The fourth Melrose 13.1K Christmas Pudding Race takes place on Sunday (17 December). Runners will race for their supper – with all finishers being rewarded with a tasty Christmas pudding.
The route follows an anti-clockwise direction, with a flat first mile followed by a tough uphill second mile. Following that is a long gradual downhill followed by a left turn heading into the conservation village of Bowden, the midway point where a water station will be placed. The final four miles are undulating with a short trail run at the seven-mile mark.
Runners are encouraged to wear festive outfits to run and the best-dressed will receive an additional small prize. All finishers will receive a quality Christmas Pudding instead of a medal. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd male and female runners will receive a Christmas pudding and engraved medal at the finish line.
After the race, runners are invited back to the clubrooms to enjoy a hot drink and small buffet.
In the event of adverse weather conditions - snow/ice - the event will be cancelled. An alternative date will be given if possible. If not, your entry will carry forward to the same event in 2018.
The forecast on the Met Office website states that Melrose is set for a dry and mild day on Sunday with highs of 8°C and lows of 4°C.