We got a Facebook message from Jason (who is our friend, the man behind Christian Runners UK, fun to be with and all-round good egg), saying that there was to be a 5K and 10K race today at the Caring for Life open day. Now Caring for Life is a great local Christan charity supported by members of our church which does all sorts of good work for vulnerable people, so going to support them at the open day wasn’t a bad idea in any event.
There was nothing about a running race on the website or flyers (sheep racing yes, but people racing, no) so I must confess to be somewhat sceptical that there was a race at all. Surely there at least would be a clue on the web site! So, we went with running gear ready and daughter and grandson in toe for a grand day out. And grand it was with lots to do including (watching) sheep shearing, sheep racing, bouncy castles, lots of animals to get near, admire & pet and things to buy and eat.
Surprisingly, there was also a 5K and 10K running race.
Given the blanket publicity, there was probably about a dozen of us runners, but wow, how about a race that doesn’t have hundreds or thousands, it was so cool. The predominantly off-road 10K route took you to a place called Peter’s Pond which was stunning and then into Goldenacre Park for a couple of laps of the lake before returning to the farm. It was a lovely route with a bit of gently challenging uphillyness at the end. After doing Pontefract parkrun in the morning I was pleased with 55 minutes and Helen was even more pleased to WIN the 5K race (Jason won the 10K which he would, wouldn’t he!).
Overall it was a brilliant day and brilliant run, great people and a great atmosphere. Caring for Life is a wonderful charity; if anyone is interested, they have a farm shop and restaurant which you can visit and you don’t have to wait for the next open day.
Caring for Life’s motto is “Sharing the love of Jesus”. “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” Matthew 9:36 NIVUK