Get dashing round the town for charity

Get in the spirit for the Santa run. NNL-161121-172208001
Get in the spirit for the Santa run. NNL-161121-172208001

A fun flock of Father Christmases will descend on Rugby on Sunday, December 4, for the fifth annual Santa Run.

The colourful spectacle sees hundreds of runners dressed as Santa line up at the athletics track by the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Centre before hitting the Pytchley, Percival, Ashlawn and Barby Roads over a five-kilometre course.

Last year’s event attracted more than 600 red-suited people for the event.

As well as the 5km course, there’s a one-mile Santa Dash for adults and those aged six or over, plus a Mini Santa Run over one lap of the 400-metre track, for the under-8s.

Kay Shaw, from Rugby and Northampton Athletics Club which organises the event with the Rotary Club of Rugby, said: “This is a real family event, a fun way to start the festive season and it’s going to raise a lot of money for local good causes.

“Anyone who can run, jog, or even walk the course will enjoy the challenge.”

There are prizes for the first three home in each race, including a turkey for the winner of the 5km and everyone gets a medal and a mince pie at the end.

There’s also a team prize for businesses, schools or clubs.

It will be raising money for the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance and the athletics club’s foundation.

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