The sun was shining on Saturday morning (15th December) as we gathered on Clapham Common for the event of the festive season. The CAFOD 5k Nativity Run.
Around 120 people took part in this sponsored fun run to raise money for CAFOD, to help people living in poverty around the world.
Runners aged 5 to 64 were encouraged to dress up as a character from the Nativity story or anything Christmassy. There were a wide variety of costumes – shepherds, angels, sheep, Father Christmas and his reindeer, elves, penguins, wise men, stars, polar bears, an Inn keeper and her door, even cheese! They all turned out to run on the bright winter morning.
29-year-old Chris Ore from Stockwell was the first to cross the line in just over 19 minutes.
Two teachers and a group of students from Maria Fidelis School, Phoenix Road, Euston, set out to raise £400. They had a cake sale beforehand that raised £85 and have been sponsored by friends and family. One of the girls has raised £94 by herself. They said: “We wanted to help and it was better than just donating money. You’re doing something and you’ve actually been part of something.”
Larinda Poole, originally from Melbourne, Australia, and Russell Webb from London expect to raise about £80 for CAFOD. Larinda said: “The atmosphere has been lovely. It’s beautiful conditions for sports.” And Russell added: “I’m a Catholic and my mum has always supported CAFOD, so she was pleased we’re doing it for such a good cause.”
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Charlotte Vowden and Gemma McNeil-Walsh, who both work for the Sunday Times, signed up last minute online. Gemma said: “We like running anyway and were looking to do something before Christmas, and because it’s fancy dress we just thought it would be fun, and we wouldn’t have to try too hard. It was really good – really relaxed.
Charlotte added: “Events like this give a better profile to the charity. You’ve got kids and families in the park seeing us dressing up and they might come over and wonder why. They’ll see that CAFOD’s raising money for a good cause but not taking itself too seriously.”
Hannah Patterson, who organised the CAFOD Nativity Run, said: “It was a lovely day and great to see so many people enjoying themselves and making a difference at the same time. People have so much on their minds at this time of year; it’s a delight to see that they could still be thinking of others and that they got the chance to take part in such a joyful activity.”
We want to say a big thank you to all the fancy dressed fun runners who took part in the CAFOD Nativity Run! You raised more than £3,500 for CAFOD!
See you next year!
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