The 2015 Christmas Cracker 10k and 20k race was held on the 12th December, based at Warwickshire College at Moreton Morrell, and several Triathlon Redditch members took part. The day started off not looking to promising, with cold rain, making most of us wish we had stayed in bed! After Huddling in race HQ to shelter from the rain and pick up our race numbers (from Julie Brown and Louise Beasley, two club members who were volunteering). As we ventured out for the 10am start, it had miraculously stopped raining!
The 20k race started first, and the 10k race started 2 minutes later. The course started on a big downhill – which meant a big uphill on the way back. It wasn’t run on closed roads, though they were quiet country roads, with no car incidents! Marshalls were placed at strategic points with big red flags (including Louise B pulling a double shift!). The course took us through a couple of small villages, and up and down a couple of small hills. Turning back towards the college the wind made its first unwelcome appearance of the day. The final hill back into the college gets steeper as it goes along, and as we rounded a bend on the hill, it hit us full in the face! Once that was conquered it was a short sprint to the finish line…unless you were doing the 20k, when it was turn around and do it all again. The main difference other than the distance between the 10k and the 20k was the increasing wind strength.
Some of the runners took the Christmas theme literally and turned up in fancy dress, including several people dressed as crackers, Elves and Santa – but some took it to extremes, with one guy wearing only a Reindeer mankini and running shoes.
If you fancy running this course, then it is run three times a year – The Mad Dash, the Schools out, and the Christmas cracker. See http://www.raceways.eu for more details and entry.
Here are the results from the run:
Charlotte Hewer 01:38:30
Louise Morey 01:53:12
Russell Morey 43:24
Mel Skipp 53:39
Michelle Baylis 58:29
Lisa O’Donovan 01:01:35