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Runners brave the rain at festive themed Great Run Local Needham Lake

Nearly 200 runners donned festive fancy dress and braved the rain for an annual Christmas tradition at Needham Lake.

Elves and Santas aplenty took on a 5k or 2k route during the Great Run Local Needham Lake event on Sunday.

Scott Keable, who is on the co-ordination team, said: “Everybody was in great spirits despite the rain.

“We had a gazebo set up with mince pies, chocolates and sweets for the children.”

Festive themed Needham Lake Great Run Local. Picture: Mecha Morton.
Festive themed Needham Lake Great Run Local. Picture: Mecha Morton.

The weekly Sunday morning run, which starts at 9.30am, attracts participants of all ages from toddlers to those aged in their 80s.

Scott, of Stowmarket, said: “It’s a real family effort.

“There’s no pressure on the people so it doesn’t matter whether you’re a good runner, if you can’t run or have never run before.

“All levels are catered for. You just go as slow or as quick as you want.

“It’s like a little community who get together every Sunday and run at our own pace and have fun doing it.

“We had a couple turn up today from Southend and they said they come up every year at Christmas.”

Scott is on the co-ordination team with his wife Kim as well as Jenny Reason, Gill and Kerry Charlton and Louise Lowne.

For more information on Great Run Local activities, visit www.greatrunlocal.org/events

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