Better late than never as annual 5k turns into belated Christmas cracker

pic - Rodger Price - Fun Run SCP
pic - Rodger Price - Fun Run SCP

IF you happened to be in Strathclyde Park on Sunday morning you might have thought the world had gone barking mad.

As around 500 people pounded their way through the park dressed as everything from Santa Claus to Christmas trees, well and truly wiping away the January blues.

The festive season might be over but one of the highlights of the holiday is the annual jogscotland Christmas Cracker 5k, which was another casualty of the bad weather and therefore did not take place last year.

Renamed the Post (poned) Christmas Cracker 5k, the event finally went ahead on Sunday proving that where there is a will there is a way.

The event is run in association with Run 4 It and North Lanarkshire Leisure and this year it proved a popular way for participants to kick off their exercise regimes and shed those extra post Christmas pounds.

Those taking part came from local jogscotland groups with others coming from as far as Aberdeen. Entrants ranged in age from 11 to 72-years-old – proving that it is never too early or late to take up a more active lifestyle.

Alistair Currie, jogscotland manager, said: “The postponed Christmas Cracker 5k was a great way to kick off the New Year for jogscotland. Congratulations to everyone for taking on the challenge to walk/jog/run a 5k and make a positive start to their health and fitness goals for 2011.”

Participants took to the lochside 5k course for a bit of fun and fresh air on a crisp winter’s morning – all keen to get back into their training now that the snow and ice had disappeared from the park’s paths.

This year, the first man home was Alan McRae who completed the course in a fantastic 18.06. Allison Simpson took the title of first female in a time of 20.13.

All finishers received a goody bag, t-shirt and medal, and prizes were kindly donated by Run 4 It, Scotland’s running specialists.

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