WATCH: Santa Run gets milers in festive spirit

FUN RUNNERS got into the festive spirit with almost 100 Santas hitting the road in South Tyneside.

Adults and children donned the famous red suit to take part in the Monthly Mile event along South Shields sea front.

AT THE READY ... lining up before the start of the race.

AT THE READY ... lining up before the start of the race.

Every month the event attracts around 70 people, however, the December run numbers were boosted by those looking to be part of what organiser Luke Adams hopes will be an annual festive spectacle.

Mr Adams first launched his monthly mile event in January, and sees adults and youngsters run a one mile course from Sea Road, along Bents Park Road, finishing just past the Rattler pub.

The 26-year-old from Chichester, South Shields, said: “It is just great fun and we have had a great turnout for our first Santa Run.

“Everyone has really enjoyed it and it was great to see loads of people dressed up.

“I thought people would just wear a hat, but people have gone out and bought full-on Santa suits – it’s just brilliant.”

He added: “When I started this in January I never thought it would grow into something so big, so seeing images like this – it really is brilliant.

“Hopefully it will just get even bigger and better.

“I’d just like to say thank you to all our volunteers and to the staff at the Sand Dancer pub who make us feel welcome.”

Despite the cold weather, runners of all ages enjoyed their monthly mile run.

Iain Wilson, from South Shields, was taking part in his first event.

He said: “It’s been a good laugh. It was my first one and I’ll probably come back again in January for the next one.”

Anna Irwin, who dressed as a reindeer along with friend Rachel Little to take part in the run, said: “Yeah I’d definitely consider coming back to take part in next month’s run.

“It was good fun and it was good to see young people doing it as well.”

The night saw members of the Cruse Crew take part in the event after organisers decided to chose Cruse Bereavement Care Tyneside to benefit from monies raised on the night through donations.

The Cruse Crew are a group made up of families from South Tyneside who are raising funds for the charity to enable them to bring it’s children and young people’s bereavement support service to a base in South Tyneside.

Currently families needing to access the service have to travel to Newcastle.

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