First of all, thank you each and everyone for coming to Melrose today for the inaugural 13.1km Christmas Pudding Race. Can’t believe how lucky we got with the weather from the gale force winds day before to the rain and wind after the race today!!
Also a huge thank you to the marshals and sweeper out on the route today, without them, this race simply would not take place, they were brilliant! Thanks again to the ladies doing the catering today, Burts Hotel, Melrose for making the soup and Martin Bairds the Butchers, Melrose and Emma Kidd for supplying and making the home-made sausage rolls. Amazing Also a final thanks to anyone who brought along a tray-bake for us to enjoy after the race.
There is still time for you to be in with a chance to WIN an Apple iPad mini with a 2 year warranty from John Lewis, Edinburgh - All you have to do is donate a minimum of £5 and in multiples thereafter for your name to automatically be in the draw on 19th December so you can have this before Christmas Day. An amazing gift for someone or yourself. www.justgiving.com/Chris-Renton1
Professional photographer Richard Sharpe was out and about on the Christmas Pudding route on Sunday to take some great photos. These should be available any time now. Please take a few moments to have a look. Could be a great Christmas present for someone.
Sunday 15th December 10.30am starting at the old Melrose Railway Station, postcode TD6 9PR . Entries closed!
Registration, number pick up and short briefing will now take place in the Corn Exchange, next door to the Ormiston Institute in Market Square, Melrose. This race is Scottish Athletics permit granted. Registration will be open from 9.30am and will close at 10.10am sharp so we can walk to the start line
The route for this race is similar to the Melrose 13.1km Road Race held in August … but in reverse!
If you are familiar with the August edition, then you will realise the hardest part of the Christmas Pudding race will be from the 2nd to the 3rd mile of the route. The first mile or so is flat then there is a steep incline for just over 1 mile. Once you have reached the peak there is a lovely 2 miles of downhill. This will be where you have the chance to enjoy the views which stretches for miles on a clear day and also a chance to get your breath back. At the 4 mile mark there will be the only water station where you find the rest of the route undulating. Only one more short, stinky hill then a lovely 1 mile fast downhill run heading back towards Melrose and to the finish line. Each finisher will receive a Christmas pudding instead of a medal.
After you have finished, you are invited to make your way down to the Corn Exchange, TD6 9PN in Melrose for hot soup and a roll with butter, tray bake with tea or coffee. Non runners can also enjoy the small buffet by making a donation at the table.
Entries for this race will be taken through http://www.entrycentral.com/Christmas-Pudding-Race - Online only. Please keep checking for updates etc. Cost for entry is £9. Due to the nature of the finishing memento, there will be no entries on the day. Sorry.
All profits from this small event will go towards my preferred charity, Brathay Trust who work with the most vulnerable and ‘hard-to-reach’, helping them to develop the confidence, motivation and skills that they need to unlock their potential and make real positive changes in their lives.
If you have any questions then don’t hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and i will do my best to reply within 24hrs.
See you there!