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Christmas Fun Run & Drinks 2011

Xmas 2012

Sunday 11th December
10k Christmas Fun Run

Rain again! Still that didn't stop Cranleigh Sunflowers from running their 10k Christmas fun run. We met at Lucy's to start the run. Our friend Paul McGuinness had kindly gone out and laid flour around the course that we were going to take. At 9.45 am we left Lucy's and walked up to the start of the run. Whoop Whoop it had stopped raining!  At 10 am Julie, Oggie, Sally, Sarah, Sharon, Helen, Angela, Becky, Elly, Hayley, Catherine , Debbie, T, Alli, Sue, Judy and Debbie Mc all started their run. Melissa was in tow in the car (just in case!) and also to take some photos of the ladies as they ran around Cranleigh.

The route took them on some roads, through some fields, on to the disused railway line and then back onto the roads. It is a really lovely run with a bit of something for everyone. This is the run that we would like to train as many of the ladies to do as possible. 10k (6.2) miles (although it ends up being 6.5 miles, but don't tell anyone that!) is no mean feat especially if you are a beginner or haven't run for a long time. Also there is no pressure as its a fun run and as always everyone is there to support, help but most of all to enjoy it and share the experience with each other.

We are proud to say that they all completed it and they all came back smiling! Some of our ladies did PB's and for some it was their first official 10k. But for what ever reason you got those trainers on that morning, you were all fantastic. Congratulations ladies from all of us. You really are inspirational and amazing. 

"Be proud of how far you have come. Have faith in how far you will go."

Christmas Drinks

We don't run the evening of the fun run we have our Achiever of the Year Award and christmas drinks. This is a great night for everyone. It's lovely to see so many of the ladies and actually be able to chat to them without puffing and panting! Its a chance to catch up with people that you don't normally run with, or that haven't been for a while or that are injured.

Angela, Sharon, Kirsty, Sarah, Debbie Mc, Holly, Becky C, Sally, Melissa, T, Debbie, Elly, Julia, Alli, Sara, Judy, Tara, Oggie, Becky A, Milli, Catherine, Sue, Linda, Heather, Kate, Hayley (Achiever of the Year) and myself were there to celebrate all of our  achievements over the last year.  I have to give a speech on this night and every time I cry!  I cry because each and every person that joins the club, joins for a different reason and they all bring something new and special to Cranleigh Sunflowers.  I am proud of each and every one of them. 2011 has been a fantastic year for all involved.

We started the year with our Southwater run - 11.5 miles. This is for seasoned Sunflowers or people that have been training for a while. This was the followed by Cranleigh 15/21. On the evening after the race we then had a pizza and quiz night. We then had a really random night that was my hen night! All out for the 80's! The next day we were all back to the business of running and did a scavenger hunt around the village. We then completed our "Help for Heroes" in June, raising £3500 by running 1000 miles in a day with our freinds from Tortoise and Hare.  Also in June some or our newest members completed their first race that was Race for Life in Guildford's Stoke Park. July bought us the Cranleigh 10k. August we had a curry night at Hurtwood Polo Club and in September we did the Southwater run again and some took part in the Denbys half marathon. October there was Barns Green half marathon and the Great South Run followed by Gosport half marathon in early November and in December there was the Grim. A very busy year!

During the year we also got short listed for "Womens Running Group of the Year" which was run by Womens Running Magazine and New Balance. We also managed 4 marriages and 4 babies within the group aswell! As you can see we are not all just about running.

The committee over the year have to choose someone that is who we think deserves to win our "Achiever of the Year Award" donated and presented by Chris Finill. This is a really hard thing to do as over the year many people achieve so many different things. Special reconitition went to Becky Ambrose, Debbie Sampson, Kate Mason, Hayley Ash, Tara Bolton, Kirsty Ketley, Alli Greene and Sally Terson as they have achieved so much in the time that they have been with Sunflowers, whether its been a year, 6 months or 4 months they have been remarkable. From doing their first 10k to a half marathon.....amazing.

Thank you to all of you that came, we all had a great night. Thank you also to the people that wrote comments in the book. They will be published shortly!