Ho-ho-hoping for Santa Fun Run in Hartlepool

Stephanie Hall (left) and Janice Forbes (right) (hartlepool and district hospice) with St John Vianney primary school pupils Ben Caden, Abigail Wearmouth, Sienna Sanderson, Abbey Fleetham, Amy Caden, Abbie Lynch, Keith Pearson, Phoebe Burgess and Isabelle Lambert
Stephanie Hall (left) and Janice Forbes (right) (hartlepool and district hospice) with St John Vianney primary school pupils Ben Caden, Abigail Wearmouth, Sienna Sanderson, Abbey Fleetham, Amy Caden, Abbie Lynch, Keith Pearson, Phoebe Burgess and Isabelle Lambert
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IT’S back for another year - and festive joggers are being urged to sign up in their dozens for this year’s Santa Fun Run.

The sixth annual Hartlepool & District Hospice run is planned for Sunday, December 7 and Ward Jackson Park will be the scene for hundreds of joggers to get into the festive spirit.

Stephanie Hall (left) and Janice Forbes (right) (hartlepool and district hospice) with St John Vianney primary school pupils Ben Caden, Abigail Wearmouth, Sienna Sanderson, Abbey Fleetham, Amy Caden, Abbie Lynch, Keith Pearson, Phoebe Burgess and Isabelle Lambert

Stephanie Hall (left) and Janice Forbes (right) (hartlepool and district hospice) with St John Vianney primary school pupils Ben Caden, Abigail Wearmouth, Sienna Sanderson, Abbey Fleetham, Amy Caden, Abbie Lynch, Keith Pearson, Phoebe Burgess and Isabelle Lambert

Organisers are hoping hundreds of people will line up for the event which starts at 11am.

It is not just a run either. A Christmas fair, carol singing, miniature ponies and other attractions should all add to the atmosphere.

Hospice fundraising manager Julie Hildreth said: “We had about 250 runners last year and we want more this time. We want this to be the biggest and the best we have ever had.

“We raised about £6,000 last year and it would be great if we could raise more.”

People can either register on the day, visit the hospice website or contact Janice Forbes at the hospice to put themselves forward.

Julie added: “We are going to have a Christmas fair at the Place In The Park in the community room. There will be candles, gifts, flowers, home made cards and a sweet stall. There will be miniature ponies out the back and we want to make this a big event.”

The cost of registering for the run is £5 for adults, who will receive a Santa suit, and £3 for children under 16 who will get either a Santa hat or antlers and a flashing nose.

Julie added: “In the past years, whole generations of families have taken part from grandmothers to babies in their push chairs and even dogs.”

The event will also include children from St John Vianney RC Primary School, in King Oswy Drive, Hartlepool, singing Christmas carols.

Julie said: “The weather was quite mild for the fun last year which meant people stayed around for longer. It is a fun day for all the family.”

The run itself is over a distance which should suit everyone. Julie explained: “It is one lap of the park from the Place In The Park, past the pond and back.”

As well as registering to take part, people are also encouraged to get sponsorship to raise more money for the Hospice.

To register, people can either visit the website at http://www.hartlepoolhospice.co.uk/, contact Janice Forbes on (01429) 855536, or register on the day.