1001 Santas take to the streets of Ashby

Press release from the Rotary Club of Ashby de la Zouch Castle

Ashby Santa Run Breaks 2015 Record

Ashby de la Zouch found itself awash with Santa’s on Sunday December 4th as the 2016 Ashby Santa Fun Run & Walk completed a weekend of Christmas events in and around the town.

Following on from the success of the inaugural event in 2015 which saw 625 Santa’s enter the 3km Fun Run & Walk, the Ashby Castle Rotary Club organised event smashed through this number, achieving a staggering 1001 entries. This provided a phenomenal sight throughout Ashby as the Santa’s set off from the Bath Grounds at 11am and weaved their way around the town taking in some of Ashby’s finest sights.

The weather proved much kinder at this year’s event as bright sunshine and a crisp frost greeted the Santa’s as they started arriving on the Bath Grounds from 10am to the sounds of festive tunes from Ronnie Radar and the smell of bacon sandwiches from the catering van. The ‘real’ Rotary Club Santa was also present again to talk to young and old alike and was even able to make a very special entrance to this years event on the back of one of the National Brewery Centre’s vintage commercial vehicles, a change from his normal mode of transport! Fitness Republic, one of the events main sponsors again provided the fun warm up to a variety of Christmas tunes to get people up and ready for the Fun Run & Walk before the 1001 Santa’s took their place at the starting line.

The Fun Run & Walk set off at 11am as planned and was deemed to be a huge success as everybody completed the course with no problems and were greeted back on the Bath Grounds with a medal and refreshments courtesy of the event partners, Ashby Hastings Cricket Club.

Aside from providing a fantastic, fun event for all of the community, the other driving force was for Ashby Castle Rotary Club to raise much needed funds for local charities. This years main beneficiary was Hospice Hope who are working towards their aim of providing the one and only day care centre in North West Leicestershire. As they continue the refurbishment of their newly acquired property in Griffydam, the funding that the Rotary Club will be able to provide will help to assist in this and also other related running costs of the new premises.

Dale Warren from the Rotary Club of Ashby Castle said “We’ve had a fantastic day and the months of hard work to arrange an event of this magnitude was completely worth it to have the sight of over 1000 Santa’s stood on the Bath Grounds ready to set off. Again we’ve received amazing support from local residents in joining in this event with ages from very young babies right through to people in their 70’s, it really was quite a spectacle! Local businesses in and around the town and some of our other partners have provided fantastic support again in helping us to provide this event and we look forward to working with them all again for 2017’s event! Who knows how many Santa’s we can attract next year!”.

Final accounts are still being completed as sponsorship money continues to roll in to the event and the organising committee are hoping to release a final figure of what has been raised in January. People who have raised personal sponsorship are encouraged to pay this in at their earliest possibility with full details of how to do this online at www.ashbysantarun.com

Dale Warren, 07849 315474, dalewarren1982@btinternet.com


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