Wigton Christmas Cracker Run Returns

A convoy of classic cars decorated in festive attire will be taking on the famous Christmas cracker Run for its 24 year this December.

Organised by Wigton Motor Club, the Christmas Cracker Run is one of the longest running events of its type in Cumbria. Held every December, the event sees a number of MG and other vintage and classic cars take on a 70 mile route through some of the county’s trickiest roads.

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Starting at the Rheged Discovery Centre in Penrith, participants will head west, taking on challenges along the way including: motoring and festive quizzes before finishing in Braithwaite. The day is rounded off with prize giving and a trip to visit Keswick’s Christmas Fayre.

Following the devastating floods that hit Cumbria last December, 2015’s Christmas Cracker Run was reorganised for February 2016 which raised some eyebrows when a fleet of Father Christmas’ pulled up at the Rheged Centre.

Hoping the weather holds out for this year’s run, organiser, Graeme Forrester, said: “The run sets off from Penrith and goes through the northern lakes, past Honister and Whinlatter before finishing at Braithwaite.

“It’s a bit of light-hearted fun and is always a great way to finish the year. Everyone gets dressed up and we have all kinds of competitions so it’s good fun. In previous years we’ve had people dressed up as fairies and all sorts, so, I’m looking forward to it.”

Around 60 to 70 people are expected to take part in this year’s run which often attracts entrants from all over the country.

Graeme added: “We often have people coming from as far as Bristol and Aberdeen, there aren’t many events like this one so it does attract people from further afield. Anyone who has got a classic car can take part and it’s not as long as most runs tend to be. It’s meant to be a fun event so it takes place over a morning. We start at 10am and are finished by one in the afternoon. It’s all about taking part.”

Any profit the event makes is donated straight to the club’s charity of choice, which is usually the British Heart Foundation.

For anyone interested in taking part in this year’s Christmas Cracker Run, entry forms are available at the MG Cumbria Facebook page and from the Wigton Motor Cub or by emailing Graeme Forrester at gtfmg@yahoo.co.uk.

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