Thursday, 05 August 2021

Christmas jumpers de rigueur for Santa Run

IT wasn?t so much of a run as a pleasant jog on a mild Sunday morning

IT wasn?t so much of a run as a pleasant jog on a mild Sunday morning.

Perhaps it was the exhuberances of the night before or the 10am start that meant most of the participants in the Henley Santa on the Run race were, well, taking it easy.


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About 80 people joined in and many were dressed in Santa hats and coats or Christmas jumpers and even socks for the fifth annual charity event.


Families brought their dogs and their children, some old enough to take part with others being pushed around the two-mile course in Mill Meadows in decorated buggies.

Before the start, the ?runners? were taken through a warm-up by personal trainer Laura Pye who encouraged them to jog on the spot and to do star jumps.

After the race, they were rewarded with chocolate brownies and hot chocolate from the Quince Tree café at the River and Rowing Museum, where the race started and finished.


Of course, some runners were trying, namely 11-year-old Kai Sabijan, of Valley Road, Henley, who crossed the line first. Kai, who is a member of Reading Athletics Club and trains weekly, said: ?It was quite an easy run to be fair.

?I?ve done it for the last three years. I came eighth in my first year and third in my second and now I?ve come first. The people who beat me previously aren?t here so may be that?s why I won.?

The event raised £1,640, which will split between Mayor Lorraine Hillier?s chosen charities for her year in office, Mind Oxfordshire, the Teenage Wilderness Trust and Thames Valley Animal Welfare.

Councillor Hillier took part with her sister and Mayoress Susan George and fellow Conservative councillors Will Hamilton, Helen Chandler-Wilde and Sam Evans who ran with her dog Humphrey.

She said: ?It was fantastic to see everyone all dressed up. I actually didn?t do much running, I was walking it. The amount we raised was fantastic.?

She thanked everyone who took part, the café for supplying the refreshments and Deputy Mayor Julian Brookes and Councillor David Eggleton for their help on the day.


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