Burn off a few Christmas Calories! Go running!

Christmas Santa Race
Christmas Santa Race, Source: Flickr, Andre Pierre

I’m subscribed to Runners World mailing list so this morning I got a message gently reminding me, along with many subscribers, that I need to do more running – the cheek!  It’s not as if I stopped running a month ago or anything, OK, that’s not completely true, but for good reasons thank you very much [bad back]!!

Well if anyone’s interested in running over Christmas, there’s quite a large number available over Christmas.  Maybe check-out one of these:

Runs & Races over the Christmas Period!

ULVERSTON CHRISTMAS PUDDING 10K RUN
December 7 (Sun)
Ulverston, Cumbria
Closing date: December 5
Just a few gentle slopes make this out-and-back road race a great event for beginners and time-conscious club runners alike
YOUR REGION – NEXT 6 WEEKS

THE REGULAR IRREGULAR ROUND 22 RUN
December 13 (Sat)
Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
Closing date: December 12
Choose from loops of four, six and 11 miles navigating hilly rural terrain – you’ll be well rewarded with refreshments at the end of each loop

THE 25TH LONGRIDGE 7 RUN
December 14 (Sun)
Preston, Lancashire
Closing date: December 7
The hills just seem to keep on coming in this demanding seven-miler through the Ribble Valley

STAFFORDSHIRE MOORLANDS XMAS CRACKER 8 RUN
December 21 (Sun)
Leek, Staffordshire
Closing date: December 18
For one last pre-Christmas race, try this testing rural course over the Roaches. Festive fun comes courtesy of the regulars’ dedication to fancy dress!

NORTH PIER BOXING DAY 10K RUN
December 26 (Fri)
Blackpool, Lancashire
Limber up after a day on the couch with this new 10K along a flat, traffic-free stretch of Blackpool’s colourful Golden Mile

AYHOPE CHRISTMAS SKYLINE 16K RUN
December 28 (Sun)
Bishop Auckland, Durham
Swap the sofa for the northern skies with this steep out-and-back fell run. 16K is sure to see off any lurking Christmas pudding!

CLEETHORPES NEW YEAR’S DAY 10K RUN
January 1 (Thu)
Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire
Chase away the last of the 2008 cobwebs in this bracing coastal fixture with definite PB potential

THE NEW HANGOVER HIKE 20 RUN
January 1 (Thu)
Dewsbury, West Yorkshire
RW says: Whether it takes the 10-, 15- or 20-mile route to clear your head, this varied multi-terrain ramble does what it says on the tin

THE HEBDEN 22 RUN
January 3 (Sat)
Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire
RW says: Stollen and beef-dripping sandwiches are just two of the treats in store at checkpoints along this 22-mile trail race through the heart of Yorkshire

THE SANDS NEW YEAR CHASE 6 RUN
January 4 (Sun)
Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria
Inspiring new race whose hilly six-mile course explores its stunning setting in the Yorkshire Dales

GARSTANG 10K RUN
January 11 (Sun)
Garstang, Lancashire
The promise of bacon butties at the finish is just one of the factors that marks out this predominantly flat 10K through country villages.

Are you planning on going running over Christmas or the New Year?  Where are you going?  Trying to keep yourself fit over Christmas or simply enjoying escaping the family?!

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