Runners take to Southsea seafront in Santa suits

HO HO HO Fun run Santas last year
HO HO HO Fun run Santas last year
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THERE’S still time to join the sea of Santas that will hit Southsea beach on Sunday.

More than 1,600 people have signed up to take part in the festive fun run, in aid of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

Runners can choose between the 5k family run or the 10k adult run – and they even get to keep their Santa suit.

After finishing the race, the runners receive a medal which doubles up as a Christmas tree bauble, as well as a mince pie and hot drink.

One of the organisers, Rob Piggot, said: ‘It’s all about having fun and bringing cheer to the seafront.

‘It’s a fascinating thing to see so many Santas on the beach – it’s great fun and everyone gets into the spirit of it. And it raises a lot of money for the RNLI, which is the most important thing.’

Those taking part in the 10k will leave from South Parade Pier at 10.50am on Sunday and runners in the 5k will leave at 11am, also from the pier.

Registration can be done on the day, but in order to guarantee a place people are advised to go to Alexandra Sports, in Gladys Avenue, North End. Registration for 5k costs £12 and 10k costs £14. Prices might vary on the day.

There will be prizes for the best-dressed Santa and anyone wishing to donate to the RNLI can do so via text.

Those who text will also be entered into a prize draw for a Christmas hamper.