GALLERY: Hundreds turn out for Telford Santa Fun Run

As Father Christmas prepares to fly around the world, hundreds of Santas turned out in Oswestry, Bridgnorth and Telford to take part in the Santa Fun Run

GALLERY: Hundreds turn out for Telford Santa Fun Run

About 200 took part in the annual Santa Fun Run in Telford Town Park to raise money for the Royal National Institute for the Blind and Guide Dogs UK.

In Oswestry, the Hope House Fun Run saw hundreds of people decked out in festive fancy dress to help raise funds for the hospice.

While in Bridgnorth, the town’s High Street was filled with festive cheer as market holders set up stall for the town’s Christmas market.

The market opened at 10am, with stall holders and shoppers pausing an hour later to watch as dozens of Santas ran through the town as part of the Bridgnorth Santa Dash.

It was organised by Bridgnorth Runners Club in aid of Shropshire Smile, to raise funds for maternity units across the county.

Chris Pettman, chairman of Friends of Telford Town Park, which organises the town’s Santa Fun Run, said it had been a record breaker.

Mr Pettman said: “This is our seventh year and it’s been a record breaking one in all sorts of ways. We’ve had a fantastic turn out, 198 people. We’ve already raised £2,500 and we are expecting more to come in in the new year when people have collected all their sponsorship.”

Tina Toni, a guide dog owner who walked around the course with her dog, Lottie, said: “It’s a really good event and we hope to raise a lot of money for the charities. We’ve had a lot of fun.”

In Oswestry, runners set off from the Lion Quays complex to tackle the one mile course after the event moved from the town centre, where it was held last year.

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