The festive fruity dessert was the theme at last weekend’s (25 November) Chasewater Christmas Pudding Dash with a choice of two distances. There was even a light dusting of snow to get everyone into the Christmas spirit.
Over 500 runners, many of whom wore themed fancy dress turned out on a chilly Saturday morning for this annual event that heralds the start of the yuletide race season. One of several races organised by Nice Work it was held on paths and trails around Chasewater Country Park with a Santa Dash for children.
The field set off at 10.30am from outside the Innovation Centre, completed a short loop around it before proceeding in a clockwise direction around the reservoir. The 10K runners did two laps of a well marked course with one lap for the 5K. The conditions were muddy underfoot and the temperatures on the low side; however, this didn’t spoil what was an enjoyable day with a festive medal, mince pies and a Christmas pudding for all finishers.
It was a one, two and three for Wolverhampton & Bilston AC in the 10K: Gareth Briggs was first across the line in 36:16, over half a minute in front of Robert Cartwright who was second in 36:49. Roger Grand was third in 37:59.
Tracie Trueman of Lawley RC won the women’s 10K in 42:48. Michelle Rushton-Fox of Stafford Harriers was second in 43:57 followed by Helen Mason of Market Drayton RC in 44:34.
Matthew Cuthbertson went at full speed to win the 5K in 18:57. Sue Street-Hall was equally quick as the first female in 21:01.
There are more Christmas themed races from Nice Work in the coming weeks. Visit their website
for further details.
Photo courtesy of Jon Norwell.