Hospice charity announces details of annual Santa Fun Run

A local hospice charity has announced details of its annual Christmas-themed fun run.

Herriot Hospice Homecare is holding its Santa Fun Run at Hambleton Leisure Centre, in Northallerton, on Saturday, December 9, from 11am to 1pm.

The charity is hoping hundreds of people will take part dressed as Father Christmas, with all the money raised going to support its work in Hambleton and Richmondshire.

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The 5k run will take place on the Northallerton Park Run course with volunteers from the Park Run kindly acting as stewards on the day.

People are encouraged to register in advance, with entry of £15 for adults and £8 for children, which includes a Santa suit (to keep) and medal.

Paula Moore, assistant fundraiser at Herriot Hospice Homecare, said: “The Santa Run is always one of the highlights of the fundraising year and we are hoping the 2017 event will be our best ever.

“Seeing so many people running around the course dressed as Santa Claus is an amazing sight and it certainly gets everyone in the Christmas spirit.

“Most importantly, the money we raise from the event goes towards the services we provide to people with terminal illnesses, and their families, in Richmondshire and Hambleton.

“We would like to thank the organisers of the Northallerton park run for allowing us to use their course and for supplying volunteers for the event; and we look forward to seeing as many Santa’s as possible on the 9th December.”

Car parking will be available from 9am until 1pm and registration opens at 10am.

The race is due to start at 11am. The course is predominantly grass, with occasional gravelled areas and the majority of the terrain is flat.

People are advised to take into consideration the weather and wear the appropriate footwear.

Hot and soft drinks will be available to buy before and after the race.

Tickets are being sold via Eventbrite which people can access via the Herriot website at https://www.herriothh.org.uk/event/177.

People can also come along and register on the day, and those who would like to run without donning a Santa suit are also welcome to take part and receive a medal on finishing the 5k course.