Santas turn out in force for Lutterworth run

Stepping out...Steven Jesson, Grace Jesson 6, Robert Jesson, Lily Jesson 10 and Jean Jesson before the Santa run in Lutterworth.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER
Stepping out...Steven Jesson, Grace Jesson 6, Robert Jesson, Lily Jesson 10 and Jean Jesson before the Santa run in Lutterworth.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

There was a Santastic turnout for the Lutterworth Santa Run - despite the cold winds and overcast weather on Sunday.

Organisers said 775 Santas took part, raising money for a Barnardo’s Young Carers, Canine Partnership – Share and Care Group, the Air Ambulance, the Mayor of Lutterworth’s Appeal and a range of Rotary Charities.

Sea of red.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Sea of red.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

The Lutterworth Santa Fun Run is organised by the two Rotary Clubs of Lutterworth, The Lutterworth Rotary Club and the Rotary Club of Lutterworth Wycliffe.

Participants run on one of two courses - either 5.7 kilometres or four kilometres - starting and finishing at Lutterworth College.

Over the six years the event has been running, £79,000 has been raised for local and international charities.

One of the event’s organisers, Peter Osborn, said: “We were lucky with the weather – it was at least dry for “the run” even if the wind was higher than we would have liked.

Santa runners take to the streets of Lutterworth.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Santa runners take to the streets of Lutterworth.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

“But in the seven years Lutterworth Rotary have been running the event we have never had to cancel.”

Runners and walkers took part in the Santa Fun Run.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Runners and walkers took part in the Santa Fun Run.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Karen Stanhope and Paul Coughlan before the start.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Karen Stanhope and Paul Coughlan before the start.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Santa rules...Sophie Hancock, Jessica Marples and Emma Bliss.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Santa rules...Sophie Hancock, Jessica Marples and Emma Bliss.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Fun...Trinity Barnes 6, Heather Barnes, Theo Barnes 2, Anne Barnes, Julie Coleman and Kai Barnes.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Fun...Trinity Barnes 6, Heather Barnes, Theo Barnes 2, Anne Barnes, Julie Coleman and Kai Barnes.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Festive...Cheryl Wright and Sarah Freer.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Festive...Cheryl Wright and Sarah Freer.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Canine Partners taking part in the Santa Run in Lutterworth.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Canine Partners taking part in the Santa Run in Lutterworth.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Lutterworth Town Mayor Tony Hirons starts the Santa Fun Run off in Lutterworth.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Lutterworth Town Mayor Tony Hirons starts the Santa Fun Run off in Lutterworth.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Runners set off.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Runners set off.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER