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Record-breaking Santa run for Shakespeare Hospice

A record number of Father Christmases descended on Stratford at the weekend for the Shakespeare Hospice Santa Fun Run.

The event saw 300 runners brave freezing temperatures for the 5km race, while reindeer, elves and dogs in Christmas coats were also spotted amongst the crowds.

At one point it was touch and go whether the run would go ahead, but as the sun broke out and began to melt the ice, organisers deemed the route safe whilst urging caution.

After enjoying a Clubbercise war up next to the bandstand on the Recreation Ground, the Santas began the course, passing the RSC, Holy Trinity Church and Lucy’s Mill, before returning for a second lap.

The run was won by 12-year-old Alex Adams, a junior member of Stratford Athletics Club, who sprinted around the course in a quick time, despite the conditions.

Annie Smith, Community Fundraiser at The Shakespeare Hospice said: “We are so grateful that so many runners turned up to take part in the race.

“We thought the conditions might affect numbers, but more Santas than ever entered the event. We’d like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to them for their support, and to all the volunteers who braved the cold and helped make it happen.”

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