Running is Great for Your 'Elf!

When I first woke up at 6am on Sunday morning, I wondered what on earth I was doing - getting up in freezing temperatures to dress as an elf and run round Whiteley! By 8pm, myself and the dream team runners were at the Dreams Come True registration tent waiting for the race to start.

Hundreds of red and green elves descended upon Whiteley in the early hours of Sunday morning for our first ever Elf Dash... which raised lots of cash!

Volunteer Co-ordinator and budding Elf Claire talks us through the day...

It was a surreal experience seeing over 200 elves of all ages eagerly waiting for the race to start. Despite the freezing temperatures, everyone was in high spirits and there was a fantastic pre-race atmosphere. As we set off there was lots of giggling and laughing, along with passing cars beeping at the sight of elves running everywhere.When I first woke up at 6am on Sunday 4th December, I wondered what on earth I was doing - getting up in freezing temperatures to dress as an elf and run round Whiteley! By 8pm, myself and the dream team runners were at the Dreams Come True registration tent waiting for the race to start.

The weather condition was great for running, even though it was a bit frosty. It was great to be cheered on by families, friends and supporters around the course.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Martin and Katie from Dreams events, who work tirelessly creating and developing all these exciting challenges for people to take part in. Despite the freezing temperature, meeting Dream child Scarlett (pictured right), who is off to Lapland next week, was amazing and made all the elves realise why we do these challenges and raise money for these truly unique and special children and young people. As we crossed the finish line we were presented with our medals and then headed to Starbucks for our hot drink and breakfast! It was a funny sight to see elves taking over Starbucks!! 

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Author: hannah

Date: 05/12/2016

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