Tough Times 2021
Time & Location
About the Event
We want to do something that can hopefully help some people struggling atm. As right now it’s really tough for many people. There were lot’s of job losses at the start and more coming now, and there’s a range of people being affected by this.
We want to provide the opportunity for people who have lost their jobs and/or are now reliant on universal credit to get by and definitely cannot afford luxuries like races entries to be able to get a Free Entry into one of our Virtual Races and/or finacially struggling in their household. We know it’s not much and definitely not like being at a real race but it might be a small plus point for some folk. So if you are in a difficult situation but would still like to be able to participate in a Flying Fox Virtual Race then this is the event for you.
When you sign up you will then be added to a list as each month we will do an allotted number of Free Race Entries for people on the list, going in chronological order of sign up and working our way down the list. Now we aren’t sure how many people may take us up on this, there could be lots and this might mean that you may have to wait until the next month (or maybe two, or more) until we get to you on the list. Or it may be that there’s very few and we can get you a medal as relatively quickly. We will try our best to make this work and think of ways to adapt it if we need to. The list just means that we can keep track if there are lots of sign ups, it is not visible to anyone else, and your name will be delted off of it once you have been given your race entry.
Now we don’t want people to have to plead at us with their stories, or embarrass people by making them have to prove their situation, or anything like that, so this is relying fully on people’s honesty. We hope this can work but it relies on people not abusing it, we are only a small business that is struggling through this time but we still want to do something that can hopefully help people, that said if people do abuse we will have to unfortunately stop it. However, don’t let this scare you if this is something that will genuinely help you then this is what it is here for and we have our precautions with a set limit for each month. The majority of runners are lovely, lovely people so I doubt we have to worry.
We’ve never set up anything like this before so please bear with us on making it work!
This is all anonymous to everyone but us (as we need to know details to send medals too etc.) and you will not be treated any differently, you will still be put into results if you want to be, you will still be sent your race info the same, and you will still get your medal the exact same way as everyone else. And if you feel too guilty, maybe think of it like an I.O.U. if and when you get more finacially stable make sure to support us and attend a few of our races, buy some merch, or help out and marshal sometime, if that makes you feel better (because we always appreciate the support!).
On sign up you will need to specify the distance you are comfortable running up to. Once you’re near the top of the list we will contact you and let you know which virtual event we have space in and the qualifying distance you need to run (within your range). Then you just need to run the distance of your race or further and then send us the proof via Facebook or email email@example.com. Proof can be a screenshot, or a photo of your watch, garmin, strava, fit bit or anything else that might pass for proof of your run!
Time wise, we will give you one month to complete your challenge in.
Location? Just leave your door or take a short and responsible drive/trip to somewhere quiet and get running. Remember if sharing publicly your run to make sure you have a privacy zone on if using strava.