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Photo gallery: First Rutland Santa Fun Run proves a success

They’re off - the first Rutland Santa Fun Run took place on Saturday and got off to a flying start.

More than 100 people donned the festive red outfits for the event organised by the Rotary Club of Rutland.

The event was started in style by the Lord Lieutenant of Rutland Dr Sarah Furness, who got the race underway at the Oakham Showground.

Families, friends and school groups came together to run, jog or walk around the perimeter of the rugby club to raise funds for their chosen charity or for designated Rotary charities.

Despite the less than festive weather, there was a lively atmosphere boosted by mulled wine and mince pies and some rousing music.

Afterwards rotarian Richard Simmons, who organised, the event, said: “We were little apprehensive about starting such an event from scratch, but our faith has been amply rewarded with such a good turn out.

“Now that we are clear that there is good support for this event in Rutland, we hope to build up the numbers year on year.

“It’s good to see people enjoying themselves while raising money for good causes.

“A big thank you to all the sponsors, participants and those who helped with the organising and to Rutland Radio for promoting the event."

Visit www.photos.iliffemedia.co.uk and click on the December 7 folder to purchase images from this event.

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