Be a red-nosed record breaker on Santa run

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FUN run organisers are bidding for a Yuletide jog to be a record-breaking winner.

Hartlepool & District Hospice is preparing to start the Christmas season in style at this year’s Santa Fun Run.

 It will be held at The Place in the Park, in Ward Jackson Park, in Hartlepool, on Sunday, December 1.

 The Santa Fun Run is a sponsored event with a difference where all of the entrants are dressed as either Santa Claus or Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer.

 The half-mile course can be run, jogged or walked.

 There will also be a Christmas fair in The Place in the Park where refreshments will be available. Everyone who takes part will receive a free mince pie and all under 16s will be given a badge and a certificate.

 Hospice spokesman Greg Hildreth said: “It is a brilliant way to start the festive season and it is loads of fun for families and children of all ages.

 “We supply the costumes so all you have to do is join in, get sponsored and have a great time.

 “Last year was our biggest and most successful Santa Fun Run yet with more than 130 Santas and little helpers running, jogging or walking and at the same time raising £3,500 for the Hospice. I am expecting this year’s run to be even better.”

 The event starts at 11am and is a circular course around 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 go to where people can also set up a personal fund raising page.

 People who don’t have access to the internet can call Greg on (01429) 855529 to request a registration form.

 The hospice offers specialist palliative care to hundreds of adults from Hartlepool and East Durham each year. They can be living with illnesses from cancer, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder, Motor Neurone Disease, end stage heart disease and Parkinson’s.

 Each patient and their family/carers receives a tailor-made package of services to meet their needs.

 It costs £2.3m to provide the services. The hospice receives 24 per cent NHS funding so the outstanding £1.7m must be raised through the local community and other fundraising initiatives.