After days of ‘what if it’s bad weather’ the Santa Fun Run day arrived with a windy but fine day. It was a challenge to erect the registration tent in the blustery conditions but we managed it without TT being swept out over the Wash. Santa's Fun Run Our thanks go to the Lifeboat Station again for allowing us to run a power cable, the Embassy for supplying the PA and the barriers around the course,
Lincolnshire Co-operative for supplying the bottled water, the Environment Agency for opening the Sea Defence gates, Simon York and the Fire Brigade for pumping out the pond which formed under the Pier walkway, and ELDC for helping us to conform with all the requirements for running the event.
Entries on the day came thick and fast from 10.00am and we processed around 40 entries in 25 minutes in addition to those already booked in beforehand who needed to register their presence on the day. At 10.30am 178 Santa suited runners were started off by Panto Star Baron Hardup who is Nick Wymer from CITV Programme "My Phone Genie" and it was quite a sight as they charged towards the Clock Tower on the first leg of the event.
Santa's Fun Run By the time the first runners reached the Seaview carpark, entrants were spread out almost the length of North Parade. After the fun runners negotiated the whole length of the seafront and South Parade Carpark first past the post back at the Lifeboat Station was one of the students entered from the Academy. All finishers were presented with a medal as they passed the finishing line and there thankfully was no need to request the services of Run Doctor Steve or any of the First Aiders along the course.
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.