Santas, elves, and reindeer brave the rain and mud to canter around Letchworth

PUBLISHED: 13:35 03 December 2018 | UPDATED: 13:36 03 December 2018

Letchworth Santa Canta 5k: There was festive-themed fancy dress aplenty at the annual run, which this year was in aid of Tracks Autism. Picture: James Walsh

Letchworth Santa Canta 5k: There was festive-themed fancy dress aplenty at the annual run, which this year was in aid of Tracks Autism. Picture: James Walsh

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Runners raised £602 for a Stevenage-based charity at the annual Santa Canta 5k run on Letchworth’s Norton Common.

Runners in action at the 2018 Santa Canta 5k. Picture: James WalshRunners in action at the 2018 Santa Canta 5k. Picture: James Walsh

Despite damp conditions and muddy conditions underfoot, runners got into the Christmas spirit in style – with many turning out dressed as Father Christmas, elves, reindeer and fairies.

Before and after tackling the two-lap course on Saturday morning, the runners filled collection tins for Tracks Autism, wich has an early years centre for children with autism and related conditions in Stevenage.

Letchworth Santa Canta 5k: Carole Sheldrick and Caroline Croft in their Santa outfits, complete with tinsel! Picture: James WalshLetchworth Santa Canta 5k: Carole Sheldrick and Caroline Croft in their Santa outfits, complete with tinsel! Picture: James Walsh

Tracks is one of the charities supported by the event organisers, Letchworth-based North Herts Road Runners.

Barbara Sullivan from Tracks Autism said: “A massive thank you to all those who gave so generously. You all looked fantastic and together raised an amazing £602 for Tracks. Thank you so much to NHRR and all the helpers for putting on such a great community event.”

Letchworth Santa Canta 5k: Cara Sutton won one of the 'best outfit' prizes alongside her four-year-old daughter Beth. Picture: James WalshLetchworth Santa Canta 5k: Cara Sutton won one of the 'best outfit' prizes alongside her four-year-old daughter Beth. Picture: James Walsh

Richard Harbon, NHRR’s event director, said: “Thank you to everyone who braved the rain and mud, donned their fancy dress and ran this morning. Well done, one and all!”

Cara Sutton, who won one of the ‘best outfit’ prizes with her four-year-old daughter Beth, added: “My four-year-old loved it. She’s been waiting for this race for four months and she certainly wasn’t disappointed. It also helped that she won a huge box of chocolates!”

Letchworth Santa Canta 5k: Prize winner Jennie Freer wheeled her daughters Tilly and Erin around the course in a Christmas-themed pushchair. Picture: James WalshLetchworth Santa Canta 5k: Prize winner Jennie Freer wheeled her daughters Tilly and Erin around the course in a Christmas-themed pushchair. Picture: James Walsh

Another prize winner was Jennie Freer, who showed great determination to wheel her daughters Tilly and Erin around the muddy 5k course in their Christmas-themed pushchair.

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