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Derby Santas put their best foot or paw forward for charity

Ready, steady, ho ho ho Derby Santas

Two and four legged runners had a festive day to remember.

Santa Claus came to town or in this case Markeaton Park in Derby yesterday (Sunday 5 December) as hundreds got together for a jolly good run. They turned the park red as part of a weekend of festivities and received a Santa themed medal and goody bag in return. 

Organised by Chesterfield Royal Hospital and Derby and Burton Hospitals Charity in partnership with Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People, the Derby Santa Run returned in force. Previously known as the Jingle Jog, the 13th outing of this popular event was a success and just what was needed after 21 months of Covid. Adults, children and dogs too looked forward to this day whilst supporting these worthy causes who like many others, have been adversely affected by the pandemic.  

The event was structured into two waves with Wave 1 at 11am and Wave 2 at 1pm and participants had the choice of 2.5K or 5K, running or walking one lap or two laps around the park. There was an energetic warm up beforehand so that Santa Claus and ‘Santa Paws’ were fit and raring to go on their merry way, cheered on by family and friends. 

There was a range of festive celebrations to enjoy before and after the run that included live music, mini golf, food, walkabout characters and rather appropriately, an Elf Trail.    

The generosity of participants with their fundraising effortd for Rainbows, showed it is the season to be giving along with running.  

Sunday’s event ensures Santa is fully fit and ‘race ready’ for 25 December.   

Image courtesy of Puszta Zsolt.  

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