There’s nothing quite like a few muddy, hilly miles on a chilly winter morning, a prime reason, perhaps, why this weekend’s Festive Flash Five will be a full house with 400 runners set to make their way to Pennington Flash Country Park.
The event, set to celebrate its third ever staging, is described as the 'perfect way to start the Festive season', with mulled wine and mince pies on the menu for Sunday’s (26 November) field.
Looking ahead to Sunday, it seems that the sell-out field will likely have to tackle some muddy patches with rain forecast for the duration of the morning. The scenic five mile run covers trails, canal paths and short stretches of tarmac.
This, however, seems in keeping with previous years and is also one of the race’s big appeals as Bill Bradley from organisers Pennington Events explains: “it is well known as a very muddy run and this year it looks to be the same so we expect a lot of happy muddy smiles from the runners as they enjoy their goody bags with our usual array of great stuff including a chocolate selection, free mulled wine and mince pies.”
Bill added: “Many runners turn out in fancy dress to some degree and we encourage our marshals and volunteers to get into the spirit also. Our medals are designed by the young son of one of our staff in keeping with the family atmosphere that we encourage.”