Running Over Christmas with the Mighty Greens

MG Tim Swarbrick running in Sidmouth

MG Tim Swarbrick running in Sidmouth - Credit: SRC

There is always an opportunity to run over the Christmas period, the Christmas Day parkrun at Seaton, Sidmouth Running Club’s Boxing Day run and the New Year’s Day parkrun at Exmouth.  

The turkey was cooking, when club members David Skinner and Julia Haddrell, plus her daughter Alex, took the opportunity to wear fancy dress and take part in the Seaton parkrun, while Derek Blackburn with his daughter Grace lined up in Bushy Park with 1,600 park runners!   

Further afield in Vancouver, MG Tim Swarbrick managed to get a Christmas day, as the weather had finally warmed up enough. 

The Boxing Day runners gathered in the rain but set off under a full rainbow determined to burn off a few calories and make room for more festive food.  Any fancy dress was soon taken off, as it was unseasonably warm and Soldiers Hill had still to be climbed but, as they approached the frog stone, the sun came out in a clear blue sky.   

As part of the club’s tradition, the group lined up in formation at the top of the grass slope on Salcombe Hill, spread their arms and sang the Dambusters theme tune as they ran/slipped down.   
Club runner Cheryl Boulton decided Boxing Day would be a good time to complete her Grand Western Canal virtual 10k before the end of the year cut-off and had an enjoyable run with fellow MG Susan Reeves. 

In Exmouth, 443 clear-headed runners lined up for the New Year’s Day parkrun and, despite the rain, two Sidmouth Running club members got new PB’s.  Kirsteen Welch was 3rd overall with a new PB of 17:44 and Alexa Baker knocked three minutes off her PB ,finishing in 30.16. David King, Clive Gilbert and David Skinner were also spotted wearing the Mighty Green shirts. 

There is still time to sign up for the Beginners and Back to Running courses, which start on Wednesday. Running is a great way to keep fit, explore where you live and meet people. Sidmouth Running Club welcomes all abilities and ages and are very encouraging - come and see for yourself.  Please contact 07734 581782 or email  

Mighty Greens at Seaton parkrun

Mighty Greens at Seaton parkrun - Credit: SRC

The Boxing Day run

The Boxing Day run - Credit: SRC

Sidmouth's festive runners

Sidmouth's festive runners - Credit: SRC