Sunderland Harriers are celebrating their Christmas Pudding Run on Boxing Day (Thursday 26th December) at Silksworth Sports Complex.
For those of you who haven't partaken in this seasonal event, it's your chance to give it a try.
For those who have enjoyed the event since it was restarted in 2016, here's your chance to have another bash.
Last year saw a record of 68 finishers; let’s see if we can top that this year!!
The Run will take the form of a sealed handicap and will be held over the Sunderland 5k course. The sealed handicap was a regular feature of North East road races up to and including the 1960s, before it dwindled out.
The Run is just for fun but can also give you an idea of 5km shape, the event record is 15.12 by Oliver James in 2018. It is open to all Sunderland Harriers and friends of the Club. To be eligible for one of the super prizes, prize winners must have paid the £2 entry before the deadline of Thursday 19th December.
Final placings will be decided using sealed handicaps which our totally unbiased organisers, no really, calculate in advance, hence the entry deadline. Everyone is in with a chance of winning.
2016: John Archer V50 – 27:34 Fastest on day: Barry Maskell - 16:25
2017: Emily Powell U11 - 25:09 Fastest on day: Andy Powell – 15:23
2018: Jak Jarvis U13 – 21:47 Fastest on day: Oliver James 15:12
The course is the traditional Sunderland Harriers 5k footpath course with the downhill start, circumnavigation of the lakes, and finish on the grassed area near the bridge which crosses the stream; and the Run starts at 10:30am.
Please ensure you familiarise yourself with the course before the start as we don’t want anyone going the wrong way!!
Prizes will be presented in the convivial atmosphere of The Cavalier, however to receive your prize you must be in there.
"How can I enter?" you ask, well just approach Albert James, Eddie Maddison, or Nathan Reed with your £2 and you're sorted. You can even offer your £2 at the Harriers' Christmas party on Saturday 14th December.