Results from Event #40, 20th February 2021
Fly 5k celebrated a milestone 40th event today and what a celebration it was – a near record 370 athletes took part in today’s event with an age range starting at 5 years old and going right through into the 80+ category.
Welcome to the 40 Fly 5K first-timers today including athletes from 6 clubs also new to Fly 5k. Welcome to Presteigne Pacers, Rhyl Runners, Royston Runners, Team Coco, The Runfit Club and York Tri Club.
One of the strengths of Fly 5K is the incredible community which has grown up around our weekly event and today was no different with overwhelming support for everyone’s own personal achievements whether setting a new Fly 5K or lifetime PB, coming back from injury or a lack of motivation and being inspired to just get out there and do it whether run, jog or walk, or simply enjoying the positive health and mental benefits of completing their own personal Fly 5K.
As usual there were many unique challenges such as Lauren Samat, taking part in her 1st Fly 5K event and racing against her washing machine by aiming to get dressed, complete her Fly 5K and get back home before the washing machine cycle finished. Lauren won by 7 minutes!
Today also saw a lot of athletes achieving milestone Fly 5Ks for which Fly 5K’s unique "Not Actual T-Shirt" awards will be presented.
Well done to the following athletes who have reached a total of 10 Fly 5K events: Jay A’COURT, Helen AJAEGBU, David BARR, Stephanie BELTON, Claire DAVIDSON, Karen DODSWORTH, Miranda FLANNIGAN, Dave G, Gareth JONES, Philip LEACH, Cristina MARIA, Kieran O’HARA, Daniela PETRIANNI, Carole PUGH, Tony ROBERTS, Michael SIMMS, Timothy SLY and Nick YOUNG. Well done all.
The following athletes have reached a total of 20 Fly 5K events: Peter BARBER, Gill HUDNOTT, Christine TAYLOR and Ali YOUNG. Well done all.
And finally the following athletes have reached a total of 30 Fly 5K events: Sharon DAVIDSON and Eileen SINDOLE. Well done both.
We also currently have 8 ever-presents who have now of course taken part in 40 Fly 5K events- amazing!
Beyond the unique challenges set for themselves there were those really aiming to Fly and you didn’t disappoint with an amazing 48 Fly 5K PBs including a new Fly 5K all-time Men‘s record of 14:44 set by Jeremy Dempsey taking part in his first Fly 5K event. Jeremy claimed 4th place in the Junior Men’s race at the English National XC Championships at Wollaton Park, Nottingham in February 2020 and currently represents Shaftesbury Barnet/Cambridge Uni. Congratulations Jeremy.
And so onto the podium results for Fly 5K event 40.
Men 1) Jeremy DEMPSEY, Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers (14:44) 2) Darren DEED, Dunstable Road Runners (15:05) 3) Kieran O’HARA, Havering AC (16:27)
Women 1) Stacey ORMEROD, St Albans Striders (19:05) 2) Sally ONN, Blagnac Sporting Club Athlétisme (19:28) 3) Joanna PARKER, Unattached (19:49)
Age Graded 1) Darren DEED, Dunstable Road Runners (92.15%) 2) Claudine BENSTEAD, Okehampton RC (90.44%) 3) Jeremy DEMPSEY, Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers (88.12%)
The full results can be seen in the attached PDF and also on the Fly 5K website (best viewed on a laptop/dedsktop).
Fly 5K started on Saturday 6th June 2020. Over 7,500 5K results have been posted in the 40 weeks since. Huge thanks to Graham Smith for creating such an amazing event where “the effort is 100% real”.
Report by Steve Bowran.