Gallery: Santas on the run for Rotary

Stamford Santa Fun Run at Burghley Park
Stamford Santa Fun Run at Burghley Park

BURGHLEY Park in Stamford was transformed into a sea of red Santas as hundreds ran for charity.

The Rotary Club of Stamford Burghley held the fifth Santa Fun Run on Sunday.

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Although the event attracted fewer participants than last year - 542 compared to 885 - organisers were still pleased with how it went.

Rotarian Jon Whowell said: “Everyone who came enjoyed it and of the 542 people there, 120 were children which was great to see.

“There were also a lot of dogs taking part this year, which all added to the fun of the event.”

Everyone from babies to a man in his 70s took part in the run, which is a three-mile course and can be walked, jogged or run.

The club had hoped to attract a record 1,000 participants but Jon said the club would be considering ways to attract more people.

He said some of the larger teams had pulled out this year, meaning numbers were down, and he believed a poor weather forecast had put people off turning up on the day.

Jon said: “As it was, it stayed dry during the run, so it’s a shame if that is what put people off.

“We did have about 30 people who turned up on the day to take part.

“It is a really fantastic event.”

Participants got into the spirit of the event with a warm-up led by a fitness trainer from Stapleford Park.

The race was started at 11am by the club’s president Clive Adkin and mayor of Stamford John Binder.

After the race, everyone who took part received a commemorative medal and a hot chocolate or mulled wine and a mince pie from event sponsor Anne Corder Recruitment.

Last year’s event raised more than £35,000 and Jon is hoping that thousands of pounds will again have been raised for a host of good causes.

Jon said: “The figure will obviously be down on last year but hopefully it will still be a considerable amount.

“Overall, we were very pleased with the event.”