Santas to the left of me, Santas to the right.

Did my first communal 5k today along with 2,399 other Santas. Great fun, lovely running along Southsea promenade. I have not run a 5k and timed it before so was amazed to see I did it in around 30 minutes. I was determined to run at a steady pace and not hurry, following advice given on this forum. I am running to keep fit and not for PBs so probably could have done better. It was extremely surreal running in a sea of redness, but I was amazed how supportive the local people were. The event was run to support RNLI so they should have done well this year. I think a Parkrun also uses this course. Perhaps I should give it a try. Now that would be seriously keen. Same time next year? Yes I think so.


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  • Here I am Stuck in the Middle with you ha ha . Hey, Blimey what a turnout , absolutely marvellous !

    Sounds like you had a very enjoyable day and for a great cause too .

    Well done to you ! :-) xxx

  • It was fun, thanks Poppypug!

  • I was running with lots of Santas and his little helpers today, lots of elves all sweating profusely. Ha ha

    Well done Dad! Sounds like a blast

  • Ha, yes! We had elves, dogs and even a couple of reindeer dogs who were in the lead when they passed us slower runners in the opposite direction, back to the finish. Really good fun.

  • Well done, that sounds like a fab route & time!!! I did one for the first time today too & am thinking about making it an annual event also, great fun:) x

  • Thank you ! Still cannot believe how I have been dragged into this running lark so badly.

  • that sounds great fun, might have to zip over from the IOW on the hovercraft for that next year! well done to you :)

  • You definitely should! And thank you.

  • Fantastic! Sounds like you had great fun :)

  • It was, thank you! I can thoroughly recommend an event like this to other newbie runners like me.

  • Sounds like great fun & well done on a fab time :)

  • Sounds like great fun & well done on a fab time :)

  • Sounds like great fun & well done on a fab time :)

  • Sounds like great fun & well done on a fab time :)

  • It was...and thank you!

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