These two fine figures of men are dressed up and ready to head off to join today's Santa Run around Newtown. In case you're wondering, that's a turkey on No 3 son, Tim's head. You should also note that he's a tall man, which is why my 5' 10" looks a bit stumpy.
I was expecting today to be a 'trial run' for the General Election campaign in Montgomeryshire. I'd been told that both Heledd Fychan (Plaid Cymru) and Lembit Opik (Lib Dem) were running as well as me. You can see that I've been warming up. I was feeling a bit tense, because I've been suffering a bit of ankle trouble, and wasn't sure how it would go. Didn't want to be beaten by either of them. Anyway the ankle survived OK. But I needn't have worried. Didn't see Heledd anywhere, (I must have been misinformed) and the MP was only there for the start. I was told he'd cried off with a sore throat. Don't know why he didn't do the same as last year, and just ride around on his Segway!
It was nothing like as successful an event as in the past, when over 4,000 Santas have been known to run. I believe everything went off quietly this year, with no repetition of the street brawl a few years ago when several Santas were arrested for trying to knock six Xmas bells out of each other. This story reached across the world. It was an incident that greatly worried the organisers at the time, but I was never sure that the sheer ridiculousness of the imagery didn't counter any negativity - especially as the name of the police spokesman was Inspector Slaymaker. Whatever, the weather was kind and Tim and I had an enjoyable run around Newtown. I hope its organised again next year.