtual race, is an event that can be run at any location at any time at any pace. You can walk, use the treadmill, run outside or you can participate in another “real-world” race. It’s completely up to you! You can run your race at your own pace wherever and whenever you like. Is the distance too long? No problem! You can break the distance up over multiple days to make it more manageable. (Source).
There have been six races this year;
- Molly Weasley Ugly Jumper Run
- Umbridge Run 13k (or until it sinks in)
- Half Blood Prince Half Marathon
- OneHRC House Marathon (Part 1,2,3,4)
- Fantastic Beasts 5k
- Platform 9 3/4k (Year Three)
For the sharp eyed among you – yes I still have to earn three medals – I haven’t run the Platform 9 3/4k because the medal hasn’t arrived yet and I like to run the event after it’s arrived so that I can “reward” myself straight away. The other two are both half marathon distances and I’ll admit I’ve been procrastinating about these two events because that last (and first) time I ran a half marathon it hurt – LOTS – in fact, my knee still grumps just thinking about it …
I know that I could break up the distance over multiple days (after all that’s one of the advantages of virtual running) however I have chosen not to do that BUT I will earn those medals by the end of the year otherwise it doesn’t seem right to accept the perfect prefect status (and pin). Until they can legitimately be hung up on the wall with the rest they sit unopened in the hallway cabinet.
Which brings me to today’s topic ..
I’ve had people ask “Hogwarts Running Club? Is that an actual thing? How do I get in on that?” we’ll today it’s as easy as this!
Time Turner 2016
It’s finally here! This is your chance to get those medals you may have missed in 2016! The Time Turner is our way of “turning back the clock” to reopen all 2016 HRC events and do even more for our 2016 charity partners:
Molly Weasley Ugly Jumper Run – One Warm Coat
Umbridge Run 13k (or until it sinks in) – My Stuff Bags
Half Blood Prince Half Marathon – Project Purple
OneHRC House Marathon – Big Cat Rescue/Intl Bird Rescue/Friends of Scales/Save Me
Fantastic Beasts 5k – END7
Platform 9 3/4k (Year Three) – Carry the Future
Also, if you’ve registered for at least three HRC events in 2016 (or get to three or more with the Time Turner), you have qualified, and can register for, the awesomely HUGE King’s Cross Challenge medal. (Source).
To sign up follow this LINK (which will no longer work once the time turner closes) – feel free to select Hufflepuff when asked which house you belong too. 😉
I’m signing up for the Kings Cross Challenge Medal which is the last step before I can be awarded perfect prefect status (well apart from having to run 9 3/4 km and follow it up with two half marathons but what’s 51 3/4 km between friends – that’s some people’s usual long run #gulp). The King’s Cross Challenge medal does not have a distance associated with it although I’ve seen that each individual house seems to come up with a challenge to earn your medal, it’s commonly a certain amount of mileage in a month, although I did see the Gryffindor challenge included burpees – so in my opinion they win – 100 points to Gryffindor!
I’ve decided that to earn my King’s Cross Challenge medal that I’m going to run an actual (as in organised) trail event, because we all know I’m not a fan of people or sharing or spending a tonne of money to do shit I can do on my own (for free).
Honestly if that’s not a “true” challenge then I’m not sure what is .. 😉
Till next time