A SEA of red washed over Southsea as hundreds of people ran, jogged and walked in Santa costumes for a worthy cause.
Organisers of the fifth RNLI Santa Family 5k and 10k Fun Runs say a record number of runners took part in the challenge along Portsmouth seafront at the weekend.
A total of 2,000 entered and between £4,000 and £5,000 was raised for The RNLI – which also sets an all-time record. The charity helps to save people’s lives at sea.
Becky Herbert, 41, of Elizabeth Gardens, Southsea, and her daughter Poppy, nine, enjoyed taking part with Becky’s friend Carol Clark, 40, and her daughter Emily, nine.
Emily and Poppy are pupils at Portsmouth Grammar School.
Becky said: ‘We saw this as a great bit of fun and an opportunity to get in the Christmas spirit.
‘It’s a great challenge for the kids. I’m proud of Poppy and Emily because they ran the whole way.’
Runners were treated to mince pies at the end of the races.
The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Councillor Frank Jonas also turned out to show his support. This event just keeps getting bigger and bigger,’ he said.
‘The atmosphere has been so friendly.
‘It’s so important that we continue supporting The RNLI. We’re a city which is surrounded by water.’ Race director Rob Diggot, who is a fitness instructor for The RNLI, said: ‘It’s been fantastic and we’ve seen record numbers this year.’