Three Counties Running Club get in the festive spirit and enjoy the gift of giving

Three Counties Running Club members present a charity cheque

Three Counties Running Club present a cheque to Ian Gray of the Royal British Legion. - Credit: TCRC

Three Counties Running Club’s were in the festive mood prior to Christmas even if the pandemic had put pay to their usual plans.

They would normally have held their Santa 5k and fun run in Wisbech Park but this was yet another event that had to be cancelled.

But while that was very disappointing, Three Counties' Sarah-Jane Macdonald still found a way to keep morale up.

She opened up a virtual Santa 5k to club members as well as inviting their friends from March Athletics Club to join in the fun.

The point of the event was not times or places but just to get people out on the road in their festive gear, either running or walking the distance.

With the new rules people could run in groups of six as long as they kept a distance of two-metres from each other which helped people to encourage their mates and still follow the rules.

Macdonald said: "There was fantastic support from both clubs with over 50 runners taking part and all in fantastic festive costumes.

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"There was even a runner from March AC, Wendy Harrison who had to do it on a treadmill as she was having to self isolate.

"There were prizes for best fancy dress costume which went to Kersten Müller from TCRC and James Moon, the dinosaur from March AC, who was supported by his little boy Harry.

"Thank you to everyone who joined in."

The club were also able to present the fruits of their GM10k event in November, a cheque for £500 raised to support the Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal.

A spokeswoman for the club said: "Charities are really struggling especially this year with COVID-19 as events are being cancelled where money would normally be raised.

"The Poppy Appeal itself is tens of thousands of pounds down this year and like all charities they need all the support they can.

"We would like to thank everyone who entered the virtual GM10K, not only supporting the club but also the Poppy Appeal."

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