A record 2,500 Santas flowed through the streets of uphill Lincoln on Sunday, December 13 for the city’s 10th annual charity Santa Fun Run and Walk.
Joined by plenty of festively dressed pooches, the Santas joined together in a sea of red and white to complete the course in the Cathedral Quarter.
Those who completed the run charged through the finish line at Lincoln Castle and were presented with specially created medals for the event’s 10th anniversary.
The 2014 Santa Run raised a record-breaking £83,681 for charity, and this year organisers are hoping to raise £100,000 to commemorate the anniversary.
Organisers from the Rotary Club of Lincoln Colonia attended alongside the Mayor of Lincoln and representatives from the official event charities.
This year’s charities are: Alzheimers Society, Candles, Ethan Maull ‘Up Yours To Cancer’, Linkage Community Trust, L.I.V.E.S, Matt’s Fund, Samaritans Lincoln, St Andrew’s Hospice, Umbrellas and Local Rotary Charities.
Among teams participating was ‘Team Linkage’, with the money raised from the run going to the charity’s £250,000 Boultham Park Capital Appeal.
Almost 100 people supported Linkage in the race. They ranged from care workers to trustees, students and clients and could be spotted in the crowds with their purple balloons and sashes.
Communications and PR Manager Tony Barker, who was the first one back for Linkage, says: “It was a brilliant day for us and well done to everyone who took part for all the charities.
“The public were very generous en route. Some of my colleagues said they felt it was more enjoyable to walk round the route but I was determined to run and, with safety pins in the right places, my outfit stayed intact throughout, which was a first!”
The event was a precursor to the launch of Linkage’s 40th anniversary celebrations in 2016, which includes the return of the Lincoln Flume in July.
Dotted between the runners in red was also a team of around 80 blue Santas. They were the team from local charity Lincs2Nepal and they were spreading the word about their fundraising.