Santa Run to take place in South Shields

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The Christmas spirit will be alive and kicking when a group of Santas take to the seafront for the annual festive fun run.

Fitness enthusiast Luke Adams last year introduced the Christmas spectacle into his monthly mile programme.

It’s such a great atmosphere on the night and a great way to round off our last monthly mile of the year.

Luke Adams

The event saw more than 70 people dressed as their favourite festive character to run, walk or jog the route along Sea Road and Bents Park Road.

This year’s Santa Fun Run will take place on Tuesday and is open to anyone – however, those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Mr Adams, 27, said: “It’s just a bit of fun to get people involved. We held one last year and a lot of those who took part ended up joining the monthly mile event or used it as their first step to taking up running.

“It’s such a great atmosphere on the night and a great way to round off our last monthly mile of the year.

“A lot people do come dressed up on the night. People can either wear the full Santa outfit, a Christmas jumper or a Santa hat – and it is something families can do together.”

The monthly mile attracts about 70 people to the seafront each month to take part in the timed one-mile course.

It is open to people of all abilities, with two groups – one for beginners and one for those more advanced.

Those wishing to take part are asked to meet at the Sand Dancer pub for 6.30pm to be registered.

The first run will start at 7pm with the more advanced runners starting at about 7.15pm.Entry is £2.50 per runner, youngsters are £2, which includes an adult supervisor.

The route takes participants up to the New Crown roundabout, down Bents Park Road to the Sundial, and back to the Sand Dancer.

For information on the monthly mile, or any other events run by Mr Adams, visit the monthly mile facebook page or visit http://runeatsleep.co.uk/