7th Santa Run delivers a big Christmas present for Hartlepool hospice

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SPORTY Santas pulled on their running shoes and took to the track in Ward Jackson Park for the seventh annual charity Santa Run.

About 150 people dressed in Santa Suits and wearing reindeer antlers braved the chilly-but-bright December weather on Sunday morning in support of Hartlepool & District Hospice.

Entrants in the Hartlepool and District Hospice event make their way through Ward Jackson Park.

Entrants in the Hartlepool and District Hospice event make their way through Ward Jackson Park.

The run started and finished at The Place in the Park cafe in the centre of the park in aid of the hospice, which supports people affected by life-limiting conditions and their families.

It was organised by hospice fundraiser Janice Frobes, with the help of Greg Hildreth and Julie Hildreth (no relation).

“We’ve had a great response so far,” Greg said. “There is a lot of support for us. The event has really grown since it started in 2008 and we have raised more than £20,000 since we started.

“We also held out Christmas fair. We had Shetland ponies in Santa suits, and music and carol singing. The choir from St John Vianney School preformed.

Fun runners at the Hartlepool and District Hospice event at Ward Jackson Park.

Fun runners at the Hartlepool and District Hospice event at Ward Jackson Park.

“The atmosphere was fantastic with Christmas music playing and it was great seeing people in Santa suits enjoying themselves. There were lots of families there, it was a great day out for everybody.”

The event organisers have yet to work out the total amount raised for the hospice.