This year I decided to take part in the Cornwall Hospice Care, Santa Night Run in Truro during the first late night of shopping in Truro on the 25th of November – for fun! Cornwall Hospice is a Cornish charity who offers hospice care to patients and their families. These patients are very sick and often terminally ill.
The weather was perfect, no howling wind or lashing rain – only a moon and a few clouds. I had only decided to sign up for the event the day before it started. Registration was simple and easy and was open from 5.30pm in Boscawen Street, at the back of the Hall for Cornwall. I received my Santa outfit, with rather large red trousers. I arrived early and put my outfit on over my shorts. Shorts seemed to make sense, as the website did indicate that the outfit did make you get very hot! I decided to enjoy Truro and went to the Scentstore in Cathedral Lane to find a gift. I kept on wondering, why people were looking at me and children pointing saying ‘There is Santa’. (I forgot I was wearing the Santa outfit!)
All one hundred and twenty of us started warming up outside the Market Inn Bar on Lemon Quay, next to the inflatable and extremely large Santa, as well as Ruan the Reindeer.
By 8pm we were off at quite a speed and the crowds stepped back, as bells rung out through the streets of Truro. It was not easy running with my handbag – note to self (must leave behind next time). A short one mile circuit round Green Street, Princes Street, Boscawen Street, St Nicholas Street, River Street, Little Castle Street, Kenwyn Street and passed the gentle grazing reindeer (Sponsored by Malletts Home Hardware) on Victoria Square before returning on Lower Lemon Street.
On approaching the finishing line, I tripped in my Santa trousers and had to think…… was that due to the mulled wine drunk before the event or my large trousers!
After the run Cornwall Hospice generously gave us a medal, banana, water and a mince pie! The evening rose £2’700 for Cornwall Hospice. It is a great family event and I witnessed several families all jogging together for an amazing organisation that cares.