PHOTOS: Barnoldswick Santa Dash 2014

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Almost 300 Santas dashed through the streets of Barnoldswick on Sunday as more than £4,000 was raised for a West Craven cancer charity.

Folk flocked to West Craven Sports centre on a freezing cold morning to don their Father Christmas costumes and complete the 5km course for the Bosom Friends cancer support group.

Photo Ian Robinson'Bosom Friends cancer charity support group's 5km Santa Fun Run in Barnoldswick

Photo Ian Robinson'Bosom Friends cancer charity support group's 5km Santa Fun Run in Barnoldswick

Starting at the Kelbrook Road sports centre were a total of 281, and the route took the scarlet-clad Santas down to the canal towpath heading towards Salterforth, before returning up Kelbrook Road and through the streets of Barnoldswick for the finish at a festive Town Square.

There, a group of brave spectators greeted the hardy finishers as each was presented with a medal and warming brew to thaw out from the biting cold.

Taking part in the fun run were children aged five up to adults aged 75, and first home was Tom Brewster in a new record time of 17-and-a-half minutes.

Fun run organiser Sharon Hurst said: “It was very good considering the weather was awful first off, but it came out well in the end.

“It was great to see the enthusiasm and determination on the faces of the little ones. We had a good mix of ages taking part, some running and some walking.

“It’s fantastic, it just shows the community spirit we have in Barnoldswick that brings us all together.

“At the moment, we have raised just over £4,000 but with sponsorship forms coming in I would like to think we could match or even better last year’s total of £7,500.

“It’s a brilliant amount regardless and will provide much needed support for those suffering with cancer and their families in Pendle, Craven and the Ribble Valley.

“I would like to thank all the businesses which supported the run and all the volunteers for their help. Without them, there would be no event.”