Santa Claus was running to town at yesterday's (Sunday 17 December) festive themed 8K. There was a sea of red and white as over 270 runners entered into the yuletide spirit at the Draycote Water Santa Dash in Warwickshire.
This was a fun way to end the running year as people of all ages and abilities completed one lap around the reservoir at Draycote Water dressed as their favourite Christmas character. The weather was gloomy but the atmosphere was upbeat as entrants walked, jogged or ran a flat course approximately 8k in distance.
The race started at 9.45am with every runner wearing a Santa suit provided by the organisers as part of the overall theme. There were prizes for the first five men and women and a bespoke medal and goody bag for everyone along with mince pies at the finish.
Andrew Siggers of Wentworth Runners won the Santa Dash in a speedy 26:50 followed by Dean Clarke of Massey Ferguson RC in 27:11. Peter Soley of Spa Striders was third in 27:51.
Nicola Bowen was the fastest Mrs Claus, winning the women’s race in 32:07. Veronika Ulicna was second in 38:01 with only two seconds separating her from Lisa Abbott of Sphinx AC who came third in 38:03.
Janice Markham was the midpoint runner in 49:31.
Taking part was a group of people called Team Alice who have undertaken numerous events during 2017 on behalf of the Hibbs Lupus Trust. They are friends and family of Alice Pointer who was diagnosed with lupus in 2013 and has been supported by the charity throughout this time. This was their last race for this year which has helped them achieve their fundraising target.
Photo courtesy of Gary Beechey.