There’s a special feeling amongst runners, that feeling when you know that it’s miserable out, but you’ll feel better once you’re out there…

That was the feeling that 40+ Oxfordshire Youth (OY) supporters got by braving the cold on Saturday morning as part of the Woodstock Santa Fun Run.

The event had been organised by Sophie Carter Personal Training. Sophie, who is an International ultra-marathon runner and runs fitness classes and personal training throughout the West Oxfordshire area, organised the run as a way to give her clients a festive get-together and do something for her community. She chose Oxfordshire Youth as the beneficiaries of the funds raised, as she has two young children of her own, so is only too aware of the importance of youth services in helping them develop.

The local feel was maintained as we set up base at the rather nifty new Woodstock Youth Club, who are also one of OY’s member organisations, so were pleased to allow us use of the club for the morning.

This wasn’t a race so there was none of the usual pre-match nerves, just lots of children bundled up against the cold, their parents in their best hi-viz, and loads of Santa hats and tinsel.
A few quick photos and we were off.

It’s amazing how a little December rain can clear the streets and we seemed to have the town to ourselves (and the marshals, of course, shivering by the roadside as we passed) splashing through the puddles and skidding through the mud for 5k, before heading back to the youth club for mince pies, cups of tea and those lovely, warm, inviting radiators.

The run raised just under £200 for Oxfordshire Youth which brought a welcome Christmassy glow to our faces. And you know what? We did feel better when we were out there and even better still when we got back.
There was almost immediate talk about doing it again, perhaps a Santa Sun Run (watch this space).

Thank you Sophie, and all your squad for supporting Oxfordshire Youth!

Thanks also to members of the local Woodstock Harriers Athletics Club who hot-footed it from their own training session to stand in the cold, marshaling the runners.