What a day!
Here at CAFOD’s Clifton office, we’re still on a high after our first Nativity Fun Run.
It was an early start for us today, with our alarms going off at 6am so we could be up early to set the course up, and it’s just as well we did as the first entrants turned up nice and early, keen to limber up and get going.
And then it was starting guns and the children were off on their 800m course. There were fantastic costumes. We loved the team of shepherds from St Francis Catholic Primary School in Nailsea (and well done to Jess for winning).
There were a couple of tiny shepherds in their dressing gowns as well, plus one or two stars, an angel, a tiny reindeer, and Mary without her Joseph.
The adults were impatient to get going too. They had six laps of the course to do to rack up their 5km. There were some great costumes in this category as well, the McKennas were in big reindeer onesies, many of the men donned dressing gowns and tea towels to become shepherds (extra credit goes to those who ran with a cuddly toy lamb tucked under their arm), and a special mention must go to Amanda Pritchard, the headteacher of St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School in Monks Park, Bristol, who wore an all-in-one donkey suit.
The run itself had a great atmosphere. Keen runners who finished early lined the route to cheer on the others – there was plenty of Christmas spirit in evidence!
But it wasn’t just about the run or the costumes of course. CAFOD relies on people’s help and support to raise money for its work abroad, and this event will really contribute. This was our first Nativity run and we thought it was such a success that we’re already talking about how we can make it bigger and better next year.
Thanks for everyone’s support; we hope the event has given you all a spring in your step; it’s certainly done that for us.