The Mighty Green Fancy Dress Machine out in force at the Escot Estate events

PUBLISHED: 10:13 31 December 2019 | UPDATED: 10:13 31 December 2019

The fabulous four after the Sunday Escot Marathon, from the right was Jo Earlam, Paul Williamson, Sarah Watkins and Jane Hemsworth. Picture SIDMOUTH RUNNING CLUB

The fabulous four after the Sunday Escot Marathon, from the right was Jo Earlam, Paul Williamson, Sarah Watkins and Jane Hemsworth. Picture SIDMOUTH RUNNING CLUB

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The Mighty Green Fancy Dress Machine was out in force again on 21 and 22 December with a dozen members taking on various trail routes including the Extremely Jolly run, half marathon and full marathon events, all of which were in the grounds of the Escot Estate, writes Hamish Spence.

Five of the six MG’s before the Extremely Jolly run at Escot Park. Picture SIDMOUTH RUNNING CLUBFive of the six MG’s before the Extremely Jolly run at Escot Park. Picture SIDMOUTH RUNNING CLUB

The 10k event took place on the Saturday and had six Mighty Greens (MGs) suitably kitted out in Christmas attire.

The ground had been absolutely saturated with the recent rainfall, but the sky was a clear blue giving a jolly atmosphere and a promise of a fun run in the mud around the park.

The start line resembled a scene of a magical Christmas wonderland with almost all of the runners wearing some form of fancy dress.

The first couple of miles were not bad and gave everyone a chance to warm up and prepare.

A fairly mud-free Laura Broughton after finishing the Extremely Jolly Escot run. Picture SIDMOUTH RUNNING CLUBA fairly mud-free Laura Broughton after finishing the Extremely Jolly Escot run. Picture SIDMOUTH RUNNING CLUB

There were a few hills but nothing a self-respecting MG couldn't handle. Then the fun began!

A loop up into the woods with some knee-deep puddles and thick oozy mud! Déjà-vu of the Bicton Blister!

Then, six miles in and there was an optional water slide, not really an option if your belong to SRC and anyway it was a good opportunity to remove some of the mud acquired from the woodlands.

Lastly, there was a short mile or so downhill to the finish line.

The extremely jolly Kyle Baker turned into the extremely muddy elf during this event!

He set off at a fast pace, taking on the mud, woodlands and hill by himself. On arrival at the water slide he deliberated on the best approach to tackle the soggy descent.

His decision to sit as he slid turned out not so good and when arriving at the bottom, he rolled into the mud anyway!

How graceful…not! Never mind, he picked himself up and carried on to the finish line to be the first MG and came in the 13th overall position in an impressive time of 1:05.

Not far behind was Allan Kay, finishing in a time of 1:15:25 and he was followed by Emma Vine in 1:19:40 and Derek Blackburn, who clocked a time of 1:22:42.

The best dressed elf in the park, Laura Broughton, trod carefully through the mud to arrive back in a clean 1:28:14.

Nikita Kay and Alexis Kay set off and ran the whole route together finishing in 1:41:10.

At the finish all the competitors received the Santa medal, with a full beard and a welcome bottle of beer, bringing a seasonal smile back to everyone's faces.

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