Charity unveils new Lincoln Santa Fun Run medal

With just weeks to go before the 2014 Lincoln Santa Fun Run, one of the event’s newest beneficiaries has unveiled the medal which will be given to all finishers.

The Danwood-sponsored annual event takes place on Sunday, December 14 at 11.30am from Castle Square.

Up to 2,500 fundraising Santas will complete a three-kilometre circuit from Lincoln Castle.

So far just under 1,200 entrants have registered, but people can still sign up online. Registration is £10, but entrants are urged to give £20.14 to help the causes.

Participants will receive a medal measuring 140mm, which will feature flashing lights.

Louise Cotton shows off the new-look medal.

Louise Cotton shows off the new-look medal.

Staff from the Lincolnshire learning disability charity, Linkage, launched the new medal from Boultham Park, which will benefit from money raised.

The Boultham Park Capital Appeal is raising the final £250,000 for the restoration project at the park. This is a £3.7 million joint venture by Linkage and City of Lincoln Council, with grant aid from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund Parks for People project.

The Boultham Park Restoration Project, led by Linkage with City of Lincoln Council, and LIVES are the two new beneficiaries of the event.

Candles, the Samaritans, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance and the causes backed by the Rotary Club of Lincoln Colonia are the other charities which will be helped by the thousands of pounds raised.

Tony Barker, Communications and PR Manager for Linkage, said: “We were out at the Lincoln Christmas Lights Switch-on during Thursday to tell visitors about the event and will be leafleting the hundreds of people who take part every week in the parkrun at Boultham Park. We’re very excited to be part of the Santa Fun Run this year.”

Organiser Chris Illsley says: “More than 1,200 have already signed up for the Lincoln Santa Fun Run but we have space for many more people. The new medal is fantastic and I thank the charities for drumming up support.”