Christmas Fun

As mentioned in yesterday's post, today marked Day 1 of my London Marathon training schedule... and I started with a bit of fun.  Some of my Bridlington Road Runners team mates ran a Christmas Eve Half Marathon, which follows the route of the well established Bridlington Half Marathon, held in October.  I took part last year, but am still not 100% fit following an upper respiratory infection, so I thought I'd have to sit it out, this year. 

Enter Tom Fynn, of TCF Photography, who is our unofficial but ever-present Sewerby parkrun photographer. Tom decided to arrange a 5K fancy dress run along Bridlington's North Promenade, up to Sewerby Hall, and back. This followed the Lions' annual Santa Dash route. 

It was a first-time event and we didn't know how many to expect... maybe just a handful? But by the 9:00am start time, there were about 20 festively dressed participants chomping at the bit! There was no official timing--just our own sports watches--and the emphasis was on camaraderie and the Christmas Spirit.

As you can see, Mr and Mrs Claus and the elves were out in full force, but one or two of us bucked the trend. I wore my hula outfit and there was a jail breaker in our midst. Pete said he was doing time for pinching things (mostly bottoms)... but it's all behind him now!

Afterwards, some of us repaired to our local Wetherspoon's pub, the Prior John, for breakfast, and waited to greet the half-marathoners on their return. All in all, we had a great morning... an excellent start to Christmas. Many thanks to Tom for organizing the 5K and to Road Runners' Andy Baker for once more marshalling the troops for the Christmas Half Marathon.

Everyone was in festive mood and I was happy to receive several promises of sponsorship for my London Marathon effort in aid of the Macular Society.

If you would like to help me reach my target of £2,620.00 (£100 per mile) just click on this link to my JustGiving Page. Thank you so much for your help... I could not do it without you!





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