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250 Santas join in

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: December 25, 2013

FESTIVE FUN:   Judy Pride of CHSW with a group of Santas holding their medals after completing the Launceston run.

FESTIVE FUN: Judy Pride of CHSW with a group of Santas holding their medals after completing the Launceston run.

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A DRIZZLY Sunday morning was brightened up when Launceston saw nearly 250 people don their Santa suits and run 2km around the town to raise £4,500 in aid of Children's Hospice South West (CHSW).

It was the first Santas on the Run fun run in Launceston and the town square was filled with festive songs from Launceston Junior Infants School choir and lively music from the school samba band.

The square filled up with friends, colleagues and families including dogs, and babies, and after a warm-up by Matt Luxton of FA Fitness and a countdown, the Santas ran the circular route from the Square, up Windmill Hill, through Coronation Park, down Race Hill, through Southgate Arch, along Castle Street and through the Castle grounds, finishing back at the Town Square.

They were greeted with a medal and festive treat. Launceston's town crier Rob Tremain announced that the Santas had pledged more than £4,500 in sponsorship.

Events fundraiser Sarah Stott from CHSW said: "We are delighted with the success of the first ever Santas on the Run in Launceston."

She thanked everyone who volunteered to help.

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