Christmas and New Year

Christmas should be a time for rejoicing and sharing. For some people it’s not – it’s a lonely, sad time. However looking back over 2019 I was conscious that most of the highlights of my year have been moments with friends, old and new, and family. In particular some of the best times have been outdoors.

I thought therefore that I’d like to post some of my favourite memories and I hope my friends won’t object if they’re in any of the photos.

Talkin Fell on a beautiful New Year’s Day with Mark, Joshua and Laura
January – Kielder Dark Skies 10km with Mark, Laura and Tricia – and we all ran well!
February – Penny and I continue the running challenge. This was about 14 miles around Coniston
In March it was 19 miles around Ullswater in mixed weather. What a sense of achievement at the end!
It was Windermere in April, which meant visiting (for the first time ever) High Dam, Claife Viewing station and Wray Castle. 19 miles on day one and 12 miles on day two. Also Pooley Bridge at Easter with Bella and Edward, followed by a solo run around Brotherswater; archery at Kielder with Alex and Edward; Castlerigg Stone Circle and Cat Bells with Cynthia, Edward and Bella; and a fab. weekend in York with Jo and Caroline.
June involved a fantastic run up to Hayeswater and then along to Angle Tarn – both are gorgeous and I’m looking forward to swimming in them!
The Tarn looked gorgeous when I went up there the October half term with Edward; this is the Tarn that Head Torches run around. Another great group of great people, with a few new members this autumn/winter.

And finally we arrive at December. We had the Head Torches run, cake and certificates evening. One of the best things I ever did was start that running group – partly from selfish reasons as I wanted people to run with when it was dark and cold in the winter. We will soon have our own logo and t-shirts and I’m looking forward to seeing what everybody achieves in 2020. Who knows what else the new year will hold – but if it has as many good times with good friends and with my family as this year, I shall be happy.

Merry Christmas everyone, and best wishes for a very happy New Year.

3 thoughts on “Christmas and New Year

  1. Elizabeth December 27, 2019 / 9:21 pm

    It was lovely to look back over your year’s outings and share them with us. I love how alive and happy you look when you are walking, running or swimming. Obviously all agree with you.

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    • sarahjlewisbriggs December 29, 2019 / 9:56 am

      Thank you – hope you’ve had a lovely Christmas etc. I hadn’t thought of it before but yes, you’re right – being outside and ‘exercising’, especially with friends, is good for my soul!

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    • Elizabeth December 29, 2019 / 9:33 pm

      It shows on your face.


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