It consists of 7 race distances ran in a calendar year and the cumulative times for them all should add up to under 400 minutes.
It's a big ask as I'll put an example of the schedule of the 7 races and an idea of times below. It's hard but it represents what a good competitive club runner could achieve and so bettering it would give a -1:23 400 Challenge (-1:23 meaning bettered by 1 minute 23 seconds) thus a +3 400 Challenge is 3 minutes outside.
A sub 400 challenge example might look like:
10 miles 60:00
10 Km 37:00
5 miles 29:00
5 Km 18:00
1 mile 4:59
A total of 359:59 ie a -1s 400 Challenge.
The race distances are the most commonly run ones although the challenge might be to find 10 mile races locally other than the Notts 10 and 1 mile races but we could organise these on the track at Ilkeston and there's the club's Bannister mile in May.
Races distances could be run throughout the year with the best to count.
The challenge is to get as close to it as possible and try to improve the next year.
An alternative for runners where the marathon doesn't figure for them would be a half challenge with a slightly more generous 250 minutes and so a schedule might be:
10 miles 66:00
10 Km 39:00
5 miles 32:00
1 mile 5:59
Still a challenge but that's what it could be.
Or to put a more positive slant to it there could be challenges in 50 minute increments ie 400 / 450/ /500 Challenges. And for the real elite of the club a 350 Challenge:
10 miles 54:00
10 Km 32:00
5 miles 26:00
5 Km 16:00
1 mile 4:45
Thus 349:45 is very possible by the very best in the club.
It poses some interesting questions. Will anyone complete the 7 races that make up the challenge regardless of their total time during 2013 ( as far as I can work out and happy to be corrected, only Carrie Chan and Richard Ford completed all 7 race distances in 2012), does anyone break 400 minutes, do runners times over this wide range of distances match those given in race time predictors, is there a difference between their actual and predicted times for men and women or senior and vets and ultra - vets?
Anyway, if the body holds up and dog bites permit, I'll have a go at this as a target for this year.