Joggers get cracking for Christmas

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STRATHCLYDE PARK saw 238 people brave the chill on Sunday to take part in Jogscotland’s annual Christmas Cracker 5K Challenge.

The park sees many running events over the course of the year, but this is perhaps the most colourful, with many participants getting into the seasonal spirit by donning Santa outfits.

Icy conditions meant organisers had to reroute the challenge for safety, which resulted in a slightly longer course of around 5.7k.

Jogscotland programmes coordinator Ann Davidson was delighted with how things went.

She said: “It was a great day, with everyone who took part giving their all to make it a really special event, with a fun, festive atmosphere.

“We were so pleased to be able to hold the run despite the ice, and thanks to everyone for bearing with us.

“We had to think on our feet to make sure there was a course we could get people round safely.

“We had people of all ages and abilities doing their very best and great support too.

“There were some particularly good costumes this year, with turkeys, Christmas puddings and even a unicyclist making their way around the course.”

First across the line for the men was George Pettet in a time of 21 minutes 18 seconds.

He was followed by Jason Murray and Alick Walkinshaw, while the first woman to finish was Lesley Clarkson in 23.15 mins ahead of Megan Smith and Serena O’Keeffe.

A full list of results can be downloaded from