Best 5k next for England Boxing Strava Running Challenge

February 12, 2021 | by Matt Halfpenny


The final two weeks of February in the England Boxing Strava Running Challenge brings a new mini-challenge – this time asking participants to record their quickest time over 5k.

It starts on Monday (15th February), with the first week running until Sunday 21st February and the second week running between Monday 22nd February and Sunday 28th February.

The 5k distance is great for those middle distance specialists out there, where stamina and strength are as important as speed.

It’s also a great distance for boxers to use to help them build up their fitness ahead of the eventual easing of lockdown and return to gyms.

England Development Coach Amanda Coulson said: “5k seems to be a popular distance that many people across the five categories are already running regularly and seem comfortable with, so we’re expecting to see plenty of entries for this one, as well as some quick times.”

You can set as many 5k times as you like, but it must be done in one continuous run, automated through Strava or, if on a private treadmill or inputted manually, must be supported by pictorial evidence of the data created.

Please see below the example of Mackenzie Waker for how your 5k should show up on your Strava page.

In the example, the time that will be measured is the ‘moving time’, which in this case would be 28.03.

In order not to lose any time, it is in your interest to make sure that you run as close to 5km as possible. Equally, make sure you run at least 5km, as if you run 4.99k, your time will not count.

To get the best results, follow these pointers:

  1. Always find an-off road route away from traffic.
  2. Try to find a route as straight as possible, which prevents loss of time on cornering.
  3. Try to find a route with little or no inclines that will slow you down.
  4. Measure out the 5km exactly on a slow practice run, so you know where to start and stop to record the correct distance.
  5. Don’t forget to stop the timing of your run immediately after reaching 5k!

For the 5k mini-challenge, participants must ensure they have their Privacy Controls under Settings set to ‘Everyone’ both for the Profile Page and Activities in order that results can be viewed.

For avoidance of doubt, you must complete your 5k without stopping and only those who were specifically targeting this challenge, and running no more than 6k, will be considered.

Please note that while boxers’ overall mileage will continued to be displayed on group leaderboards, these results will not be acknowledged on England Boxing promotion and results.

In the meantime, don’t forget to post your best 3k time for week six’s mini-challenge, which finishes on Sunday (14th February).

How to join in

If you want to begin your 2021 by getting in running shape but not entered yet, there is still time to join with Challenges running each week from Monday morning to Sunday evening.

To join in with the England Boxing Strava Running Challenge 2021, first sign up to Strava at, if you haven’t already.

Then head over to the relevant group to complete your registration. Runs will automatically be logged in the challenge once you are registered:

Schools boxers –

Junior boxers –

Youth boxers –

Senior boxers –

Coaches and Non-boxers –

Please state your club and position on your Strava profile. For example, put ‘Army boxer’, ‘Steel City Coach’, ‘Aberfeldy Welfare Officer’ or ‘Wearmouth Administrator’. If you are an official with no specific club, please state your region and role, such as ‘Eastern Counties Judge’.

Should you have any problems with registering, please email:

Key Information

Important: Please note that boxers and participants taking part are doing so their own risk and must ensure they have adequate footwear and clothing and no injury or health concerns.

It is recommended that participants do not to run alone in the dark or in adverse weather (such as snow or ice) and parents and coaches are requested to monitor the activity of under 18s and ensure that those taking part do not push themselves beyond their running capabilities, while also giving themselves adequate rest. Adults should also be careful to run within their limits and rest when appropriate.

You can also post pics that you’d like to share of you running in your England gear on our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter channels using the hashtag #EBStravaChallenge.