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Hello! It's time again. The 9th annual "running" of the Caw downhill fancy dress competition and hangover cure will be on Sunday 17th December, the day after our Christmas do. We meet at the Newfield at 11am, walk up Caw in a variety of unsuitable outfits and start running down at 12 noon.
As always it's not a race or any sort of organised event. Just people out for a run in the wrong clothes, as fast as they can.
It will be really cold, and snowy or wet or both. Harry says you
should probably come as John Snow, not Tinkerbell;
The route goes from the summit of Caw to the front door of the
Newfield by any route you can manage;
Usually that means taking the same way down as the Duddon races but
we're not flagging anything or making any suggestions, and it can be
hard to get over the ladder stile in a bear suit;
Chasing start with handicaps determined by speed, age, gender,
weight of costume, ability to see out, pleading of runner and
position on the handicapper's list of people who have offended her
this year. Fast people can be waiting at the top for a while;
The winner is the first person to finish a pint. You need to finish
the run at least a minute ahead of Pat and Pete to have any chance
here. Soft drinks are allowed if extremely fizzy and cold;
This is not safe or sensible and never has been. It's a miracle that
nobody has been seriously hurt. Please be careful, and do not
imagine that anyone has thought this through or is looking after
Splendid trophies and much glory for the fastest person and the best
fancy dress. Spectators and guests are very welcome. Tell your
This is copied from the facebook event. If you're in there, please mark yourself as going so we can start the handicaps. Feel free to share, too.
Everyone is invited to the Newfield afterwards to recover either from this or the Christmas do.