Today’s run was dangling by a thread (see what we did there) when the Whitworth Centre asked us to cancel and make way for the Christmas fair. Tish and nonsense, we cried and set about crafting a new route to perplex Threaders. As if that wasn’t hard enough, many eyes were assaulted with a vista of silly costumes and accessories ranging from festive sumos, a full pint of beer, dreadlocks, Santas, elves and a smattering of antlers - ludicrously ridiculous.
This isn’t only an excuse to celebrate the on-coming festivities, but in its own way with your fancy dress, Threaders were paying respectful homage to Joanne, as yet another of Thread HQ reached the dizzy heights of 50.
As most Darley residents have witnessed over the years, Joanne’s fashion blunders have kept us hugely entertained, be that stiletto espadrilles, pink dungarees or mohair mini-skirts. Most memorable surely was her entry into the 2015 Matlock triathlon sporting an all-in-one swimming costume with detachable leggings secured with a suspender belt. To find out how it all started to go wrong, Joanne’s back story is here (or through the Joanne 50th tab on the Thread home page)
Anyway, to the business end and confession time. You hearty 62 runners not only turned out on a bitterly cold day, but we made you run .09 miles further than you should! .......sorry.
Browsing the Christmas fair tents down the finishing straight and into first place was Matt Nichols, followed by Bob Foreman and a great run by u16 Charlie Unsworth - but really everyone deserved a medal today.
A herculean marshalling programme prevented many Threaders running into a lake, off towards the Church Inn or sneaking a corner cut for which we give the heartiest of thanks to Ranald, Michelle, Dennis, Simon, Catherine, Mark, Andy(s) and half of “Gennex”. Thank you Threaders for donations of £52.20 which this month goes to the Whitworth Park itself for essential maintenance.
See you next month to dispel those January Blues and in the meantime, we all at THQ wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year