On Sunday (3 December), runners of all ages came together in support of St Richard’s Hospice. They wore festive outfits and stepped into Christmas at the Yuletide Jog in Evesham, Worcestershire.
Registration took place at 9am followed by the main event at 10am. Children aged 16 and under had to be accompanied by an adult and many of them entered into the spirit of the occasion despite the damp, drizzly conditions. Snow would have been their choice of weather but the Met Office forecast said otherwise.
Stakes were high in the fancy dress competition with an eye-catching display of Santas, elves, reindeer and Christmas trees from the youngsters and young at heart. All of whom were vying for the ‘Best Costume’ prize.
The event started at 10am from the Valley Retail Park in Evesham, a scenic, multi-terrain 5k route with the option to walk, jog or run. The terrain included fields and woodlands so weren't suitable for wheelchairs or anyone wanting to walk/run with a pushchair. Entrants could run on their own, with friends or work colleagues and raise funds for the hospice at the same time. Added to this was a generous touch in the form of a Christmas stocking for each entrant which was filled with festive goodies from the ‘treat stations’ along the way.
The organisers emphasised the non-competitive nature of this event: there was no chip timing or PB-chasing with instead, everyone enjoying a morning run in good company. They were presented with a bottle of water and a Yuletide Jog medal as a souvenir of the day.