It was a job well done last Sunday (26 November) for Aaron Brown, winning the Chasewater Christmas Pudding Dash 10K in 35:10. Aaron and fellow Tipton Harrier Ben Gamble have enjoyed an outstanding year; both runners have a succession of impressive results to their names, which bodes well for the 2017 race season.
Paul Featherstone of Hermitage Harriers followed Aaron Brown taking second place in 35:22 with Paul Richards in third place in 36:23.
Cathy Russell was first lady, claiming the women’s crown in 41:14. There was a dead heat for second place between Frances Vickers of Birchfield Harriers and Pippa Steele of Stone Master Marathoners with both recording a time of 42:28. Christine Howard of Matlock AC came third in 42:38. It was a hard fought battle for first, second and third places in the women’s race.
Melissa White was the midpoint runner, finishing in 56:55.
The event took place at Chasewater Country Park and Reservoir, an area known for its deer and rare bird species and designated a site of special scientific interest. This multi-terrain race consisted of an undulating, two-lap course on trails and paths around the Reservoir with several runners getting into the festive spirit by wearing fancy dress.
All 10K finishers received a Christmas pudding, festive medal and goodies including mince pies on offer. In addition to this was a 5K Santa Dash for children who received a festive medal and treats for their efforts.
This event was organised by Nice Work and raised funds for Action for Children, a charity that works to improve the lives of disadvantaged youngsters around the UK.
Photo courtesy of Kate Deacon.