NHRR hosted the Santa Canta at Norton Common on Saturday. The monthly first Saturday of the month 5K race took on a festive theme as runners and marshals donned special outfits and raised money for the MS Centre in Letchworth in the process. This year special Christmas medals were awarded to each finisher and this plus the lure of mince pies saw a record number of 186 people racing on the day. Oliver Brady was first to cross the finish in 00:19:19 whilst squirrel Kat Burr was first lady to finish in 00:22:33. The finishing times for the squirrels were; Spencer Bevan 00:20:37; Richard Harbon 00:20:40; Vincent Pasturel 00:21:10; John Cooper 00:21:43; Vincent Wright 00:23:04; Jane Clarke 00:23:06; Jon Stow 00:25:05; Jo Harbon 00:25:27; David Baker 00:25:54; Nicole Bates 00:26:49; Carolina Trujillo 00:27:31; Petra Grosse-Hull 00:27:46; Helen Govey 00:28:01; Greg Pounder 00:28:31; Rachel Pounder 00:28:32; Allison Blunt 00:29:37; Dan Martin 00:29:57; Darren Matussa 00:30:00; Sue Foot 00:30:14; Yuko Gordon 00:30:15; Oliver Garbas 00:30:18; Jeni Spurr-Jones 00:30:22; Helen Giffin 00:31:01; Carina Quayle 00:31:02; Sheila Leavy 00:31:03; Gina Joseph 00:32:29 and Rebecca Finch 00:36:49.
'Mr Consistent' John Auld raced in the final of the four Silkstone Shuffle 4.5 mile races held throughout the year. He travelled to Barnsley for the multi terrain course which starts with a brutal 2 mile ascent up in a trail hill. He finished fourth on the day in a time of 28:19. John's times through the series have differed by only 5 seconds and he deservedly finished third in the Series.
Three squirrels ran in Parkruns. Chris Poole at Worcester in 23:45, Simon Poole at Stevenage in 19:14 and Brian Judkins at Wimpole Hall in 33:54.