Danwood Lincoln Santa Fun Run prepares for entrants

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Entries to the 2014 Danwood Santa Fun Run & Walk will officially open on Tuesday, September 30, with a record-breaking 2,500 Santa’s expected to take part.

This year’s event, which promises to be the biggest fundraiser yet, will see thousands of red and white bearded participants leave Lincoln Castle grounds at 11.30am on Sunday, December 14, and continue on a lap of the historic uphill area of the city.

After two laps of the course, the runners will finish back at the castle to be awarded with a spacial medal.

The event will raise money for Lincolnshire charities Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance, L.I.V.E.S., Candles, Samaritans (Lincoln), Linkage Community Trust and Rotary Charities.

Photo: Linkage

Photo: Linkage

People wishing to take part can apply online by visiting the event’s official website.

Entries have been frozen at £10 for adults and £5 for children under 5, with everyone taking part getting their very own Santa suit to keep free of charge.

The 2013 Santa Run raised £81,096 for charity, and this year organisers are confident that Lincoln’s Santas can raise even more.

Race Director Chris Illsley said: “This year we have set everyone taking part the challenge to see if they can raise £20.14 in sponsorship money. If everyone can raise this relatively small amount, we will hit our fundraising target and make a wonderful difference to these very important local charities.”

Philip Barnatt, Chairman of the Boultham Park Capital Appeal, added: “I’m thrilled that Linkage can benefit from the biggest festive fun run for the first time. There are plenty of people who run in the Park on a Saturday with the highly-successful parkrun, so hopefully they can be persuaded to switch to wearing a red outfit on the Sunday. I know this is an exciting event and I’m looking forward to making my debut.”

See our gallery and videos of the 2013 Santa Fun Run, Walk, and Doggy Dash.