Day 336 Mile 336: Penmaenmawr Santa Dash. So often the real pleasure of going for a run is not necessarily the running itself, but rather the things that happen around it. This run is an absolute case in point.
Today is the village’s festive fayre, a tradition which had dwindled a bit but has been reinvigorated this year. It’s a chance to meet friends, natter, get dressed/painted up silly, eat and drink, listen to some music and generally get into the yuletide spirit.
As well as all of this, there is the 1 mile Santa Dash. At the insistence of my daughter we got dressed up, paid our entry got our numbers and ran up and down the prom, a route we often walk anyway. That’s the point really, not that it is something new or grand, but that it is the everyday with a twist, a bit of fun and kindness. It was great to bump into friends of mine and hers on the start line and to support other mates who had organised the event largely for the fun of it. It was cool to swagger through the village with our medals and numbers pinned on our Santa hoodies and it was fantastic to keep warm before the start by throwing rocks into the churning sea as Fairy Tale of New York blasted out of the race PA.
Yes we ran together, and yes I could have gone a lot faster by myself but if anything today really shows how something as apparently simple as putting one foot in front of the other can create an entire network of links to other people and things which you care about….. I think I may just have to go and watch The Muppet’s Christmas Carol to carry on the good cheer fix 🙂
I’m running a mile each day everyday for 2017. If you feel you can sponsor me please do, as all the money raised will go to the Cleft Lip & Palate Association (CLAPA) who provide services all across the UK to support people affected by it.
Distance: 1443.0 meters recorded (It was written up as 1 mile but my GPS obviously doesn’t agree, I think its probably a glitch on the part of my kit, but I’ll do a bit more tomorrow in case!)
(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)
Thanks as ever for all the support!