Tommy Nightingale has launched a club challenge to get everyone running at least 100km over eight weeks. And with just five days gone, several are already halfway there (it’s eight weeks – not eight days lads!).

The challenge is not meant to be a race, but to get players fit while training is banned under lockdown’s social-distancing rules.

But, in typical Charlton Park style, there are already mini-competitions to see who can run the fastest 5km, 10km and half-marathons and who can run the furthest in one run. There’s also a lot banter as well as players and supporters giving each other moral support in the WhatsApp group set up for the challenge.

The tortoise and the hare

Those taking part are running as little as a few kilometres at a time. It takes less than 2km a day or 12.5km a week to hit the target. Running three 5km runs a week will easily hit the target. Its all about doing the best you can and getting fitter each week so you run and little bit further or that little bit faster, or both.

But talk in the WhatsApp group is of running 5km in under 20 minutes. Even some of the forwards have set a sprightly pace. It has a proved a great motivator.

It’s not too late to join and take the challenge:

  1. Download Nike Run Club App
  2. Make an account
  3. Add Tom Nightingale as a friend –
  4. Accept the invite to the challenge
  5. Record your first run

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