Fun for families in South Yorkshire Santa park dashes

Meresbrook Park Santa Dash raising funds for Meresbrook Park Walled Garden
Meresbrook Park Santa Dash raising funds for Meresbrook Park Walled Garden
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A SEA of Santas dashed through parks to raise charity cash in the countdown to Christmas.

Walkers were wowed by crowds of festive characters at Meersbrook Park in Sheffield and Rother Valley Country Park over the weekend.

Around 100 people turned out to the event which started at Meersbrook Park’s walled garden on Sunday.

Kaktus Leach, treasurer of the Meersbrook Park Users Trust, said: “We raised £200 but the object was more to get people into the garden.

“I think there were 100 people and the route passed various sites in the park which we have developed.”

Money raised at Meersbrook will go towards children’s activities in, and the upkeep of, the walled garden.

The efforts of red suit-sporting runners at Rother Valley Country Park raised £1,459 for Sheffield Children’s Hospital and Weston Park Cancer Hospital.

John Marsh, manager of The Co-operative petrol station in Aston, organised the 5K event. He said: “There were 20 Santas who braved the bitter cold. Runners ranged in age from eight to 60.

“Winner Josh Martin passed the finish line after 21 minutes.”

Three Santa dashes will take place in Sheffield this Sunday, December 9.

The Sheffield Santa Jog for the British Heart Foundation, a one-mile route starting in Tudor Square in the city centre, begins at 11am. Visit British Heart Foundation to register.

A run in aid of children’s cancer charity Amy’s Retreat starts at Weston Park at 1pm. Email santa5k2012@hotmail.com for more details.

And a 2K dash for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice takes place at Beighton Welfare Recreation Ground, High Street, Beighton, from 2pm. Call 01909 517362 to sign up.