More than 400 take part in Santa fun run around Belvoir Castle for Dove Cottage Day Hospice

Away they go through the Belvoir Castle grounds PHOTO: Tim Williams
Away they go through the Belvoir Castle grounds PHOTO: Tim Williams
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Belvoir Castle was transformed into a sea of seasonal red on Sunday, as hundreds of people turned into Santa Claus for the day - all for a good cause.

Hundreds of people donned red coats and false white beards to brave the freezing cold as they took part in the second Dove Cottage Santa fun run event.

Time for that Santa selfie for the Davies family PHOTO: Tim Williams

Time for that Santa selfie for the Davies family PHOTO: Tim Williams

The turnout was the highest yet with 430 entrants, 130 more than last year’s total.

Participants set off around the picturesque grounds of the castle at 10.30am and had the opportunity to take on a 2.5km, 5km or new 10km route.

The first runner back on the 2.5km route crossed the finish line after around 12 minutes and everyone who completed the distances received a medal.

One of the organiser, Georgina Steward, said: “The event was fantastic and definitely better than last year. There were a number of families, wheelchair users, pushchairs and dog walkers who took part.

The Santas warm-up before the start PHOTO: Tim Williams

The Santas warm-up before the start PHOTO: Tim Williams

“Everyone enjoyed themselves and we already know around £6,000 has been raised after initial collections.”

Why is everyone dressed as Father Christmas? PHOTO: Tim Williams

Why is everyone dressed as Father Christmas? PHOTO: Tim Williams

Santas in a spin for the second Dove Santa fun run PHOTO: Tim Williams

Santas in a spin for the second Dove Santa fun run PHOTO: Tim Williams

Some Santas didn't look too sure about the morning's activities PHOTO: Tim Williams

Some Santas didn't look too sure about the morning's activities PHOTO: Tim Williams

Santa with a smile along the route PHOTO: Tim Williams

Santa with a smile along the route PHOTO: Tim Williams