Also on Sunday, on what proved to be an extremely hectic day on the Harriers racing calendar, with members racing at 4 different events, Jon Garrity headed to the nearby Haldon Forest Country Park to participate in the Haldon Forest Festive 10k. Participants were encouraged to dress up in Christmas themed fancy dress for this run around the Dawlish Coasters' Forest Flyer 5 course, so although billed as a 10k, it was in fact a good mile under that distance. Nevertheless, there is a substantial climb back up the forest to the finish line that still makes this a fair test of endurance.
Jon has been running really well of late and has been staying on top of his persistent calf problem to get some quality training miles in. He found himself running in a pack of 4 runners heading up the field for most of the race, including local S.W.R.R. rivals, Ian Pang and Andy Jones. Towards the end they all started to test each other and push the pace and it proved to be Andy Jones who handled it best, taking the victory, but Jon was only 20 seconds adrift in 2nd place in a time of around 35 minutes.
Today he jets out to Lanzerote for a week's training at the winter season training venue, Club La Santa. Ooh, get him - elite! He plans to benefit from the daily track coaching sessions, in addition to taking his bike and hitting some of the scenic high roads around the volcanic island. With temperatures currently at 20 degrees, he'll definitely appreciate escaping our current cold snap and will hopefully return refreshed and armed with a good base for the New Year.