Santas galore stride out in aid of charities

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There was an ‘elfy’ turnout of 350 runners and walkers who took part in the fifth 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 once again by the Rotary Club of Melton.

Fun run participants warm up with some Santa aerobics EMN-141215-131831001

Fun run participants warm up with some Santa aerobics EMN-141215-131831001

Participants were challenged to complete a 5K 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 £5,000 for their chosen causes.

Julia Hinde, one of the fun run organisers, said: “A big thank you and well done to everyone who took part.

“All of the runners and walkers, from the little ones in buggies to the seniors, put on a great spectacle to kick off the countdown to Christmas and gave a special gift to all of the charities which will benefit this year.”

Hundreds of runners and walkers of all ages and abilities took part in the fitth annual Melton Santa Fun Run organised by the Rotary Club of Melton EMN-141215-132402001

Hundreds of runners and walkers of all ages and abilities took part in the fitth annual Melton Santa Fun Run organised by the Rotary Club of Melton EMN-141215-132402001

First across the line in the 5K race was Jim Hatherley (18mins 19secs) followed by Jos Wilson in second (19mins 4secs).

Coming home third, and first woman to finish, was Suzanne Rathbone (20mins 57secs). the second and third women to finish were Louise Houghton and Jane Wilson.

The first junior to cross the line, finishing sixth overall, was Joseph Birch.

First prize in the best dressed buggy and baby competition, sponsored and judged by Sainsbury’s Melton, went to Robert Hall and granddaughter Eliza Lovegrove.

This year’s run also included a best dressed dog competition, judged and sponsored by Pets at Home. The winner was boxer Bruno who was dressed as a reindeer. Second place went to Norman the terrier, wearing a knotted elf body suit and elf hat, and in third was Harvey the Labrador who sported its owner’s handmade Santa outfit.

Doggie treats were handed out to all the entrants.

The fun run organisers wish to thank event sponsors Sainsbury’s Melton, for providing water and mince pies, 103 The Eye for playing Christmas tunes on the day with their mobile roadshow and for providing commentary, Mars for the much appreciated ‘Healthy Elf’ Suzanne Rathbone (who also ran and came third) and all the other companies which supported the event with the costs of suits and medals.

Photos are being sold via the Rotary Club’s website www.meltonsantafunrun.co.uk

Next year’s event is set to be held on Sunday, December 13, 2015.