Santas warming up for annual fun run

Hospice staff getting revved up for the Santa Fun Run and, on the rest of the page, pictures from last year's event. Below, enjoying the Santa Fun Run are Mum Julie Neary and daughter Charlotte Dean
Hospice staff getting revved up for the Santa Fun Run and, on the rest of the page, pictures from last year's event. Below, enjoying the Santa Fun Run are Mum Julie Neary and daughter Charlotte Dean
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Your local hospice is calling for people to don Santa Suits and Reindeer Antlers – and get on the run.

This year’s Santa Fun Run will start from The Place in the Park, in Ward Jackson Park, Hartlepool, on Sunday, December 2.

And in a unique twist, the Hartlepool Mail is backing Hartlepool & District Hospice and promoting fitness by encouraging people to sign up for the jog.

It’s the latest chance for people in Hartlepool to improve their health through the Mail’s Race For Fitness campaign which aims to get 2012 people healthy in Olympic year.

And on top of that, anyone who signs up will be helping to raise money for the Hospice.

Hospice events fundraiser Greg Hildreth said: “This is the fifth year we have run the Santa Fun Run and it just gets better each year. It is a great chance to get fit with the family and have a bit of fun at the same time!.”

So far this year, our Race For Fitness campaign has enjoyed some impressive successes.

● It got the backing of Prime Minister David Cameron and Lord Sebastian Coe.

● Sports personalities such as Hartlepool boxer Savannah Marshall, and former Olympian Fatima Whitbread gave their support.

● Groups gave their backing as well, such as Balance, the North East alcohol awareness campaign group, the British Heart Foundation, anti-smoking group FRESH, North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, Stockton and Hartlepool Stop Smoking Service, the Hartlepool Borough Council sport and recreation team, the Burn Road Harriers athletics club.

● We teamed up with the organisers of the Bupa Great North Run to promote fitness and 700 Hartlepool runners in the half marathon had their names published in the Hartlepool Mail.

● And in yet another fitness first, we launched the Weigh Forward competition in conjunction with the Best Western Grand Hotel and personal trainer Steven Smith. It saw a dozen people change their lifestyle and get back into shape.

Now, in the final part of our 2012 Race For Fitness push, we are teaming up with the Hospice to encourage people to enter the Santa Fun Run.

Last year, more than 130 Santas and Rudolphs ran and more are expected to be part of it again this year.

Greg added: “This is a great opportunity for everyone, young and old, to have a bit of festive fun and help to raise vital funds for your local Hospice”

And for those who do, there’s not just a jog to look forward to.

There will also be a Christmas Fair taking place at The Place in the Park, where refreshments and much more will be available.

The run starts at 11am and is a circuit of Ward Jackson Park.

It costs £5 for adults to register and £3 for under 16s.

All adults receive a Santa Suit and children will receive a set of Rudolph Antlers and a Red Nose.

To register online visit www.hartlepoolhospice.co.uk or call Greg on (01429) 855529 to request a registration form.