Santa Fun Run Spreads Festive Cheer

In a jolly display of Christmas spirit, over 200 participants donned their festive attire for the fifth annual ‘Santa on the Run’ fun run on Sunday morning. The event brought together the community for a cheerful run around the regatta enclosure fields, and raised £1,000 for the Mayor’s charities.

Runners of all ages, and even some furry friends, joined the fun, showcasing a tree-mendous array of Christmas outfits that added an extra layer of joy to the event. The merry pack was led by Dave Eggleton on his motorbike, decked out as Father Christmas.

The course offered participants the choice of running either one or two laps around the regatta enclosure fields. After crossing the finish line, runners were rewarded with hot chocolate and mince pies.

Tom Lovett, crowned the best-dressed male for his Grinch costume, ran with his daughter, Tabitha. Tom, a first-time participant in the Santa fun run, expressed his surprise at winning the award. He said, “There’s some great fancy dresses out there, some great Santa Clauses. It was a good, hard run. I busted my knees ten years ago, snapped both of my ACLs, so running is very difficult for me, but I had my daughter with me and she kept me going until I got too slow, and then she just ran off on her own!”

The Wright family, comprising Will and Michelle (parents) and their daughters Holly and Hannah, clinched the best-dressed family award. Their prize, a meal for four at the Argyll, added an extra layer of joy to their first-time running experience. Will shared, “We’re over the moon. Thumbs up from Holly. So many people are dressed up so good, so we are all doing really well. It’s our first time running this. It was really fun, a good community atmosphere, and nice to see everyone getting out and doing it. Thanks to everyone who organised it.”

Prizes for the event were provided by Phantom Brewery, the Argyll, and Tesco. Rupert House School sponsored the event, and Leander Club supplied water. The event was organized by Town Councillors Sarah Miller, Stefan Gawrysiak, and Laurence Plant,

Mayor Kellie Hinton expressed her delight at the success of the event, thanking the organizers and participants for their enthusiastic support. She said, “It was absolutely wonderful. We have had more entries than ever before, I believe. I’m really just so grateful for Laurence Plant and Stefan Gawrisyak, because Laurence organised the whole event and Stefan did the website and entries and everything. And we’ve had Sarah here, which is amazing – it’s the first time I’ve seen Sarah at an event, which is great because she was instrumental in getting the Santa Fun Run back up and running the last few years, so it’s really great to see her here and have her starting the race.”

Kellie continued, “It’s a really great, silly event for everyone to dress up, come together, it doesn’t matter your ability or your age – child, adult, family, on your own, come along and take part, have fun, and maybe win a prize for dressing silly!”

‘Santa on the Run’ once again proved to be a delightful way for the community to come together, spread holiday cheer, and contribute to charitable causes!

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