If you were in Newton Stewart on Sunday you may well have thought that Christmas had come early. It was Newton Stewart Round Table’s second annual Santa dash, 2k fun run and ‘roon the risk’ 10k.
The event kicked off with nearly 70 kids taking part in the 2km Junior fun run, and Santa dash.
Once the fun run was over the serious competition began as 18 walkers and 74 runners set off on the 10 km ‘roon the risk’ route, taking in fabulous views of the Galloway hills and forest park.Last year’s winner Gary Flanagan, was first home again in an incredible 40 minutes and 9 seconds. In second place was 1st local male, Rick Williams, 42:29.
The 1st female, Jemma McNeil was close behind on 45:16, followed closely by 1st local local female, Rowan Armstrong, who was home in 45:55.
The first junior boy was Cormac Selby (44:36) and first junior girl was Bronagh Beattie (57:00).
The Round Table have been overwhelmed by the support shown by the local community for the event and Round Table organiser, Andy Sharples said: “We have been working tirelessly since February this year and all our hard work really paid off. We had more runners this year, including 4 guys who came all the way from Spain! It’s been a wonderful experience and whether you have walked, run or even Dashed with Santa, I would you like to thank you for taking part.”
Round Table Chairman, Hugh Leslie said: “Thanks to everyone who made the event possible, particularly, those who gave up their time to help us on the day. Thanks also to Newton Stewart Golf Club and all the local businesses who sponsored us. The event wouldn’t happen without their support.”
Santa said “ It was nice to see the kids enjoying the Santa dash. It’s only 18 weeks until Christmas so I’ll see you all soon. Ho, ho, ho!”
Next up for the Round Table is the Santa sleigh tour of Newton Stewart and the Machars in December.
If you’d like to become a member then you can contact them via their website at www.nsroundtable.org.uk
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