PICTURES: Sea of red at Rotary Santa Fun Run in Skegness

Skegness Santa Run. Photo: John Aron. ANL-181012-114537001
Skegness Santa Run. Photo: John Aron. ANL-181012-114537001

Hundreds of people turned the promenade in Skegness into sea of red for the 11th annual Santa Fun Run and Walk.

The annual charity event organised by the local Rotary Club attracted families, running clubs - and many dog walkers.

Skegness Santa Run. Photo: John Aron ANL-181012-115355001

Skegness Santa Run. Photo: John Aron ANL-181012-115355001

Competitors were given a Santa suit to run or walk a 5k course along the sea front, raising around £5,000 through fees and sponsorship for local charities and the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.

The Skegness RNLI hosted the event and competitors gathered in the lifeboat station beforehand for a warm-up led by Fitness First.

Deputy Mayor of Skegness Coun Maggie Gray started the run and the Jolly Fisherman was also there to cheer the competitors on.

Bob Field, secretary of the Skegness Rotary Club branch, was delighted with the turnout.

It was great to see all the families - one had four generations taking part.

Bob Field, secretary of the Skegness Rotary Club

“It was a fantastic day and lovely weather after the rain and heavy winds during the week,” said Bob. “This is our 11th year and we are always well-supported by the town.

“It was great to see all the families - one had four generations taking part. But we even had people taking part from as far away as Nottingham.

“We are grateful to the RNLI for hosting it and Fresh Fitness, one of our sponsors, for leading the warm-up.”

One of the dog walkers was raising awareness for MuttsnMischief Doggy Day Care. Claire Elvin was walking with her dog Riff Raff and said, “This is a great event for walking dogs - Riff Raff has been very excited. I’m raising awareness for the fundraising our group is doing to provide four extremely discounted doggy day care places for the elderly and disabled who may have a hospital or doctor’s appointment and need help looking after their pets, which can be very expensive. Our fundraising events are posted on our Facebook page.”

Skegness Santa Run. Photo: John Aron ANL-181012-115326001

Skegness Santa Run. Photo: John Aron ANL-181012-115326001

The Rotary Club of Skegness are now planning a charity swim marathon at the Richmond Leisure Centre in February next year. Follow the Rotary Facebook page for more details as they become available.

Skegness Santa Run. Photo: John Aron ANL-181012-115526001

Skegness Santa Run. Photo: John Aron ANL-181012-115526001

Madeleine Cusson age 5, Skye Cussons age 11 Jonathan Cussons and Debbie Cussons at Skegness Santa Run. Photo: John Aron ANL-181012-115228001

Madeleine Cusson age 5, Skye Cussons age 11 Jonathan Cussons and Debbie Cussons at Skegness Santa Run. Photo: John Aron ANL-181012-115228001

Skegness Santa Run. Photo: John Aron. ANL-181012-111545001

Skegness Santa Run. Photo: John Aron. ANL-181012-111545001

Grandad Clif Abbott, Lynne Tobbs, Samatha Flanagan and Ava Mae Flanagan 8m at Skegness Santa Run. Photo: John Aron ANL-181012-115115001

Grandad Clif Abbott, Lynne Tobbs, Samatha Flanagan and Ava Mae Flanagan 8m at Skegness Santa Run. Photo: John Aron ANL-181012-115115001

The Jolly Fisherman at Skegness Santa Run. Photo: John Aron ANL-181012-115128001

The Jolly Fisherman at Skegness Santa Run. Photo: John Aron ANL-181012-115128001

Karly Evison, Suzy Wain, Feya Evison age 7 and Millie Wain age 7 and Buddy (dog) at Skegness Santa Run. Photo: John Aron ANL-181012-114148001

Karly Evison, Suzy Wain, Feya Evison age 7 and Millie Wain age 7 and Buddy (dog) at Skegness Santa Run. Photo: John Aron ANL-181012-114148001

Bryn Foxton and Alan Haywood and Riley (dog) at Skegness Santa Run. Photo: John Aron ANL-181012-111417001

Bryn Foxton and Alan Haywood and Riley (dog) at Skegness Santa Run. Photo: John Aron ANL-181012-111417001

Oliver Lemoine age 14, Luke Lemoine age 11 and Julia Lemoine at Skegness Santa Run. Photo: John Aron ANL-181012-115156001

Oliver Lemoine age 14, Luke Lemoine age 11 and Julia Lemoine at Skegness Santa Run. Photo: John Aron ANL-181012-115156001