Santa fun run delivers a sack full of cash for charity

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Four hundred Santas took to the start line in a dash to raise thousands of pounds for a West Craven charity.

Breaking all records, the third Santa run saw more Santas than ever before take to the streets and at the last count, over £7,000 has been raised for the Bosom Friends charity with more money still to come in.

Runners set off on the 5km Santa Dash.

Runners set off on the 5km Santa Dash.

The first runner back in approximately 19 minutes was 12-year-old Harry Clark who plays football for Barnoldswick Town Juniors.

The Santa run was sponsored by many local businesses including Petty’s whose very own Aaron Tunbridge crossed the line in the top 100 places.

Simon Morgan from Petty’s said: “Despite only being in its third year, the Santa run has become the race that really kick starts the festivities in Barnoldswick and it was great to be a part of.

“Petty’s are ardent supporters of local charities and community events and this combined both perfectly.

“It was great to see supporters of all ages come out in support, donning their costumes with pride to raise funds that exceeded all expectations.”

The Santa run began with a warm up session at West Craven High School before taking to the streets in a 5km route to the finish line in Barnoldswick Town Square where each runner received a medal and a mince pie.

Sharon Hurst, Events Manager for the Santa Fun Run on behalf of Bosom Friends added: “I am totally overwhelmed at how many Santas we received considering the horrendous weather we had experienced up to the event.

“I would like to take this opportunity to say a very big thank you to every one of the Santas who came and participated this year and also a very big thank you to all the businesses who also sponsored this event and to everyone who volunteered their time in the run up and on the day to help; without their amazing support this event would not be possible.

“Organising an event like this is hard work and takes months to prepare but when it all comes together like it did it makes every bit of it worthwhile especially for a local charity like Bosom Friends.

“If anyone has any sponsorship money to collect please do so and hand it in as soon as possible please at The Bosom Friends shop or Petty’s.

“Once again a massive thank you from me and all the Trustees at Bosom Friends. A charity that is proud to be local and unique.”