Ampthill and Flitwick Flyers was formed in 1988. From a handful of runners back then we now have over 300 members.
Ampthill & Flitwck flyers
Ampthill and Flitwick Flyers running club was formed in 1988 by its founding member Steve Jordan, who placed an advert in Flitwick Leisure centre looking for like-minded athletes to join him. The clubs aim from inception, was to provide a way for runners of all abilities to make friends, train and race together.
The club hosted it’s first event in September of that year, taking part in the Race the World challenge. The Flitwick 10k followed and then the Ampthill Trophy, resurrecting a race that was first run in 1974 which had ceased to exist. These races continue to this day, along with the Marston 5k.
From a handful of runners, the club has grown with membership reaching levels that Steve probably never envisaged when he put up that first poster. It celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2013, when members were challenged to complete 25 different race distances during the year which many achieved. By 2018 and the 30th anniversary that was extended to 30 race distances ranging from 100m to ultramarathons.
Club members compete in races throughout the country and abroad, not just running but also duathlons, biathlons, triathlons and cycling events. Friendship has always been key to its success, leading to many non-race activities including fancy dress Christmas and summer runs, invitation runs to other clubs with a social gathering after and weekend camping trips. Despite the clubs’ growth and success, one thing has never changed. It’s still great fun.