It has been a great week for NOTFAST giving me the opportunity for a really upbeat final report before handing over to Ann Manley who will pick up the traces from 1st January 2016.

The week started on Tuesday with nearly fifty members attacking Beacon Hill to run round Coddington and get a good look at the fantastic display of Christmassy inflatables in the front garden of a house on the lane.  On Thursday, Christmas Eve, Kate organised a great afternoon social run for loads of members, friends and family, including the cutest baby who was pushed round Claypole at a fast jog, in her buggy.  Runners ran either 3miles or 5 and a half miles on road or 4 and a half on mud and tracks.  The afternoon was rounded off with loads of mince pies, cake, mulled wine and beverages.

Boxing Day saw a good number joining Newark AC at their Boxing Day Handicap, a chance for some of our runners to be near, or even at, the front for at least part of the run.  A friendly and fun event; thank you AC.

The week was rounded off at the Notts. AC Christmas Cross Country relay in Wollaton Park.  NOTFAST sent 24 runners plus supporters to run (? Race) in 6 teams of 4.  We did not win the race but we won in the mince pie and cake eating event and made more noise and had more fun than the rest put together; including a rousing chorus of Happy Birthday to Julie on her 30th.  The teams had to be Nos.1 Vet, 2 Open, 3 Female, 4 Open.  The following all had a thoroughly good time on a dry overhead, muddy underfoot, balmy morning.

Christmas Relays 27th December 2015


A David Gill 21.27
Andy Watts 27.49
Rachel Sheldrake 21.52
Diana Wakefield 18.14
Team time total = 1:29:22
B Colin Green 25.44
Alan Fisher 20.17
Karen Borrill 26.38
Adam Jackson 19.32
Team time total = 1:32:11
C Ernie Clarke 24.00
Faye Hemingway 23.56
Kirsty Watson 28.18
Jeremy Reichelt 18.50
Team time total = 1:35:04
D Steve Needham 20.30
Peter Tatton 26.44
Julie Mumby 24.54
Richard Borrill 18.27
Team time total = 1:30:35
E Cathy Clarke 24.33
Kirsty Watt 22.51
Kathryn Lile 25.17
Chris McDonnell 18.05
Team time total = 1:30:46
F Kate Fisher 21.43
Annette Taylor 22.25
Sue Needham 24.20
Jim Lovett 19.31
Team time total = 1:27:59

Kate had done well to even out the teams so that we were all in fairly fast teams rather than some in a very fast and some in a not so fast team.  You might notice though that she made sure she was in the fastest!  Diana Wakefield ran brilliantly, not only first lady but beating all the men except Chris McDonnell who managed to be first among us despite his hippopotamus wallow in the mud.

So I leave the next report to Ann.  Please be kind to her, send her your reports and on time; include little interesting snippets to help make the reports varied.

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