Melton’s Rotary Santa Fun Run event raises £6k for charities

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A total of 250 people dashed through the cold and wet conditions to take part in the sixth annual Melton Santa Fun Run on Sunday.

Competitors of all ages and abilities dressed in Santa suits took part in the event held in Melton Country Park and organised by the Rotary Club of Melton.

Entrants were challenged to complete a 5km run or a one-mile walker’s circuit, raising money for their chosen charities in the process.

Fun run organisers estimate that this year’s sea of Santas have collectively raised just over £6,000 for their chosen causes.

Julia Hinde, one of the fun run organisers, said: “A big thank you to everyone who turned out on Sunday despite the weather.

“Suzanne Rathbone warmed up the Santa’s as our Healthy Elf and Melton Mayor Jeanne Douglas and our district governor Geoff Blurton started us off with a countdown.

“I’d like to wish all who took part a wonderful Christmas and I hope to see some familiar faces back again next year.”

First across the line in the 5km race was 15-year-old George Griffiths (20mins 54secs) followed by Michael Cooke (20mins 54 secs).

Coming home in third was Daniel Christmas (20mins 58secs) and the first child to cross the line, and 5th overall was 12-year-old Euan Gibbs. The first woman to finish was Helen Widdowson.

This year’s best dressed dog competition judged and sponsored by Pets at Home was won by Lilly the Newfoundland.

The cutest kid competition judged by the mayor was won by a child in a Santa buggy complete with a reindeer.

The Melton Santa Fun Run organisers wish to thank event sponsors Tesco, 103 The Eye, Melton Town Estate, Pets at Home, Mars in the community, PBS office and Truform Buildings.

Photos are being sold via the Rotary Club’s website

Next year’s event is set to be held on Sunday, December 18, 2016.