Market Harborough’s Santa Run returned to Welland Park on Sunday December 11th and was attended by a record number of runners. Spectators cheered on 580 Santas, the largest amount since the run was formed 3 years ago.

Harborough Sana run 2016

Santas amassed outside Welland Park café from 12pm where there was a race briefing, entertainment from the Ukulele Orchestra of Market Harborough and a warm up routine led by Snap Fitness. Runners then embarked on either a 2km or 5km route around the park.

Organised by Race Harborough, the Santa Run’s main aim is to raise money for local charities. The increase in Santas taking part meant that sponsorship money this year reached new heights. Well over £3,000 was raised for charity with significant amounts going to Squires Effect and Clic Sargeant.

Santa Run 2016 - Photo from simonlphoto.uk

Market Harborough Santa fun run 2016

“This event is one that we look forward to and it just keeps getting better and better every year,” comments Brian Corcoran, event co-organiser. “Being based in a town with a strong community spirit means that we’re able to grow and raise good amounts for these worthwhile causes. It’s especially important at this time of year and to see so many people come out to raise money, whether they ran or not, is extremely rewarding for us.”

As an extra fundraising incentive during the run, the Santa that caught the Christmas pudding (Dan Hallam), a runner who set off a few seconds before the rest of the field, would win £100 to donate to a charity of their choice. In previous years the pudding has proved difficult to catch but Sunday’s run saw Jason Williams win the prize. Jason chose to donate the £100 to Vasculitis UK in support of his friend Martin Makin who has been fighting the illness.

Organisers also judged ‘the best dressed dog’ before the race which was won by Jess and her owner Julie Clarke. They received a dog hamper prize donated by Paws 4 Walking.

Santa run fundraising

The fundraising efforts from the run take the total amount raised in 2016 by Race Harborough events to over £35,000. This has been reached through various running and cycling events including the Carnival of Running, Tunnel Vision, Lutterworth 5 and the Festival of Cycling.

“It’s an amount of money that we’re extremely proud of. The money raised goes a long way for the charities that we support and we’d like to thank all those that have taken part in any of our events this year” explains Brian.