Runners don colourful costumes for festive effort around Needham Lake

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Santa and Panto Run at Needham Lake ANL-161218-190938009

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Santas, elves, panto characters, shepherds and even reindeer went the extra mile for a festive themed run in aid of a good cause.

More than 200 runners donned colourful costumes and took on 2k or 5k around Needham Lake, near Needham Market.

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Santa and Panto Run at Needham Lake ANL-161218-190852009

It was a yuletide spin on the Great Run Local Needham Lake group’s weekly Sunday morning efforts - organised by husband and wife Baz and Bridget Goldstone.

The colourful activity also raised more than £130 towards the group’s fund-raising to install a defibrillator at Needham Lake.

Mr Goldstone, who was dressed as one of Cinderella’s ugly sisters with fellow runner Garry Bowers, said: “There was a really good spirit and lots of people joined in.

“We had 126 in the 2k and 85 in the 5k. Then there were about 50 others who were watching us with much amusement.”

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More than 60 children also took part in the run, which Mr Goldstone said was ‘fantastic’.

“To get them away from their iphones and computers is just lovely and the look on their faces when they finish is so nice - great big beaming smiles,” he said.

The free Great Run Local groups meet across the country and Mr Goldstone said Needham Lake is the biggest, attracting an average of 200 people every week.

It meets every Sunday at 9.30am at the Warden’s Hut.

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A Christmas Day run will be held at 8.30am as well as one on New Year’s Day at 9.30am.

For more details, visit www.greatrunlocal.org

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