The Rainbow Run 5k Series has seen over 150 people complete a virtual 5k run, each Saturday for the last five weeks. Week 5 saw the introduction of the Home Nations Championship, now set to feature every Saturday.
The event is completely free and sees runners from England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland matched up against each other – race within a race. To add to the fun and to encourage people to participate, we have recruited a few captains and co-captains to lead the teams, including some famous faces:
#TeamIreland – Eugene Laverty
Eugene Laverty is a motorcycle road racer from Toomebridge in County Antrim racing in the World Superbike Championships for BMW Motorrad.
Beginning his tarmac racing career in 2001, the Irishman spent many seasons working his way through the ranks of domestic championships, breaking onto the world scene in 2007. Scoring points in the 250cc World Championship, he made the leap over to the WorldSBK paddock in 2008, before taking on a full-time ride in 2009 in World Supersport.
Taking 12 victories over two seasons in the highly competitive class, Laverty finished runner-up twice before making the step up to WorldSBK. Spending four seasons in the World Superbike Championship, Laverty was involved in many tense battles and found himself a championship contender, finishing as runner-up in 2013. He then made the leap back to the MotoGP™ paddock in 2015, before returning to WorldSBK in 2017.
An injury-blighted year on the all-new Team Goeleven Ducati V4 R followed in 2019, although the year ended strongly for the Northern Irishman. In 2020 he finally returns to a factory outfit, partnering Tom Sykes and with one goal in mind: gifting the BMW S 1000 RR its first race win.
#TeamEngland -Lamin Deen
Lamin is a British bobsleigh pilot and Grenadier Guardsman.He qualified for the 2014 Winter Olympics in both the 2-man (in which he raced with John Baines) and 4-man disciplines.
#TeamEngland – Daniel Bolan – Co-Captain
I’m 35 and a father of two boys aged 4 and 8 and I work for Next as a buying manager.
I have been running for 5 years now after taking it up to complete the great north run for the Bobby Robson foundation and really love the community side of things. It’s became a family event with myself, my wife and eldest Joshua running our local parkrun together each week and our youngest Fyn is dying to join us too now that he is 4.
I am also a member of the Racecheck #visorclub
#TeamWales – Stephne Puddy
I’m Stephne from Bridgend in south Wales. I’m co-founder of Just Run Penybont and a member of Ogmore Phoenix Runners. I’ve been running for about 3 years. I don’t run to be competitive- I run for me, and as such I love being part of the Racecheck #visorclub which I introduced me to the Rainbow Run 5k.
Running has hugely helped me and is the little bit of magic in my life to make grey days colourful like a rainbow. In the strange times we are in right now it’s great to have a focus, something to aim for and this rainbow 5k is just perfect.
What have you got to lose..?
#TeamScotland – Jamie McBrien
I am Jamie and I am a former member of the DB Max timing team. I recently moved to Edinburgh with my wife to take on full time work after completing my degree. I have been running for many years and have been known to set some competitive times in the past.
I am hoping to convince as many Scottish entrants as possible to enter the Rainbow Run 5k and hope to see us challenging #TeamEngland.