SANTA may be used to the Arctic, but 200- plus of them decided a downpour in the middle of Bury St Edmunds wasn’t on and hurriedly took shelter in The Apex at the start of this year’s annual Santa Run.
But happily the weather cleared and they emerged and provided a fantastic Christmas spectacle for the town.
Some 255 people signed up to don Santa suits and run through Bury St Edmunds on Sunday to raise vital funds for the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (Each).
This year, the Santas have raised sponsorship pledges of £9,000 which the charity hopes will top the £10,000 mark.
After a warm-up with Craig Turner, from Bury Leisure Centre, the event began.
Led by Al’s Jazzers Band they paraded down Abbeygate Street to the Abbey Gate, where Hannah Bloom, partnership manager for Suffolk Each, sounded the klaxon and Santas were off through the Abbey Gardens, across Mustow Street, up Looms Lane into Brentgovel Street and finally back into the arc to be met by cheering crowds and rewarded with mince pies donated by Waitrose.
The largest team of runners was 15 strong from chartered accountants, Whiting and Partners ,with the event sponsors Knights Lowe fielding 13 plus dogs and toddlers.
Nikki Brown, fund-raiser for West Suffolk, said: “It went fantastically. We couldn’t have had so many without the support of the Bury Free Press and a big thankyou to all our sponsors, volunteers and everyone who ran.”