Entries are pouring in for Seaford Striders’ ‘Mince Pie’ run

Seaford Mince Pie
Seaford Mince Pie

Entries have started pouring in for the ever-popular ‘Mince Pie’ run which will be held on Sunday December 8 at 11am.

The Mince Pie is organised annually by the Seaford Striders to raise funds for both local charities and the club itself and this year’s entry limit has been raised to 500 as it is frequently a sell-out.

Voted one of the UK’s top 10 races in Runner’s World Magazine this multi-terrain event is contested over a challenging 10-mile course and sees many entrants returning year after year for a bracing pre-Christmas workout. This well established race for all abilities aged 17 and over, is a mixture of four on and six off-road miles featuring beautiful countryside scenery and attracts runners from all over the south east.

The start/finish is at Peacehaven Leisure Centre (where there’s easy parking) after which the route heads off road taking in the area around Telscombe and Saltdean. Top race photographers Sussex Sport Photography will be on hand to capture runners aiming not only for a fast time but also those wanting a fun run with the emphasis on end of season enjoyment where fancy dress is welcome. Enthusiastic marshals are guaranteed and there are plentiful water stations along the route. A medal, goody bag and, of course, a mince pie await all finishers as well as spot prizes and a raffle.

A pre and post-race massage is available and there’s an chance to buy sports clothing, footwear and equipment from local specialists InterSport who’ll be in attendance. The race is sponsored once again by long-standing supporter David Jordan Estate Agents.

The entry fee is for this tried and tested event is £10 for UK athletics registered, £12 non-registered and £15 on the day if not sold out. There are three ways of entering: online at www.runbritain.com (where a small admin fee applies), via a downloadable form on the Striders website and on forms available in local sports and leisure centres.

More detailed information about the race can be found at www.seafordstriders.org.uk/mincepie.html.

This year’s charity is Look Sussex who since 1992 has supported visually impaired children) and their families by providing opportunities for the whole family to get together at social fun events.

These help the children make friends with other visually impaired children – and their parents and siblings gain support whilst having fun.

Pictured above: Santa and one of his elves go for a run. For more information on this year’s supported charity, please visit their website at www.looksussex.org.uk.