17th December 2017

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UPDATE 6/12/17 - Hello! Hope you are well and looking forward to the Christmas Pudding race.  The long range weather forecast shows low temperatures with a possibility of rain.  Please make sure you dress to the conditions (with or without a festive theme!)  Preparations are ongoing to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable event.  We look forward to seeing you soon.

The 4th Melrose 13.1km Christmas Pudding Race will take place on Sunday 17th December with a start time of 10.30am. This event has always been a sell out event so please enter early to avoid any disappointment!

Registration will take place at the Melrose Rugby Club, The Greenyards, Melrose TD6 9SA. There is very limited parking in the club grounds but there is another car park less than 2 minutes walk away at  St Dunstans Park.

This year the registration and after race buffet is upstairs in the clubrooms, NOT in the main hall. No showers will be available for this event.

Registration is open from 9.15am to 10am with a short briefing followed by the 10 minute walk to the start line at the disused Melrose Railway Station.

The route follows an anti clockwise direction, flat 1st mile followed by a tough uphill 2nd mile where the fittest runners will be able to run it all. After that it is a long gradual downhill followed by a left turn heading into the conservation village of Bowden, the half way point where a water station will be placed. The final 4 miles are undulating with a short trail run at the 7 mile mark. Look out for the sting in the tail.

Runners are encouraged to wear festive outfits to run - The best one will receive an additional small prize.

Spot prizes at the finish line.

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. You are then invited back to the clubrooms to enjoy a hot drink and small bufffet.

Bone conductor headphones are allowed in line with Scottish and UK Athletics but please be mindful of listening to any marshal instructions during the event.

No refunds and no defferals.

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. No refunds will be given.