Awesome sight as Santas step forth

Ready to set off on the Santa fun run at Burghley House are, back from left, David Armes, Lucy Conley, Kate Armes and Bill Conley and front, Isobel Conley, eight, Ada Armes, four, and Evie Armes, seven. Photo: SM121210-028ow
Ready to set off on the Santa fun run at Burghley House are, back from left, David Armes, Lucy Conley, Kate Armes and Bill Conley and front, Isobel Conley, eight, Ada Armes, four, and Evie Armes, seven. Photo: SM121210-028ow

IT was the best ever year for the Santa Fun Run as nearly 800 people took to Burghley Park to raise money for charity.

The Rotary Club of Stamford Burghley organised the event, which took place on Sunday in Stamford, and said numbers of those taking part were more than 200 up on last year’s total of 565.

Rotarian Jon Whowell said: “We certainly expected the numbers to be up on last year but we didn’t expect this amount.

“We had a lot of people enter on the day and it was our best ever year. Everyone at the Rotary is absolutely delighted.”

It was the fourth time the event has run and Jon said it was once again a fantastic sight to see so many Santas taking part.

He said: “It is just an awesome sight to see all these Santas and everyone had a great time. It is a really fun event and there was lots of runners and walkers.

“We also had a couple of wheelchair entrants and those pushing buggies. I even spotted some dogs going around the course wearing antlers!”

The event kicked off at 10.45am with a warm-up event, which was run by a fitness trainer from Stapleford Park Country House Hotel and Sporting Estate, and all the Santas took part in a Mexican wave before setting off.

Mayor of Stamford David Brailsford waved the flag to start the race. Every participant received a medal and warm refreshments, which were provided by one of the main sponsors of the event Anne Corder Recruitment.

Mr Whowell said the 793 Santas entered in 40 teams and he is now urging people who entered on behalf of Rotary to return their money. Those who entered to raise money for their own good cause should also register how much they’ve raised.

Jon added: “Last year we raised £18,000 so we expect to top that figure but we will not know the total amount raised until the new year.

“The Rotary club will be very pleased to make major contributions to the charities we support.”

He said the club are already planning the event for next year and hoped to get even more runners.

He added: “It just gets better and better. Maybe next year we could hit the 1,000 mark.”

Jon thanked the run sponsors, the British Red Cross and everyone who took part.