Santa Night Run in Truro

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.

Late night shopping 25 Nov 2015 (42)

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.

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Roc-ing around Truro!

I decided to run the ROC 5km race a few months ago, when I found out about all the good work that Robert Owen Communities (ROC) do in Truro.

Gathering      Before

ROC is a charity that supports people with learning disabilities and similar conditions and assists those individuals in doing what they would like to do.  About thirty people with a learning disability took part in the run.

The funds raised through this event support local people with learning disabilities who take part in the charity’s vibrant social club based at Truro & Penwith College. This club relies on these donations.  The event raised more than £12’000 and was the best turnout ever, reaching its maximum potential of 400 runners.

This year’s 25th anniversary fun run race took place on Thursday the 11th of June.  It had been raining all day, but luckily, it had cleared by late afternoon.  I arrived on the Quay to a sea of yellow jerseys and headed straight to the Truro Lions tent, who were helping by registering runners with their numbers.

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Thirty five organisations got behind the event and many were Truro businesses, such as Francis Clark, Cornish Mutual, Santander and Truro & Penwith CollegeSam’s in the City provided a light buffet for the main sponsors.

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We all did our warm up together, led by Truro & Penwith College.  Daphne Skinnard from BBC Radio Cornwall and John Harvey compered.

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Then we were off! We ran via Lower Lemon Street, through Boscawen, Princess Street and then under the pass on towards Malpas, around the cricket club and back along, ending on the quay.

I did glimpse the lead runner who completed the course in seventeen minutes and eight seconds.  I came in number 208 out of 400 (my husband was kindly number 209).  I could then tuck into the free goodies – a fantastic Warrens pasty and bottles of Skinners Betty Stogs and cloudy apply juice from Cornish Orchards!

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What a great evening and a well-organized event, with fifty marshals present from Truro Rotary Club, Truro Lions Club and Cornish Mutual. Keith Wotton and Truro Running Club were the ‘brains’ behind the event, along with Gary Perkin from Zamu who managed Lemon Quay.  Trophies were awarded to the fastest individuals and teams – plus spot prizes which went to anyone!

All the event pics can be found at www.roc-uk.org/ROC5K2015

It was wonderful to see the Truro business community out to support ROC 5k fun race!