Thousands bring a little festive cheer to Santa fun run

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SANTAS in red, pink, blue and green, lined up along the seafront in Portsmouth for a charity run.

The sixth Santa Run took place yesterday, with a record 2,000 adults and children taking part.

The Portsmouth RNLI Santa Fun Run 2013.   Picture: Paul Jacobs  (133506-30)

The Portsmouth RNLI Santa Fun Run 2013. Picture: Paul Jacobs (133506-30)

The annual event, which starts and finishes near South Parade Pier, raises money for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

Jenny Winfield, of The Ridgeway, Fareham, took part with her husband Paul, 51, son Craig, 19, and nephews Thomas, 10, and Jacob, eight.

She said: ‘We knew someone who took part last year and they said it was fun, so we decided to give it a go.

‘We did the 5km run as we had the kids and finished it in about half an hour. It was a good route along the seafront.’

Runners could pick from a 5km course, which went down Clarence Esplanade and back, or a 10km route, which featured running up to Ferry Road in Eastney, and back.

Crowds were warmed up by samba and reggae music group Batala, who played the drums.

Karen Brazier, 45, of Maureens Way, Southsea, ran with her husband Kevin, 49, and daughters Amy, 10, and Lucy, eight.

She said: ‘I did it with my friend last year, and the girls said they wanted to take part, so this year we went as a family. It’s fun, gets you into the Christmas spirit, and is a great way to support a good cause.’

The event is organised by Rob Piggott, who said he was pleased with how it went.

He said: ‘Despite it being wet and windy, we had a record number of people sign up and come along to the run.

‘In the first year there was 250 people, so each year it’s growing.

‘It was great to see the different coloured Santa outfits.

‘We’re looking to raise £3,500 from the run.

The Santa Run in pictures

More than 300 photos are available to buy here - click the RNLI Fun Run link at the top of the galleries section