Serpiesphere Virtual 5K – Easter Special Results and Race 7 Instructions

Hi Serpies,

Well done to the 52 runners who saw in April Fools’ Day and Easter by taking part in Serpiesphere Race 6. An impressive 37 of these have completed every race so far of Series 3 – it’s great to see so many regular participants!

Race 6 Virtual Podium

We saw lots of changes on the podium over the course of the past fortnight, with the added promise of an Easter egg further increasing the level of competition! 


Congratulations to these 3 runners who finished on top: 

1st Place: Steve Hastings surged ahead in the later stages of the competition, knocking more than a minute of his previous time which also won him third place in Race 5, with a handicapped time of 58:59 (net time of 23:44).

2nd Place: Sarah Knox took the lead early on but eventually finished in silver medal position with a handicapped time of 59:24 (net time of 26:09).

3rd Place: Lloyd Bevan takes third place, following just a second behind, with a handicapped time of 59:25 (net time of 24:25). 


Also, the fastest performers of Race 6 are:

Fastest Male: Matthew Vokes is back on form and takes the award for the fastest male, with a net time of 18:02 (handicapped at 60:32). 

Fastest Female: Mariah McConnaughey holds onto her title from last week, achieving the fastest female time for the fourth time of the series, with a net time of 19:51 (handicapped at 60:51). 

Best age-graded performance: This one goes to Victoria Brown, who achieved a fantastic age grading of 79.2%, as well as the second fastest female race time.


As Race 6 was the second of our special A-races, all participants’ points have been doubled for this week, which means everyone who took part in this race has scored at least 6 points in the overall rankings.

To view the full results of the Spring series so far and check where you stand in the league table, click here.

We’re also marking the occasion by giving away some tasty Easter eggs. The first egg goes to our race winner this fortnight, Steve Hastings. The second will be awarded to another of the 52 participating runners, who will be randomly selected in a draw due to take place during the coming days.

I’d also like to say a special thank you to Philip Whitehouse for stepping in at short notice and saving the race from an unexpected IT glitch! 


Photo competition

Thank you to those of you who shared your running photos over the past fortnight. It’s a great way to feel connected to members all over the UK and further afield, before we can start travelling freely again.

This time the winner of the photo competition is Sid Wills. This inspiring action shot was taken of Sid running one of his weekly 5Ks up and down his street in memory of Sarah Everard. Each time he carries a bunch of flowers in Serpie colours, which he presents to a different woman living in his street at the end of the run. 


Serpiesphere Race 7 – How to enter 

If you’re looking for some inspiration for your next race, you may be interested to know that on Easter Saturday, Beth Potter recorded the second-fastest road 5K time ever for a female athlete. Potter completed her 5K race in the Lancashire village of Barrowford in an amazing 14:41. There will be a bonus prize and special mention for any runners who can beat this time in Serpiesphere Race 7! 

Potter’s time may also qualify for a world record, depending on regulations such as the accuracy of the court measurement. For the full story, click here

Race 7 is open now and will run until 10pm on Thursday 15th April.


Follow the instructions below to enter:

1. Run 5K, anytime before the closing date. You can run on any route you choose, wherever you are in the world! Just don't choose a route with a significant net downhill.

2. Enter your time before 10pm on Thursday 15th April here. Click "self-add result" and then choose "1 April 2021" (which includes all performances from 1st to 15th April).

3. Take a photo or screenshot that shows your time and distance. This can be a screenshot of your Strava / Garmin result page, or a picture of your watch. As long as the distance is a minimum of 5.00km (or 3.11 miles) and it shows a finish time, it will be accepted.

4. Submit the photo or screenshot here -  before 10pm on 15th April (this link can also be found in the same page as the “self-add result” page). Click “Add Files” and find the file you want to add. You do not need a Dropbox account. This will just ask for your name (so we can correlate your performance with the time submitted) and email address (so you’ll get a confirmation of upload).

5. If you can, also upload a photo of somewhere along your running route. As we're geographically separated at the moment, this is a nice way to keep in touch with where other people are running. There will be special mentions and possibly even prizes for the most artistic photos.

6. Shortly after the race closing time, the Serpie computer system will magically calculate your handicapped time and award your points. You'll score at least 3 points for entering (or at least 1 point if you're a scratch runner), plus extra points depending on your finishing position.

7. You’re welcome to run 5K more than once during the 2-week race period, and then choose your best time to enter. If you’ve already registered a time and then manage to improve on it, just click “edit” after selecting the race date, and change it your new improved time.

More information

Please email Sophie if you have any questions or need help entering your time.

Don't forget to follow social distancing guidelines during your races, and don't run if you have any symptoms of Covid 19.

Good luck everyone!


The Serpiesphere Virtual 5K team (Sophie, Baiju and Pete)


Submitted: 8 April 2021