SANTA RUN: Pictures from Rugby's 2019 Santa Run
Pictures by Mike Baker
A record number of Santas congregated at Rugby Athletic Club on Sunday to kick off the festive season at Rugby’s Santa Run.
Now in its eighth year, this popular community event welcomed hundreds of Santas, from tiny tots to grandparents, dog walkers to seasoned runners, to join in the festive fun.
Rugby’s Mayor, Councillor Bill Lewis, was kept busy throughout the morning presenting the top finishers with trophies and prizes, whilst teams of volunteers handed out medals, cookies and drinks to all the runners.
Winner of the turkey prize and the trophy for first place in the 5K run was Alistair McDonnell and first lady home was Tilly Lea.
R&NAC juniors ran outstanding races with Arthur Tilt finishing first boy and Madeleine Jacks taking the girls trophy.
Lawrence Sheriff students were the first team to cross the line and take home the Santa Team Trophy.
In the one mile Santa Dash race, Olly Brown and Florence Lambert finished first boy and girl respectively.
“It was such a great morning and a lovely start to the Christmas period,” said participant Amy Sarkies.
“The Rugby Santa Run is the highlight of mine and my daughter’s annual race calendar!”
The annual charity event was once again organised by Rugby & Northampton Athletic Club, supported by the Rotary Club of Rugby.
The organisers would like to thank lead sponsors Nicholls Building and Plumbing Merchants for their continued support, as well as other local businesses who provided sponsorship and contributed prizes, including Joseph Morris butchers who donated the turkey prize.
Proceeds and sponsorship money raised will go towards improving facilities at RNAC and The Rotary Club of Rugby, who support various local charities.