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Thatcham Rotary Club brings Santa fun run back to town

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Santas will be sprinting again this year as Thatcham Rotary Club's Santa Fun Run comes back to town.

Fetch the Santa hats and running boots for the family friendly festive 5km run returns on December 5.

Beginning at Thatcham Broadway, the runners will be assembled at 10.45am ready for an 11am start.

Thatcham Santa Fun Run (52909304)
Thatcham Santa Fun Run (52909304)

Coronavirus measures have been put in place and the race will be staggered, with all runners assembled into groups in order to keep safety a top priority.

Rotarian Bob Champion said: “It’s exciting to have the event back, we believe we can do it in a way which is safe, we ask people to take precautions.

“It will be great to see a larger amount of Santas again.

“It creates a nice atmosphere, people enjoying themselves, dressed up. The community enjoy it and we raise money for charity.”

With 2019 seeing around 160 runners take on the challenge, Mr Champion is optimistic about the event's return, noting that there once was a total of 200 Santas taking part.

Thatcham Rotary is encouraging participants to consider raising sponsorship for a charity or good cause they wish to support.

If participants let the team know how much they raise, their entry fee, of £10, will be added to the amount they raised.

Mr Champion said: “Small charities have had a hard time, their fundraising events have not been able to take place.

“This is an opportunity for people to raise money for their own charities. To help with this, we are offering to give back the entry fee, to help them help their charities.”

McCarthy Stone have agreed to sponsor this year’s run with three members of staff, based at the new retirement home in Thatcham, taking part in the race.

Santa suits can be collected prior to the event.

This year there will be no sign up on the day; registration must be in advance on the Thatcham Rotary website at www.thatchamrotary.org.uk

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