Last Sunday was one of those crisp, sunny December mornings you pray for if you have an outdoor event to go to. That was not the story a few hours earlier. I was awoken at 7am to pounding rain on the deck above our heads and the wind whipping at the mast and almost rocking me out of bed! By 10, the skies had cleared, the wind dropped but left behind temperatures that could freeze the bells off an elf. It was here, the day of the Cardiff Santa Dash.
The "actual" big guy was there, maybe he brought the sun with him. There were a few four legged competitors and some dodgy choices of leg attire. The klaxon blew and before I knew it they were coming at us! A sea of red and green hurtling towards the Norwegian Church and that low December sun which barely seems to make it over the horizon any more.
A mere 20 minutes later, a reindeer, all legs and arms, fleet footed, seemingly floating above the board-walk, sprinted to the finish line. A couple minutes later the first girl, dressed as a Christmas pudding. A further few minutes later, proof, as if proof were needed, Meg, injecting a quick burst and passing a sack full of guys, sprinted over the line in just under 27 minutes. The girl can run but has never had that killer instinct. Surprising as genetically she should have the competitive tenacity of a honey badger if her dad and I are anything to go by. When way ahead on school sports day runs, she would slow down so that her friends could catch up because she felt sorry for them and didn't want to hurt their feelings. John and I screaming like banshees on the sidelines "shift your arse"!!!
A welcome warm up and high carb lunch followed at Cafe Pure. Well deserved and proudly showing her medal, nobody should look that good after an early morning 5k run! A week later, all spiffed up for yet another shoot. She's loving it. If you would like to sponsor Meg for this event, or any of the upcoming events she will be holding prior to the Miss Wales finals, you can donate HERE. You can also follow her journey on Facebook HERE.