Hundreds of Santas take part in fun run for Saint Francis Hospice

PUBLISHED: 17:15 26 March 2018 | UPDATED: 17:15 26 March 2018

Santathon 5k Fun Run, from Dagenham and Redbridge football ground.

Santathon 5k Fun Run, from Dagenham and Redbridge football ground.


Christmas may be a long-distant memory for most, but that didn’t stop hundreds of Santas taking to the streets this weekend.

The festive 5km fun run was organised to raise money for Saint Francis Hospice, with the unseasonal timing a result of the original December date having to be postponed due to snow and ice.

Thankfully, the weather stayed dry for Sunday’s rescheduled race, which saw participants set off from Dagenham and Redbridge’s ground to pound the streets before returning and collecting a medal.

And if raising money for a good cause wasn’t enough motivation, the runners were sent on their way by former West Ham and England footballer Sir Trevor Brooking.

Sarah Williamson, head of corporate, community and fundraising at the Havering-atte-Bower hospice, said:

“Watching 400 Santas run through the streets of Dagenham is always a spectacular sight to behold.”

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