Tuesday, 16 December 2014


A wet and windy day was forecast for Calderglen Harriers annual Christmas Fun Run on Sunday 14th December 2014.  Back due to the success from last year, the fun run for the young athletes took the format of a relay race to encourage participation from all age groups. The response from the young athletes was overwhelming with 33 taking part beating 2013’s record entry of 28.
Despite a few call offs due to seasonal colds & flu’s, we had 11 teams comprising of 3 young athletes under the guise of festive names.  The teams were Crackers, Elves, Christmas Puddings, Snowmen, Turkeys, Reindeer, Stockings, Brussel Sprouts, Sleighbells, Stars and Carol Singers.
2014 contenders
As always to get into the festive spirit of the event it was gently encouraged for all to wear festive fancy dress and there was a wide range of runners with festive costumes on display.  We had Thing 1 & 2 from Dr Seuss’s Cat in The Hat, Santas, Christmas Hat & Jumper runners, Batgirl and Michael Jackson in Thriller guise. I grant you the later not particular festive but this adds more fun and variety to the race.  Each runner in their team ran 1 lap of the Christmas Handicap route covering 1.3k totalling each team running 3.9k. In old money that’s 0.8 miles per lap totalling 2.4 miles.
Last minute check of leg 2 runners!
First leg runner Rudi Jordan had the hard job of setting a sustainable winning pace, leg two runner Holly McAneny had the hard job of maintaining the lead that Rudi worked hard for and Emma Lawton had the third leg glory run leading the Reindeer’s to victory in a total time of 16:56. Congratulations to the 2014 winning team, Reindeers. That’s now 2 years in a row Holly has been in the winning team so an extra well done to Holly.  In second place was Christmas Puddings who were Sarah Dunn, Fergus Kane and Helen Anderson and third place was Snowmen who were Benjamin Fegan, Libby Currie and Haleigh Muir.
Two of the older junior Harriers took on the seniors and did the full 4 mile (6.5k) individual course which consisted of 5 laps. They were Marc McQuade and Emma Lawton who both did a lap in the junior relay so they actually both did 6 laps.  Again both young runners showed they more than capable of holding their own on this fun but tough event.  Emma finished in a solid 4th place out of 19 runners and lost out to 3rd place to her Dad Richard.  This is the only chance Richard has to beat Emma in a race.  Emma’s time of 27:21 was the fastest female of the day. Marc McQuade returned to this event zipping round the big ones in a great time of 29:58.  Well done to both.
A big thank you to all the parents for bringing their kids along and supporters who there to cheer them running in this winter weather.  It is really appreciated.  Official photos should be in the EK News in the coming week, courtesy of John McIntyre.
Merry Christmas
See senior blog for report on the individual Christmas Handicap race with results. http://calderglen.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/ho-ho-ho.html

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