Scores of runners don Santa outfits for festive effort around Needham Lake

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Santa Run at Needham Lakes ANL-151220-131532009
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Nearly 130 runners donned Santa outfits for a festive run at Needham Lake - raising money for a local good cause.

They put their best foot forward for the Santa Run at the beauty spot, which was part of the Needham Lake Great Run Local.

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The event attracted 128 people and raised £198.71 in donations for the Stowmarket Saturday Club, which supports young people on the autistic spectrum.

The Needham Lake Great Run Local (GRL) has been running for just over a month and is aimed at beginner runners who can walk and jog the 2km course, progressing to 5km over time.

The GRL is funded through a partnership with Mid Suffolk District Council and Suffolk County Council.

Running coaches Bridget and Baz Goldstone co-ordinate the Needham Lake run on behalf of GRL.

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She said: “It was just a fantastic day - everyone really entered into the spirit of things.

“I feel so proud we’re getting this great fitness community together.

“People can run, jog or walk in a safe environment - there’s no pressure.”

“For the last six weeks we’ve averaged 80 people. For the Santa Run, we were hoping we would get 100 people and to register 128 was really fantastic.”

The Needham Lake Great Run Local is every Sunday at 9.30am.

To register, visit www.greatrunlocal.org

Runners get a free wristband that logs their progress helping them strive for improvement week on week.