Santa Claus was running to town in Cleethorpes last weekend in the shape of 650 red-suited entrants who put their best foot forward for charity. They ran in daylight or in the dark for Operation Christmas Child.
Runners young and old were in high (and festive spirits) at the Cleethorpes Santa Stride, organised by Tape2Tape Events. Walk, jog, run or push a buggy, the emphasis was on having fun rather than hitting a PB in the build up to the Big Day. There was a choice of 2.5k or 4k routes and an afternoon/night run – or the option to do both and receive two different medals. The afternoon Stride started at 2.30pm and the night Stride at 4.15pm with a head torch and high-vis clothing, glow sticks or fairy lights required for the latter.
A giant inflatable Santa and seasonal race arch set the scene along with the snow machine, illuminations, music and bands on a dry, sunny day in Cleethorpes. There was a warm up by the events team 15 minutes before the start that got everyone in the Christmas mood and ready for the off outside the Discovery Centre.
The colourful field followed a flat route around the Lakeside apart from a few small speed humps and a short rough section before finishing back at the centre. There were medals for the finishers along with hot drinks and mince pies.
The organisers thanked the Cleethorpes Discovery Centre, the volunteers, singer Hudson Lewis and the Cleethorpes Band. And, a final ‘thank you’ to everyone who took part and donated shoe box items to their chosen charity.
Image courtesy of Cleethorpes Rotary.