On a wonderful December morning, chilly and crisp with a touch of frost in the air Santa, Rudolph and the elves were out for gallop! Bedale & Aiskew Runners (BAR) took over Bedale Park to host a Christmas 5k and 1Mile Santa Fun run.
The day was crisp and dry, the going was good to heavy in places! The rain over the preceding days had left its mark on the parts of the course off paths with wet slippery mud adding challenge to staying on your feet. Much enjoyment was had by all taking part and many cheering supporters and volunteers.
The 1Mile Santa Fun run was 1 lap of the course heading away from Bedale Hall, up Keepers Walk to the turning point at the Snowman’s nose! Slip sliding your way back down Keepers Walk and heading left handed round the park path to finish with the cheering crowds by the Bandstand. The 1Mile Santa Fun run saw 30 finishers, 10 of those were children of BAR members supported by parents and family. 1st across the finish line was Alfie Clarkson, 2nd Joshua Boyle and 3rd overall and 1st girl was Isabelle Smith. 4th overall and 3rd for home for the boys was Ashton Kitching, for the girls finishing 2nd was Abigail Smith and 3rd Niyah Conlin.
The Christmas 5k run this was 3 laps of the course, so 3 times the mud! A strong pace was set by the leaders 1st home was Anthony Jefford, 2nd Will Retchless, 3rd Trevor Schofield, these 3 made up the Senior male category. In the overall group of the ladies; 1st Rebecca O’Connell, 2nd and 1st under 12 Matilda Ellis, 3rd Rebecca Smith, the under 12’s girls was made up with 2nd Francesca Whapples, 3rd Dawn Griffin, in the Junior (13-19) 1st Beth Constantine. In the Senor ladies category 1st Rebecca O’Connell, 2nd Rebecca Smith, 3rd Claire Temple, and in the ladies 40+ category 1st Victoria Howard, 2nd Helen Cox and 3rd Karen Macpherson. The Male 40+ category was 1st Andy Schofield, 2nd Andy Styles, 3rd Paul Bainbridge, and the Boys under 12 category was 1st Austin Kelsey, 2nd Freddie Crowe, 3rd Lewis Campbell.
The distance is the same whether you are first or last, so a massive well done to everyone who took part. A big thank you to all the volunteers from BAR who made the event possible and providing a warm welcome for everyone and creating a great atmosphere, all the smiles are what it is all about.
The full results can be found at:
1 Mile Santa Fun Run: https://www.bedaleandaiskewrunners.org.uk/race-updates/santa-1-mile-fun-run-results/