Wednesday, 8 December 2010

A chilly start to winter

Hopefully the early winter snow that cast us adrift from our offices and workplaces last week has gone for good – and we can now look forward to some great Christmas running weather.

We thought it timely to remind you that entries are still available for our three holiday races coming up over the next few weeks.

On Saturday 18th December the popular Christmas Pudding Dash returns for the fifth year and we’ll be looking for as many runners as possible to get into the Christmas spirit and dress appropriately. The race takes place in the stunning surroundings of Ashburnham Place, near Battle and in addition to a special Christmas medal and a Goody Bag, we’ll have Christmas puddings for all finishers plus there will be Mince Pies and Mulled Wine on offer as well. Christian Aid is our chosen charity for this year and they will be bringing along a film crew – so another reason to dress up!

Entries are available online via or you can download an entry form from our website

A day later on Sunday December 19th we return to Fowlmead Country Park, near Deal, for the 5th Kent Christmas Cracker. Once again we have medals, a goody bag and Christmas puddings for all finishers plus Mince Pies and Mulled Wine – for some reason we don’t normally have many fancy dress participants for this race – so it would be good to see some on the day!

Entries are available online via or you can download an entry form from our website

We have been asked to organise a New Year’s Day race to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Research Trust and so, for those brave souls who want to start 2011 with a challenging run, the Lamberhurst New Year’s Day 5 Mile Race is perfect! A couple of hills and some top running scenery make this an ideal location for a great race.

Once again, entries are available online via or you can download an entry form from our website

Looking ahead to 2011

For runners in East Sussex looking to train for a spring marathon, the organisers of the Sussex Marathon are holding marathon training days in Battle on 30th January and 27th February. More information from And from the same team, the Royal 5K will take place next year on April 29th - the date of the Royal Wedding. More details on

We are well ahead of previous year’s entries for the Ashford & District 10K on February 6th and this popular event looks set to top last year’s record entry. On Saturday March 12th we will also have the second running of the Reading St Patrick’s 5 Mile Race at the University. This event is looking to help the students’ charity fundraising ahead of the Reading Half Marathon which takes place a week later.

Also coming in thick and fast are entries for the Lydd Half Marathon on Sunday March 13th.We also have a race lined up in Wittersham – between Tenterden and Rye and near Ashford - on Sunday February 20th. This will be the second running of the Isle of Oxney Hot Soup 5 Mile Dash – it had a great first year, spoiled only by the incessant rain, so we’re hoping for blue sky and sunshine this time!

More information on all races are available on our website and you can enter all the events via

Our portfolio of events is set to increase fairly dramatically in 2011 with our appointment to manage a number of additional races on behalf of clubs, community groups and charities – and we’ll bring you news of these in due course.

Overseas events

We still have spaces available for our trip to Bruges for the Ostend to Bruges 10 Mile Race on March 5th. This is always a popular weekend and 2011 marks our 7th visit to the event – spaces are still available and the weekend will include plenty of time to enjoy the delights of Bruges!

Later in the spring we have our annual trip to Paris for the Paris Marathon, to Montreuil-sur-Mer for the Ramparts 10K and to Luxembourg for the Night Run. More information on our website

We also hope to release full details of our trips to Dublin for the half marathon and to Reykjavik for the Fire and Ice Marathon within the next few days.

You can always visit for more information on all our 2011 trips. Alternatively you can call us on 01797 230999 or email .

If we don’t see you at one of our Christmas events, may we wish you a very Happy Christmas and a happy and injury-free New Year.

Kind regards

Martin and Cathy Burke

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