Pre Christmas and New Year Run Reports


13th Christmas Pudding Dash

I went to a winter solstice gathering on the 21st December and became aware of the 13th Christmas Pudding Dash the following day at Pett, in East Sussex. This was a Nice-Work event and run on footpaths, fields and through woodland starting and finishing at the village hall in Pett. It was advertised as 5 miles but the recent rain had left parts of last years course flooded so the route was changed slightly and it end up at around 4.6 miles distance. That said it was a pretty challenging course with mud, lots of ups and downs as well as twists and turns through the woods so the distance was quite adequate.

It was a very popular event with 358 runners finishing of varying ages most of whom were dressed for the occasion in a variety of Christmas outfits.

For me it was a bit of a memorial run as it took in much of the trails that John Lee and I ran on Saturday mornings in the past. Consequently I enjoyed taking in the scenery and the surroundings but had I run a touch harder I would have taken the M65 ‘bottle’ as I was beaten to it by 10 seconds.

1st George Pool JM Hastings AC 26:14  
3rd Grace Baker SF Hastings AC 29:20 1st lady
49th Mark Taylor M65 TWH 39:15 2nd M65

Lamberhurst 10K

On New Year’s day I was adjudicating the Lamberhurst 5 and 10K so decided to run mainly to clear my head after rather a short night. It was the usual friendly event and being more or less a two lap course meant you had the opportunity to give a shout to the other runners as you passed.

Mince pies and shot of whiskey as well as a bespoke medal were there for you at the finish. Tea and coffee was available in the village hall Race HQ, the annual run being held to raise funds for the upkeep of the hall.

There was a strong contingent from Tunbridge AC but the male team prize was won by Wadhurst Runners with Tonbridge AC taking the lady’s team prize.

There were 7 Harriers running in the 10k results below

1st  Anthony Bradley SM 36:10  
19th  Tina Oldershaw F50 41:30 1st lady
71st  Mark Taylor M65 47:53 1st M65
100th  Clare Andrew F45 50:10  
105th  Rose Sawyer F45 50:41  
117th  Luke Edwardes-Evans M55 51:21  
189th  Gary O’Reilly M55 57:31  
221st  June Edwardes-Evans F55 01:00:50  
229th  Ruth Gray F35 01:01:47  

Total of 299 Finishers

No Harriers were running in the 5K which had 121 finishers

Mark Taylor