City of York Athletic Club and sponsors benenden health set the ‘beep test challenge’
2nd October 2014
City of York Athletic Club and its sponsor, benenden health, are throwing down the fitness gauntlet to mark the continuation of their partnership.
York Athletic Club are encouraging people across the UK to get involved by taking part in the ‘beep test challenge’ which will see the club pit themselves against other clubs, schools and groups around the country to see who is the fastest. The beep test is brilliant for sportshall athletics and is being launched in September to coincide with the new school term.
At the Benenden York Open Meeting in September, the Club filmed their own ‘beep tests’ and have revealed the results on the Benenden Health YouTube channel. They are now inviting others to record and send in their own ‘beep tests’ scores.
Lawrence Christensen, Marketing Director at benenden health said: “The ‘beep test challenge’ is a great initiative which will get people involved in testing out just how fit they are. We’d love to see clubs, schools and business around the UK taking part and helping to spread the message outside the York area.
“Our sponsorship of City of York Athletic Club enables us to work closely with them to promote the health benefits of athletics and particularly to encourage young people to get involved .”
There will be four categories in the competition – junior club (under 16s), adult club (over 16s), disability/wheelchair and social/workplace. Winning teams in each category will receive a trophy to mark their achievement and spot prizes will be on offer in a variety of categories, including best effort, funniest video and best-dressed team.
Neil Hunter, chair of City of York Athletic Club, said “The beep test is a team challenge that all abilities and ages can take part in. I think this initiative will capture the imagination of people from all walks of life – I can see this really taking off at workplaces and clubs all over the country, for example why not include at as part of the village fete, or school sports day. The possibilities are endless and there are no barriers to participation”
How to carry out a beep test…
- Five people per team need to run continuously between two points that are 20m apart from side to side. The runs are synchronized with a pre-recorded audio tape, CD or laptop software which plays beeps at intervals. Intervals can be found here. There will be one test, but results will be lined up in the four categories: disability/Wheelchair, social/workplace, junior club and senior club.
- As the test proceeds the interval between each successive beep should decrease by the specified time, making the test progressively harder.
- The highest level completed before failing to keep up is recorded as the score for that test.
- The score for the team is the average of the five people taking part.
To get involved in the ‘beep test challenge’ is simple you can find the beep intervals here and instructions here.
Then, all you need to do is record your beep test and upload a video to YouTube – sending the link and a copy of the video to firstname.lastname@example.org .The overall fastest times sent in before January 16th 2015 will be announced on the benenden health website and the winners will receive their trophies!