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Over 2000 Santas take over Lincoln

By Reportergrace  |  Posted: December 15, 2013

  • John and Sarah Ruddock with their medals

  • Some young Santas taking part

  • An aerial shot of the Santa Fun Run (Kurnia Aerial Photography and Video)

  • (Kurnia Aerial Photography and Video)

  • The start line at the Castle (Kurnia Aerial Photography and Video)

  • Race to the finish

  • Santas pass through Castle Square at the start

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2,200 Father Christmases took over Lincoln today for the annual Santa Fun Run.

The event, which is organised by the city's Rotary Club, sees entrants complete a 3km course around the Cathedral Quarter area.

The race attracted runners of all ages, some pushing prams and carrying babies.

And this year, competitors were joined for the first time by canine entrants in the Danwood Doggy Dash.

Local dog rescue charity Jerry Green set up a special start and finish line for the dogs and their owners, and the group set off separately from the main body of runners.

The hounds were displaying impressive festive fancy dress costumes and a prize was even awarded for the best-dressed dog.

Free treats and water were provided by the charity for thirsty pets at the end of the course.

"We were invited to come by the Rotary and we jumped at the chance - we're even giving out gluten-free dog treats!" said Jerry Green's Catherine Foster.

"There are some amazing outfits today, and the turn-out has been great. Our stand is offering water, food and even poo bags - we have everything a dog owner could need!

"More and more people have been bringing their dogs over the years so to have a special start for them is great."

There are currently 160 homeless dogs in the charity's care, and money raised at the Doggy Dash will go towards providing them with food, warmth and toys this Christmas.

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