IMAGES: Santas on the run at Stockeld Park

More than 380 Santas from across the Yorkshire region took part in a charity fun run on Sunday morning at Stockeld Park, near Wetherby, all in aid of local children’s hospice Martin House.

The annual event was declared a great success with more than £10,000 being raised for the Clifford-based hospice for children and young people with life-limiting illnesses.

Hundreds of Santa's set off on thier run after the warming up and head for the Enchanted Forest.

Hundreds of Santa's set off on thier run after the warming up and head for the Enchanted Forest.

Santas young and old jogged or walked the route through the Enchanted Forest, taking in the spectacular surroundings on a beautiful but freezing morning.

The run was preceded by an energetic warm up which got everyone limbered up and ready for the 5km run.

Santas could run as many or as few laps as they wanted through the forest before finishing and ending the run with a warm drink.

General manager, Amy Thornton, said: “It was an absolute pleasure for us to host the Santa Run at Stockeld Park and we’re delighted that the response to the event was so positive. 

“It was a fantastic morning and the site of so many Santas dashing through our Enchanted Forest was brilliant.”

Gemma Cross, events manager at the hospice at Martin House, said: “We would like to thank all of the people who took part and joined in the fun and all of the staff at Stockeld Park.

“We were thrilled to see so many Santas coming together to take part in the run and having such a great time.

“The money raised from the Santa Run is going to make a real difference to children with life-limiting conditions and their families in our local area. There is no cost to any of the families using our services. It costs over £4.9 million a year to provide this care, of which very little comes from statutory sources, the rest from voluntary donations and fundraising.”

Martin House opened its doors to children and their families in 1987, becoming only the second children’s hospice in the UK.

There are 15 bedrooms; nine in Martin House itself and six in the teenage unit. Each year it caters for around 340 children.