Week five’s Strava Challenge winners over 3k revealed

February 8, 2021 | by Matt Halfpenny


We salute Joe Glenwright (Schools), Kian Quinn (Juniors), Oli Rhymes (Youth), Gary Johnston (Senior) and James Allen (coaches and non-boxers) who were quickest in their respective categories in this week’s England Boxing Strava Running Challenge mini challenge over the distance of 3km.

Despite more bad weather – with many parts of the country affected by snow, rain and ice during the course of the seven counting days from Monday 1st February to Sunday 7th February – there were nevertheless some fantastic times recorded.

A reminder that to count, runs had to be continuous and not showing an excessive amount of elapsed time and at least 3km, as measured by Strava.

Leading the way for the Schools was Glenwright (Lambton Street), who finished in a superb 10 mins 56 seconds, ahead of Seth Charles (Sheffield) in second with 11.05 and Charlie Aldous (Barum) in third with 12.33.

For the girls, Gosport’s Mya Ash continued her dominance whatever the distance with a time of 13.30, just over a minute clear of Grace Shire (Wimborne, pictured below), who clocked 14.31 and Eden Kilkenny (East Middlesbrough) with 15.18.

Others to record times under 15.30 were Aamir Shirazi, Bailey Wilding, James Scott, Joe Lane, Kai Toner, Mason Warburton, Leo Powell, Reggie Baker and Rocky Maguire.

Familiar faces dominated the Junior top three, with Braunstone’s Quinn backing up his 1km success last week with 10.30 over 3km.

Not far behind was Liam Rennocks (Heart of England) with 10.44, while Shae Gowler (Peterborough Police) completed the top three with 10.47.

Top of the standings for the girls was Paige Howarth (Clayton) as she ran 12.11 to beat off competition from Millie Jones with 14.51 and Emily Anderson (Peterborough Police) with 16.26.

Others to dip under 15.30 in the Juniors were Corben Beecher, Findlay, Lloyd, Imraan Shirazi and Alfie Baker.

Rhymes (pictured, top) of Crawley took top honours in the Youth section after coming home in 11.34, ahead of Keanu Scowen (Peterborough Police) with 12.00 and Will Howe (Headland) with 13.32.

Naven Longstaff was another boxer to break the sub 15.30 mark.

In the senior category, Carlisle Villa’s Johnston set a time of 10.51, which was followed by George Liddard (Billericay and Wickford) with 11.38 and Dan Colclough with 11.56.

For the women, Jasmine Poole (Downend) again excelled to finish in front of Jessica Barry (Christ The King) with 12.41 and Kayleigh D’Arcy (Blue Flames) with 15.08.

A clear winner in the coaches and non-boxers group saw the Army’s James Allen post the only sub-10 minute time, as he clocked 9.56, with Matt Harrison (Aston) 10.14 not too far behind and Reece Roberts (University of Coventry) 11.17 in third.

Dee Cowey (Market Drayton) was the quickest of the women in 14.32, ahead of Vicki Baker (Peterborough Police) with 16.00 and Hannah Pearson (Olympian) with 17.11.

Runners will get the chance to better their times this week (8th February to 14th February) with the second week of the 3k min-challenge before a change next week.

England Boxing Development Coach Amanda Coulson said: “Some of the times have been very good and the competition in some of the younger categories is particularly fierce.

“As ever, it’s been great to see so many people setting their own time and then beating it, showing they are improving their fitness and stamina as they go.”

Join the 3k mini-challenge

Starting today (Monday 8th February) is the second week of the 3k mini-challenge.

Designed to test not just fleet of foot but endurance too, 3k runs help prepare boxers for the kind of high intensity they can expect in a boxing bout.

It is also the distance frequently used in fitness tests for England and GB squad assessments.

You can set as many 3k 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 England Talent boxer George Liddard for how your 3k 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 12.02.

In order not to lose any time, it is in your interest to make sure that you run as close to 3km as possible. Equally, make sure you run at least 3km, as if you run 2.99k, 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 3km 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 3k!

For the 3k 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.

To reiterate, you must complete your 3k without stopping and only those who were specifically targeting this challenge, and running no more than 4k, will be considered.

Please note that while boxers overall mileage will continued to be displayed on group leaderboards, these results will not be acknowledged in week 5’s challenge.

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 https://www.strava.com/, 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 – https://www.strava.com/clubs/englandboxingschools

Junior boxers –  https://www.strava.com/clubs/englandboxingjunior

Youth boxers – https://www.strava.com/clubs/englandboxingyouth

Senior boxers – https://www.strava.com/clubs/englandboxingsenior

Coaches and Non-boxers – https://www.strava.com/clubs/englandboxingcoaches

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: matt.halfpenny@englandboxing.org

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.