5k run is a real cracker

FUN RUN . . . the event attracts participants dressed up in all sorts of costumes.
FUN RUN . . . the event attracts participants dressed up in all sorts of costumes.
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SANTA, Rudolph and any other festive character you can think of pounded the paths of Strathclyde Park to take part in the JogScotland Christmas Cracker 5K.

The fun run on Sunday, December 4 - held in association with Run 4 It and North Lanarkshire Leisure - attracted around 300 participants in festive fancy dress despite the freezing conditions.

Runners, joggers and walkers took to the lochside 5k course for a bit of fun and fresh air on the crisp winter morning. First male was Andrew Lawler from Law and District AAC who completed the course in 17 minutes while Paige Dickson led the females home with a time of 20.54.

Alistair Currie, JogScotland manager, said: “The Christmas Cracker is a great way to take part in the festivities, without the usual indulgence that other forms of Christmas celebrations can have!

“The atmosphere was fantastic and the Christmas trees, snowmen and elves all seemed to enjoy themselves.”

All finishers received a goody bag, t-shirt and medal and prizes were kindly donated by Run 4 It, running specialists.

JogScotland groups continue to train throughout the winter across Scotland. Training with a group helps to boost motivation levels and it is safer to train with others when there are fewer daylight hours.

Blane Dodds, chief executive of North Lanarkshire Leisure, said “Taking part in one of our JogScotland classes is the perfect way to keep fit, find some new friends, have fun and socialise at the same time.”

Anyone who is interested in taking part in this very popular health and fitness programme in the new year can find a list of JogScotland classes that operate throughout North Lanarkshire at www.nlleisure.co.uk or can get more information by contacting Bonny Wallace, sports development officer, by calling 01698 274623.

For more pictures, see this week’s Times & Speaker, dated Thursday, December 22.