Ready, steady, go ho ho... for Skipton Santa Run!

Craven Herald: Hundreds of Santas limber up ready for the start. Picture by Skipton Rotary Club Buy this photo » Hundreds of Santas limber up ready for the start. Picture by Skipton Rotary Club

A record number of Santas took to the streets of Skipton for the fourth Santa Run, organised by the Rotary Club of Skipton Craven.

More than 1,200 Santas ran, jogged or walked the five kilometre course to raise money for their favourite charity.

The main beneficiaries are Manorlands Hospice, Martin House, the Yorkshire Dales Society and Rotary charities.

Alex Cann from Stray FM started the event and kept everyone in the park entertained while the Santas tackled the course.

First back was chef Bruce Elsworth, closely followed by John Mitcham and Rob Cunningham in around 20 minutes. The first lady was Liz Deakin and the first youngster was Oliver Barraclough.

For most Santas it wasn’t a race they were just there to take part.

Twenty-eight-old Joseph Guest, of Crosshills Road, Cononley, did the run to raise money for STEPS, which has helped his infant daughter, Violet Long-Guest, who has Talipes, also known as clubfoot.

“It was a pretty busy event,” said Joseph, who ran with Violet’s granddad, Peadar Long. “We did it in 30 minutes but we could have been quicker had there not been so many Santas in the way. It was all done in a good spirit.”

Joseph raised £1,035 for STEPS and he said there is still more money coming in.

Rotary club President Bob Marchant said: “The club is indebted to all the sponsors and helpers who made the running of the event possible and to all those taking part from Craven and beyond because without them there would be no money raised for the charities – they were the stars of the day.”

Yorkshire Dales Society trustee Chris Wright said: “We are very grateful to Skipton Craven Rotary Club who nominated our charity as a recipient of funds this year. Their volunteers staged a brilliant, safe and fun event which was hugely enjoyable for everyone.”

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