100 up and Christmas cake report!

On 21 December I ran my 100th Edinburgh parkrun 5k. Here I am looking excited or nervous just before the start.
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It was a windy day so much as I would have loved to break 20 minutes and run a pb on my hundreth run it just wasn’t ever going to happen. Here are the frontrunners setting off. I’m about three rows back!
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The only photo of me actually running is this one which is a bit blurred. Must speak to my photographer (daughter number 1)
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She did a bit better with the traditional post run photo where I’m either looking relieved or slightly disappointed that my time was only 20:41.
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Looking back now I’m very happy that I’ve done the 100 runs and that the extra training and exercise that I did particularly in the last two months brought me close to 20 minutes and a couple of personal bests. I’m now going to rest and not run competitively for a couple of months. My goal in the new year is to lose weight, eat healthily and build up the training to the point where I can actually run sub 20. I do think it is possible.

But far too much about me. Talking about healthy eating here’s our Christmas cake.
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Before you think that I’ve been baking we won the cake in a raffle before soaking it with sherry and covering with apricot jam, marzipan and icing. I was involved in this part because the apricot jam lid wouldn’t open and I was able to do that. The cake when cut and consumed was a bit disappointing.
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The sherry only penetrated half the cake and the fruit wasn’t as rich as I had hoped. It was in fact a bit dry. But it didn’t stop me eating about 12 generous pieces of it over Christmas.

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4 thoughts on “100 up and Christmas cake report!

    • Thanks Lorna. An aunt who rather tragically has slipped this mortal coil used to make us a Christmas cake every year which was superb in every respect. Nothing since then has come close to the moistness and richness of her cakes.

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  1. Well done on your 100th park run, David! That is a great achievement. Obviously you were running way too fast for the camera to capture you in the third pic! 🙂 I am sorry that the cake turned out to be a bit dry, though the decoration looked lovely, as Lorna says. If you’ve never tried baking one, I can totally recommend it – it’s VERY easy and very worthwhile!

    • Thanks Jo. Nothing worse than dry fruit cake. It’s kind of you to say that I could make my own but I lack confidence. And the problem is that when the time approaches for making Christmas cake I always seem to be busy doing something else. But it might be a project for Christmas 2014!

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