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'There’s A Special Feeling About It': 5 People On The Joy Of Running On Christmas Day

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Heading out for a family walk on Christmas Day to work up an appetite (or shake off post-turkey sluggishness) is a tradition many of us have embraced – but thousands of Brits take things even further with a festive run.

Around 53,000 people in the UK logged a run on the app Strava on Christmas Day last year, and the most popular time to don our trainers was 9am.

Alex Mills, 24, from Oxfordshire, says running on Christmas Day gives him a chance to breathe and clear his head before a hectic day.

“It’s also great for increasing your hunger and adding space for that extra bit of turkey,” he jokes.

Sophie [pictured below] became my first Christmas Day run attendee two years ago and now she’s hooked on the idea, too.”

For Joanna Earle, 35, from Kings Hill, Kent, running is a way to make Christmas feel less overwhelming.

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