(Update: I used the provisional results for Herrington Park instead of waiting for the official results, which means that some of the results, and consequently, GP totals, are not correct. We’ll get this sorted)
Team Smitchard & Hamill braved the -3°C Boxing Day winds blowing 35 kph to conquer the steps of doom!
It was a windy, cold, horrible and foul day. We parked at the top car park on the Science Site and could hardly stand in the wind. After a while, we got a special gadget to check into the controls which were hidden in Houghall Woods.
There were lots of tricky places where the controls were hidden, with obstacles, slippery mud, hills and steps. I also taught the grown ups a new technique to climb hills, “Climb like a tiger!”.
I was pretty pleased that I managed to run in my wellies alongside Captain Gareth – I think I’ll catch him at parkrun one day!
After a run along the top of the forest, we had to go into a gorge which was very deep. We saw lots of other people, going in different directions, but luckily we had a compass and my Dad is good at reading maps. We had to be back within an hour, or we would get penalties. So, we decided to run up the steps of doom which were very tricky and tiring.
When we got to the top, we had to run fast across the car park towards the finish. Then we queued up to get our scores and Gareth got me some chocolate!
Patrick Hamill (aged 7) #parkrunpat
David Aspin has taken a great batch of photos from today’s event and are available as a Flickr album:
Well done to everyone who turned out tonight, particularly those who were super luminous, reflective and lit up! Shining bright like diamonds!
Given the darkened streets we really do recommend people purchase kit that helps them be seen by motorists, cyclists and other pedestrians. To encourage this and in memory of the girls who tragically lost their lives in the recent accident we will be dedicating the next club run to them. We’d like you to invest in (borrow / share) items to keep you safe and wear them ALL on club run night to make our own ‘lumiere’ event on 8th December. A few people had the heel lights on and they were really fab, as were the flashing arm bands. Only a few quid from eBay! Failing that neon clothing / over vests etc are available at reasonable prices – not the most fashionable items but could save a life.
Shaun was the Elvet Striders web officer for many years and has contributed countless reports and articles. Many of you will have heard the news about Shaun. After a routine blood test he has been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) and within two days admitted to the Northern Centre for Cancer Care in Newcastle for an intensive 4 week session of chemotherapy.
Shaun and Ros are very positive and seeing Shaun you wouldn’t realise he is ill. His amazing fitness, positivity and good humour are all helping him. Shaun’s doctors are checking the stem cell register for a match so he can have a transplant.
This post is to help publicise and encourage as many fit young people to join the stem cell register.
Registering is very easy, you just need to be under 55 and you can sign up below: