At the weekend there were two local Christmas Pudding races.
On Saturday the Langdale 10k started in freezing cold rain and wind, about 5 minutes after I had been persuaded to leave my rainjacket in the car. The competitors huddled up like emperor penguins at the south pole in winter; it was ok if you were in the middle of the pack. Fortunately we ran out of the weather as we went down the valley – unfortunately we ran back into it at the finish. One had to run fast to keep warm and I felt as if I’d done ok but, sadly, I was 18 seconds slower than last year 🙁 so no prizes to brag about. (And the winner of my class was a whoile 5 mins faster than me so lucky she wasn’t in last year’s race!) But all entrants get a big pudding:
No other pics as the supporters team was otherwise engaged (having a long lie-in) so Andy Sarah and I just had to cheer ourselves on.
On Sunday the Cumberland Fell Runners’ Christmas Pudding Race went through Setmurthy Woods. This takes the route of my summer after-work en-route-home 5.5 k training run, so I know it well. However, it is not usually quite so muddy at the top of the hill; on this occasion I should think a couple of minutes were lost with sliding around – should have worn fell shoes not trail shoes for that bit!
Debbie, a work colleague of mine, was doing her first race for a while after having been diagnosed with arthritis in her foot – but she still managed to smile:
…or maybe it was the costume that amused her?
Several elves entered this race as well as sundry Santas.
Happily I performed better on Sunday in spite of having run the day before, and got the FV50 prize. Fortunately that was not yet another pudding, but a bottle of plonk 🙂
So my cupboard is well stocked with festive cheer as shown below.