Although, we can’t run races on the roads this year as we might like, an alternative was devised where runners were able to race the runways. Hosted by EvenSplits, the inaugural Big Flat Runway Races were held at Elvington Airfield, near York. A multitude of distances were on offer (5K, 10K, 10 mile, half marathon and marathon) and each race was chip-timed, officially measured and UKA licensed. There were no mass starts and so no gun times. Instead, participants were set off in small socially distanced groups at intervals with results being a chip time as currently recommended by UKA. This venue was considered an ideal choice since Elvington airfield is huge! The runway is over 3km long and there is a huge 19.8 hectares rectangular hardstanding apron for car parking, with more than enough open space to allow for social distancing between competitors before, during and after the race. Runners were rewarded with a special Big Flat Space Race medal. The weather was a little kinder today although a head wind made it a tough battle!
Three Eccleshill Road Runners took on the challenge of the half marathon, Daniel Jenkins 1:37:58, Daniel Kirkham 1:59:03 and Sarah Rawlings 2:08:29. Well done Team!