25 Nov

Sweet Runnings

runners at the Cheddleton 10K Christmas Padding Race

It’s less than a month to the Big Day with the racing calendar getting into the Christmas spirit. Run, eat and be merry. And there are treats in store this Saturday (26 November) and Sunday (27 November) with five races taking place, three of which have a decidedly festive feel!

The feast starts on Saturday with the Run For Chocolate 5K at Emberton Park in Milton Keynes. This is one of a series of confectionary-themed events taking place around the country, which invite people to walk, jog or run in a relaxed, non-competitive atmosphere. The emphasis is on fun, fitness and wellbeing rather than PB’s with unlimited hot chocolate for all entrants.
It continues with the Chasewater Christmas Pudding Dash 10K and 5K in Burntwood, Staffordshire. With a 10.30am start time at Chasewater Country Park, runners follow a scenic, undulating route along paths and trails around the reservoir. Fancy dress is actively encouraged with mince pies, a festive themed medal and a Christmas pudding for all finishers. 
We stay in Staffordshire with the Cheddleton 10K Christmas Pudding Race, now in its 33rd year and still as popular as ever. It is organised by the Cheddleton Carnival Committee who host this and other events to raise funds for Cancer Research UK with a Christmas pudding for all entrants including those in the 2-mile fun run. 
Moving into Sunday with two races taking place, beginning with the EMA 10K and 2K in Derby. This is a new race from Hub Events in which runners complete a 6k and 4k loop around East Midlands Airport. 
The second race is the Caythorpe 10K, a multi-terrain race that starts at 11am from Caythorpe playing field in Grantham. 
For more information about these and other events, visit our race listings section. 
Photo courtesy of Bryan Dale