Santa's Fun Run December 2013
243 Santas ran this year! Many raised over £100 each for their chosen charities.
247 Santas ran this year! Many raised over £100 each for their chosen charities.
Santa's Fun Run 9th December 2013 This year the day of the Santa Fun Run arrived and for once the weather was just about perfect for the event. We had a growing crowd of red-suited runners registering in the official tent from 10.00am onwards and processed around 40 entries on the day in addition to those who had already sent their entry forms and payments prior to Sunday. Secretary Bob was happy to report with five minutes to go to the start that he had just three numbers left from the allotted 250, so 247 people of all ages leapt into action when the Panto Stars and the Mayor together sounded the starting horns at 10.30am
The ranks of Santas this year were swelled by over fifty entries from students and teachers from Skegness Academy who took part to raise money for their own supported charity, Team Smith and competed for their school trophies as part of the event. More than thirty entries were also received from the Skegness Grammar School and it’s boarding house students who also raised significant amounts of sponsorship for the same Charity. Our congratulation s go to all students for their sporting successes. Many other groups, clubs and societies were also represented raising funds for their own worthy causes and the local charities supported by Skegness Rotary
Santa's Fun Run 9th December 2013 Thanks go to the Lifeboat Station again for allowing us to run a power cable, Mr. Cooper for supplying the PA, Famous Joe’s Beach Bar for supplying the bottled water, Skegness Sands for the loan of their large van and ELDC for the barriers around the course and for helping us to conform with all the requirements for running the event and PRS for Music Ltd for donating the music licence
This year the route of the course had to be changed at the last minute due to the damage caused to the Central Promenade by the exceptionally high tides the week before so regular entrants had a change of scenery through the path from North Parade Carpark, past the rear of Skegness Natureland and the Arnold Palmer Golf course and on to the Sunshine play area and the rear of the Pier field. Then it was right and left back onto Grand Parade and down Tower Esplanade to get back on to the South Promenade for the rest of the circuit.
Everyone was presented with a medal by the Mayor as they passed the finishing line before they headed for a well deserved rest. It was a brilliant turnout for a good natured morning and was indeed as the name suggests, a fun day.
The marshals and registration crew did a sterling job and it was an excellent turnout by club members to support the event. Grateful thanks from Bob and John to all Rotarians and family members who took part or turned up to show support.