Sunday, 20 December 2015


Seniors with a few juniors Christmas 2015
As part of Calderglen Harriers annual Christmas races, for the 3rd year the junior Harriers Relay Christmas fun run took place on Sunday 13th December with a record entry of 36 athletes. As normal the teams age and ability were mixed up to try make it as fair and open as possible to all who took part. We had 12 teams of 3 runners under the guise of festive names sporting a well drawn picture of the team name by in-house artist Melissa Lawton. 
This year we had Snowmen, Christmas Puddings, Christmas Trees, Bells, Stockings, Crackers, Naughty List, Brussel Sprouts, Candy Canes, Wise Men, Presents and Christmas Carols.
Due to weather conditions and road works closed off part of the route to traffic the decision was made to do a safer and shorter route. With a course inspection and a pre-race jog around the course the route was declared safe to run on with no ice underfoot and we were ready for the off. So the route took the usual start and ran up towards the observatory turning right onto a small trail route leading to the zoo car park.  From there running the far side of the car park then down to the bottom turning right onto the road leading back the start with a final left turn.  This route benefited the "Mini" Harriers (under 9s) and allowed the older ones to test their speed on a short course.
This year's winning team was Christmas Puddings who were Thomas Traynor (Leg 1), Lewis Moir (Leg 2) and Megan Anderson (Leg 3) who all received their Nike vouchers for coming first.
The other teams finished in the following order: Bells-2nd, Stockings-3rd, Crackers-4th, Christmas Carols-5th, Wise Men-6th, Naughty List-7th, Candy Canes-8th, Brussel Sprouts-9th, Presents-10th and Snowmen-11th.
For the first time this year all runners who took part received a red technical t-shirt to mark the occasion alongside a selection box and a secret Santa present.
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.  The parents who volunteered to be marshalls around the course and to my family Team Lawton for pre, during and post race support to get this event going.
It is really appreciated. 
Could those with photos of the event please e-mail to me as I did not take any photos at the event.
Merry Christmas
See senior blog for report on the individual Christmas Handicap race with results.

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