Last Saturday, I joined 14 girls from Team Naturally to run the CAFOD Nativity Run at Clapham Common.
The Nativity Run encourages participants to get into the festive spirit by dressing up as a shepherd, angel or any other nativity character to walk or run 5k or 10k around Clapham Common, finishing with a mince pie and glass of mulled wine. Leah suggested the race as an chance for a Christmas meet-up and perfect way to round off a year of running. We decided to all dress up in the same costume, and Leah organised an elf outfit for everyone in the team. I’ve met a few of the Team Naturally Run bloggers at other events, but it was great to get everyone together and put a few more faces to names.
Glen also joined us in a matching elf costume, and we headed down to Clapham Common on a bright but chilly morning. There were around 184 people running the 5k and only 65 people doing the 10k. Everyone was dressed in costumes including sheep, santas, reindeer, christmas trees and of course- elves!
The course was very muddy and slippery in places, but I’m used to this thanks to all the trail running I’ve done recently! The route was shaped like a star around the bandstand in the centre of the common, with the 10k being two laps of the course. I must admit I did get confused about what direction I should be running on the twisty turning course! Some of the Team Naturally girls ran the 5k, and cheered on those of us doing the 10k from the sidelines.
It was fun to run a race dressed as an elf, but I was absolutely sweating in the costume as it was not the most breathable fabric! I did struggle for the last 3km of the course, and slightly regretted going for the 10k rather than the 5k! However, I pushed on and finished the race in 58.50- not bad considering!
Glen came 9th out of the 65 runners, finishing in 44.28, he was really chuffed considering he was suffering from a cold and back injury.
We met up with the other girls to celebrate with mulled wine and a mince pie- we also found out that the team had won the best costume prize!
The super-organised Leah had arranged engraved medals for the team, plus Vita Coco for everyone. As she had recently got engaged, we celebrated with champagne and headed off to a local cafe for coffee and food.
Overall, a really fun race and it was lovely to meet everyone- I’m looking forward to joining Team Naturally for more races next year.
Thanks to Leah for organising the race, costumes and medals.