Cabbage Patch 4 2018

Posted by Alan Mawdsley on 28 December 2018

The event this year was a great success with an increased number of participants. The event is hopefully an essential and enjoyable part of the Stragglers Christmas tradition. Whilst the lucky dip entry continues to be popular,some competitors, who perhaps prefer to do so, very kindly make a cash donation to our chosen charity instead. This year the recipient organisation is the Pancreatic Cancer Charity which was nominated to be the major beneficiary from the 2018 Wedding Day 7k Race earlier this year. We are delighted to say that a total of £285 was donated at the CP4 this year and we thank everyone firstly for their support for the event and secondly for their amazing generosity.

CP4 2018

As always, it is the competitors who create the wonderful and special atmosphere of friendship and fun-filled Christmas spirit each year. However we would like to extend our grateful thanks to perennial supporters Simon Brazil, Malcolm Ellis and Frank Dupree, Paul Hutchings and Leo Hutchings and my daughter Gemma who this year was aided by her boyfriend Ben, who all made the event happen so seamlessly. We are also grateful to our on the day Marshals Dave Papworth, Caitlin Limmer, Duncan Gaskell and Beverly Gow. My sincere apologies to anyone that I may have overlooked. Finally we would like to thank once again the wonderfully generous and charismatic Stuart and his staff at the Cabbage Patch.

Stuart is not only a great pub manager but also the events Host and benefactor. Many of you will be aware that nothing ever seems too much for Stuart and he not only provides our winners prizes but willingly creates for us a unique venue with a genuine atmosphere of bonhomie. We look forward to seeing everyone again at next year's Boxing Day Cabbage Patch 4. For the statisticians out there we would advise that this we reverted to the traditional course following last year's modified finish position which accommodated the 2017 stage of the Twickenham Station construction works. Naturally this should be taken into account when comparing performances with previous events. You can see the full results here

Finally the Winner of this year's special Golden shoe award was presented to a well deserving Paul Hutchings for his magnificent and much appreciated year on year support of this event. Paul was unfortunately in hospital both before and on Christmas day but was once again able to be on the Boxing day startline for us. A real star. 

Keith Haworth

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