Write up contributed by Leanne Haythornthwaite and Jonathan White
Queens Park was full of festive fun last Sunday, when the friends of the park supported by local race organisers UK Triathlon rolled out their first ever Fun Run and Snowman stroll.
Runners and Joggers were invited to come along and join in with a 3 or 5k run in and around the grounds of the park.
Events co-ordination for the friends Leanne Haythornthwaite said:
“The event was so much fun and there was a really nice Christmas atmosphere to the whole occasion.
This was helped by the fact that Santa and his Reindeer were here to cheer the runners along.
Also accompanying Santa were a number of Snowmen who took a leisurely stroll around the park with parents and their children.
We had elves, fairy’s and even a running Christmas tree”.
Snowman stroller Emma Fulkner pictured with her son Zachary said:
“It was such a nice thing to do on a Sunday morning and all the helpers in costumes made it feel very festive. We hope they do it again next year”.
Runners were treated to a well deserved Mince Pie, donated by Morrisons and Asda.
Friends of the park secretary Sheila pagett commented:
Both Asda and Morrisons have been very generous to us in their support.
(Unopened boxes of mince pies will be donated to The Salvation Army).
The fun run was followed later in the afternoon by free arts and crafts in the Pickle Jar cafe,
Ans the fun filled day was finished off that Evening by a lantern parade attended by the Mayor and sing a long carols in the pavilion.
Jonathan White a local writer and photographer went down to the park to join in with the festivities
He sent in this account of the day
Fancy dress included Father Christmas, Christmas Trees, Reindeer and Snowmen.
The events were marshalled by enthusiastic volunteers who also wore fancy dress.
All participants received a certificate, festive novelty gift and mince pie and went into a prize draw to win a luxury hamper.
First across the line in the 5km run was Robert Douglas dressed as an elf who downed tools in Santa’s Workshop for the morning, but still managed to hammer it to the finish!
Robert’s usual job is working for Everybody , so he always leads a ‘elf-y lifestyle.
The day was brilliantly organised, there was a great atmosphere, the rain stayed away and participants and spectators were treated to blue skies.
Later in the day there was an opportunity for children to make Christmas decorations and also a children’s lantern procession.
Proceeds will go to ‘Friends of Queens Park’, so further events can be held in the park.
The event was supported by Cheshire East Council and Lions, along with UK Triathlon.
Jonathan has uploaded his run photos to a Flickr page:
Queens Park Festive Fun Run by Jonathan White