Lincoln charity unveils custom-made Santa Fun Run souvenir medal

A souvenir medal for the 10th anniversary of the Lincoln Santa Run Fun has been revealed by two first-time participants who will take part for learning disability charity Linkage.

Philip Williams and Verity Kirk donned Santa outfits on a visit to Boultham Park, which will benefit from money raised by “Team Linkage” in the event on Sunday, December 13.

Around 2,500 people are expected to dash around the city’s historic Bailgate area, with runners setting off at 11.30am from inside Lincoln Castle.

After two laps of the course, the runners will return to the castle to be rewarded with their own custom-made medals.

Ten charities, including Linkage, will benefit from this year’s event organised by the Rotary Club of Lincoln Colonia and sponsored by Running Imp.

As previously reported, record levels of interest have been reported for the fun run, with only a few hundred places remaining.

Registration costs £10 and the easiest way to enter is via the Lincoln Santa Fun Run website.

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The money raised by Linkage will be used for the £250,000 Boultham Park Capital Appeal, which will provide match-funding for the £2.7 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund Parks for People initiative.

A new café and horticultural centre will be built, park features restored and the derelict coaching house converted into an education centre, in a joint venture by Linkage and the City of Lincoln Council.

Philip, a Linkage client, said: “I like the medal, which is big and reflects the 10th anniversary. I am really looking forward to my first Santa Fun Run and wearing the outfit, which should keep me warm.”

Boultham Park Lincoln

Boultham Park Lincoln

Verity, the Community Development Worker for the Boultham Park Restoration Project, added: “It looks like an exciting event and should raise lots of money for the park. Thank you to everyone who is taking part for Linkage and the other charities.”

To support Linkage, insert their name into the company field when applying and email to enter a prize draw for the chance of winning a luxury Christmas hamper.