A batrillion Santas run round Battersea Park – HO YES

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Nothing to see here, everything is completely normal

Signing up to run a six-point-something km race dressed in a Santa suit seemed like a brilliant idea in October.

It was DEFINITELY a brilliant idea when we arrived in Battersea Park! You have no idea of the total joy that comes from wandering into a park feeling a bit cold and “it’s 9am on a Saturday WTF” to be greeted by an ocean of identically-dressed runners.

I was expecting crepe paper. Instead we got some rather cosy polyester thing encompassing the world’s largest trousers, wraparound jackets, and fiddly belts, and beards, modelled here by Olly and Corrie.

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My favourite fancy dress outfits:

  • The baby dressed as an elf
  • The Christmas tree and the Christmas pudding dancing all through the warm-up

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  • Rudolph the reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh (a wheelchair) with tinsel

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  • The Grinch, and his tiny sidekick

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  • Everyone who wore an inflatable Santa costume

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  • All the dogs whose owners somehow managed to obtain spare beards and make them wear them

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As with the ParkRun, I bolted off far too fast* and almost immediately got a stitch that went on for 4km. However, there were lots of Santas singing carols which was extremely cheering, and most importantly (for some of our contingent, ie: Olly) we all got medals when we finished, and then went off for an extremely healthy lunch. By which I obviously mean Bloody Marys, hot chocolate and panettone. Banging.

(Sidenote: on Monday, while schlepping round Brockwell Park in the correct direction, I tracked my 100th activity on Runkeeper. I got really cheerful until I realised I’d had the app since February 2011 and have also used it for incredibly short walks. Hey-ho.)

*In the loosest sense of the word

Next race! The Nativity Run, Clapham Common

Last race: The Mousdashe, Brockwell Park

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