What it feels like…to run your first 5k.

By Skye Miller, London.

What it feels like to run your first 5k – words I thought I’d never be typing and especially for a website. You see, running is not my thing at all and on a recent family visit to Glasgow I did my first ever 5k which was a surprise for a number of reasons!

My sister and her kids Ashely ( 7 ) and Harry ( 9 ) were taking part in the annual Glasgow Santa Dash and she had a spare place after their Dad pulled out due to a monumental hangover from Saturday night.

His loss was my gain. What a rush! There were more than 5500 Santas of all ages, shapes, sizes and abilities. Dogs, prams , walkers and runners all ‘Santified’ in one way or another descended upon Glasgow’s George Square at 9am on a Sunday morning. It is a sight to behold!

I found myself feeling quite emotional. I have never taken part in anything like this and I found it so inspiring. The event raises money for local charities and many people were participating to raise money for loved ones or causes dear to their hearts.

We were just doing it for fun. I ended up chumming a fellow 5k novice and we jogged along together whilst my sister Jerry walked round with the kids.

We loved it, the atmosphere and energy was electric as we warmed up chanting ho hola ho, more than 5500 of us and then it started to snow! It was quite magical.

I didn’t think I’d be able to run the entire way but I did, in under 40 mins which for me is no mean feat as I haven’t run since hating cross country running as a kid at school.

Fair to say we all felt exhilarated, buzzed up and thoroughly festive after the event and even though I am London based I will definitely be coming back up for next year’s event. I understand the target for next year is 10 000 people to sign up.

I’d throughly encourage you to take part if you can – don’t worry about running it, thousands of people and their dogs walk it and enjoy the morning. I really loved doing the Glasgow Santa Dash and look forward to taking part in 2015.