New event to boost festival fundraising

Man glides down a zipwire from the top of All Saints' Church during last year's Flying Man Festival.
Man glides down a zipwire from the top of All Saints' Church during last year's Flying Man Festival.

Funds raised from this year’s Flying Man Festival in Pocklington could soar higher than ever before, with a new running event and a silent auction set to be held.

The Flying Man 60 running event will take place at Pocklington School on 7 May, while a number of top prizes will be up for grabs for the silent auction, including a holiday at a villa in France, a meal for two with champagne, afternoon tea and a facial.

Staged in association with RM English, Pocklington School and Pocklington Runners, the Flying Man 60 will see participants test themselves on a specially designed course at Pocklington School’s playing fields for a duration of 60 or 30 minutes. With various categories - junior under 18, adult 18-40 and senior over 40 - for children and adults, it is hoped the event will attract families young and old, with funds going to Pocklington’s All Saints’ Church.

A member of the festival’s organising committee said: “We are extremely pleased to have RM English on board as the main event sponsor and thanks must also go to David Byass at Pocklington School for his assistance in enabling this event to happen, along with Alan Kendra from Pocklington Runners. We hope the Flying Man 60 will become as popular as the festival’s abseil event and help raise funds for the church.”

Applications forms can be downloaded at and are available from Pocklington Arts Centre and All Saints’ Church with entry fees £10 and £5 for UK athletic club affiliates.

The Flying Man Committee would like to appeal to everyone to support the silent auction by either donating or bidding for prizes. If you, or someone you know, is willing to donate a prize then contact the committee and it will add this to the list of prizes on offer. The auction list will be left in All Saints’ Church the week before the Flying Man event. All you have to do is put your bid on the list. The auction will run up to and include the weekend of the event.

Donations of auction items can be collected and anyone wanting more details can contact Nick Collins from the Flying Man Committee on 07960 832486 or email: The 12th annual Flying Man Festival will take place from 6-8 May.