It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas; Everywhere you go!

This weekend’s races were no exception, with Santa hats and Elf tights becoming the mainstay of many a running outfit for the next few weeks.

First though, we have 2 Parkrun results from the opposite ends of the World and opposite ends of the thermometer. First, at a balmy Hamilton Lake, Jim McIntosh continued his NZ Parkrun tourism with a 29:50 finish🇳🇿. Meanwhile, at a Baltic Poolsbrook, Paul Taylor clocked a 22:28.

Sunday saw a quartet of Festive themed races and so it was only right that our own “red and white” should feature strongly.

At the Edwinstowe Christmas 10K Trail Race, CRR’s Men won the overall Team Prize thanks to the winning run of Gareth “Dasher” Lowe in 35:08; the third-place finish for Jordan “Prancer” Street  in 37:38 and the 4th place of Lewis “Dancer” Banton in 38:12.

Behind them came Mark Waller in 45:43; Hannah Sharpe 48:59; Giles Searby 49:46 and Paddy Abbott 50:24. Julie King came in on 51:42; Annie Morton 55:18; Bridget Hemstock 55:21; Sarah Street-Rose 1:01:20 and bringing up the rear as running marshal/tail-runner, Lynn Hazelton 1:45:20.

The ever-popular Percy Pud 10K drew its usual strong field and there were some more great CRR performances.

First home for the Club was Philip “Comet” Morris in 44th Place , scoring a distance PB of over a minute with his 35:11  Chris “Cupid” Amery ran in a 38:39 for a distance PB of over half a minute  and Nick “Donner” Roberts banked a 42 second distance PB with his 39:16 finish.

Malc Stapelton finished in 40:44; Helen Worsfold 57:11; Malc Ward 1:19:12 and Sally Ward 1:22:10.

Meanwhile, at the Nottingham Christmas Half Marathon, Mike “Blitzen” Brown ran in an impressive 1:36:11 for a 7 and a half minute course PB.

At the Skegness Coasters Christmas 10K, Andrea “Vixen” Walker scored yet another 10K PB with her brilliant 46:06.

Finally, you guessed it, Richard “Rudolph” Hind ran in the Baslow Bolt, a new fell race in the calendar, run in sub-zero conditions, and he completed the 7.6-mile course in 1:08:47.

Well done all!