Hundreds of people donned Santa outfits yesterday (Sunday) to take part in the sixth annual Stamford Santa Fun Run.
The Christmas spirit was well and truly alive as Burghley Park was transformed into a sea of red suits and beards. About 846 Santas took part in the event, which is organised by the Rotary Club of Stamford Burghley.
A warm-up was led by Caz Dolby from Stamford-based Wildcats Theatre School before the race was started at 11am by mayor Brian Sumner.
All the runners were rewarded with not only a medal but a warming glass of mulled wine and a mince pie after completing the 5k race.
Burghley Rotary press officer Jon Whowell said: “It went really well and it was a huge amount of fun. We were blessed with the weather and it only started to rain as the last runners crossed the finish line.
“The number of Santas was well up on previous years - about 200 more than last year and the event is really to beginning to gather momentum.
“We were really very pleased with how it went. We are very grateful to all our sponsors and to everyone who took part.”
There were 63 teams taking part raising money for a host of good causes, including Mind, the Evergreen Care Trust, schools and Stamford Rugby Club. Jon estimated that about £20,000 will have been raised for good causes.
Among those taking part was Wildcats Academy and Theatre School and Caz Dolby, who runs the schoool, said: “We always support the Santa Run as it is a great family event that all our students can get involved in. It always gets everyone feeling very festive and we particularly enjoy leading over 800 Santas in the warm-up before the race.”