& Photos: Dozens of Santas go on the run at Brean Down!
of Santas took part in a festive running event on Brean Down near
Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (December 13th).
athletes donned traditional red suits for the gruelling Santa
Scramble where the runners raced up the steep slopes, then over
the rocky terrain to the wartime fort and back.
The adults were able to choose either a 5km or 10km course while
children were able to do a 1km run along the bottom of the Down
or a 50m dash.
multi-terrain adult run started from the foot of Brean Down next
to the cafe and then ascended straight onto the steep hill to
course then directed the runners over the challenging hills with
a gradual descent to the old fort where the turnaround point pointed
them along the opposite side of the Down and back to the finish.
had a mass of Santas in red suits running, jogging and walking
this amazing, iconic local National Trust landmark. It was great
fun for everyone!" said one of the organisers.
of the 5k in a time of 23mins 21secs was Neil Smith 30
seconds ahead of runner-up Ross Wayne. Daisy Goldsmith was third
in 27mins 02 secs.
Burley, of Bristol and West AC, won the 10k race in 44mins 59
secs with Sean Leadbetter, of North Bristol Tri Club, second in
46mins 25secs. Third was Daryl Phillips, of Bristol and West AC,
in 48mins 05 secs. Kate Whitfield was the first female finisher
in 54mins 57secs in ninth position overall.
Anderson and Phil Strange, both of Burnham-on-Sea Harriers, were
eighth and tenth respectively.
5k: Overall Neil Smith; Female U-20 Daisy Goldsmith;
Male U-20 Felix Smith; Senior Female Katie Paull;
Senior Male Ross Wayne; Veteran Female 40 Claire
Boom; Veteran Female 50 Elizabeth Davis; Veteran Female
60 Gillian Hopkins; Veteran Male 40 Alan Wilcox;
Veteran Male 50 Neil Smith; Veteran Male 60 David
10k: Overall Mark Burley; Female Under-20 Abbie
Barnes; Senior Female Clowance Cotterill; Senior Male
Mark Burley; Veteran Female 40 Kate Whitfield; Veteran
Female 50 Jayne Hewlett; Veteran Female 70 Patricia
Seabrook; Veteran Male 40 Joe Wharton; Veteran Male 50
Richard Hayden; Veteran Male 60 Colin Lintern.
route was marked out with eco friendly temporary spray paint arrows
on the ground to ensure that Brean Down is preserved and not damaged
in any way.
and walkers of all ages and abilities took part in the event
doctor Stuart Anderson was among the festive runners
and dry weather gave perfect weather conditions for the event
runner Jane Lambert was also among the local competitors
of the competitors' dogs came along for the run too!
of the Burnham Harriers team at the event (pic Daniel Anderson)
Gemini Tae Kwon Do team before setting out on the 10km run
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