Pictures and video: Santas take to Bideford for fun run

Bideford Santa Fun Run 2013.

Bideford Santa Fun Run 2013. - Credit: Archant

All the action from the Santa Fun Run for the Children’s Hospice South West in Bideford today (Sun).

Wayne Harris and Nick Bryant leap into first place.

Wayne Harris and Nick Bryant leap into first place. - Credit: Archant

DOZENS of Santas pounded the pavements in Bideford this afternoon (Sun) in the first festive fun run in the town.

'The Three Bs' at the Santa Fun Run in Bideford.

'The Three Bs' at the Santa Fun Run in Bideford. - Credit: Archant

The 2km event, organised by the Children’s Hospice South West, had more than 150 entries both young and old.

The Father Christmases began the afternoon with a dance warm up, before setting off from the start line on the Quay.

After two laps of Victoria Park, the first two to the finish line arrived back in little more than 10 minutes.

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Nick Bryant, 25, and Wayne Harris, 30, leapt over the finish line in first place, minutes ahead of the competition.

Wayne said: “I didn’t expect to do so well when we entered.”

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The rest of the troupe weren’t far behind, with the rear brought up by Lucy Dyer and her two children Sydney, aged two, and Morgan, aged five.

Marie Tippet, of the Children’s Hospice, said the event had been a great success.

“We will definitely be running it again next year, and it can only get bigger and better,” she said.

The fun continues this afternoon with the big Christmas light switch on at 5pm, reindeer parade at 5.30pm and firework display at 6.30pm.

To see more photographs from the Santa Fun Run click the galleries on the right of the page.

Check back for more photos and videos from the event later on.

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