PHOTOS: Banbury Santas run for hospice

Banbury Santa Fun Run for Katharine House Hospice at Spiceball Park. Santas are off in the fun run. NNL-160412-131131009

Banbury Santa Fun Run for Katharine House Hospice at Spiceball Park. Santas are off in the fun run. NNL-160412-131131009

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Over 400 festive figures descended on Banbury’s Spiceball Park on Sunday to take part in the annual Santa Fun Run organised by Katharine House Hospice.

Between them they raised over £15,000 – enough to run the Hospice’s Inpatient Unit this Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Banbury Santa Fun Run for Katharine House Hospice at Spiceball Park. Deddington Brass. NNL-160412-130314009

Banbury Santa Fun Run for Katharine House Hospice at Spiceball Park. Deddington Brass. NNL-160412-130314009

Local MP Victoria Prentis was on hand to support the event and start the 4km race, which is now in its seventh year and has raised over £100,000 for the hospice.

Spiceball Park was decorated with Christmas trees, tinsel, and paper chains to get people in to the Christmas spirit, and each runner was given a mince pie and a medal on completing the course.

Chris Higgins, from the hospice, said: “The Santa Fun Run is a fantastic family morning out, and the atmosphere on Sunday was brilliant.

“We were so pleased to see so many families coming together to raise money for their local hospice. People take part in the event for many reasons; some enjoy a morning out with the family, some run for fitness, and many of those who signed up know someone who was cared for at the Hospice, and run in memory of them.

Banbury Santa Fun Run for Katharine House Hospice at Spiceball Park. The Mid-counties Co-operative team. NNL-160412-130428009

Banbury Santa Fun Run for Katharine House Hospice at Spiceball Park. The Mid-counties Co-operative team. NNL-160412-130428009

“On behalf of everyone at Katharine House, I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who came out despite the cold to take part.”

Banbury Santa Fun Run for Katharine House Hospice at Spiceball Park. The Ward family from Sibford. NNL-160412-130503009

Banbury Santa Fun Run for Katharine House Hospice at Spiceball Park. The Ward family from Sibford. NNL-160412-130503009

Banbury Santa Fun Run for Katharine House Hospice at Spiceball Park. From the left, Nathan, Shane and Tyler East from Brackley. NNL-160412-130524009

Banbury Santa Fun Run for Katharine House Hospice at Spiceball Park. From the left, Nathan, Shane and Tyler East from Brackley. NNL-160412-130524009

Banbury Santa Fun Run for Katharine House Hospice at Spiceball Park. Victoria Prentis MP gets to know some Santas. NNL-160412-130543009

Banbury Santa Fun Run for Katharine House Hospice at Spiceball Park. Victoria Prentis MP gets to know some Santas. NNL-160412-130543009

Banbury Santa Fun Run for Katharine House Hospice at Spiceball Park. Ringo the 'bearded collie'. NNL-160412-130648009

Banbury Santa Fun Run for Katharine House Hospice at Spiceball Park. Ringo the 'bearded collie'. NNL-160412-130648009

Banbury Santa Fun Run for Katharine House Hospice at Spiceball Park. The Girling Gang from Fritwell and Banbury. NNL-160412-130718009

Banbury Santa Fun Run for Katharine House Hospice at Spiceball Park. The Girling Gang from Fritwell and Banbury. NNL-160412-130718009

Banbury Santa Fun Run for Katharine House Hospice at Spiceball Park. Warming up with a bit of Salsa. NNL-160412-130801009

Banbury Santa Fun Run for Katharine House Hospice at Spiceball Park. Warming up with a bit of Salsa. NNL-160412-130801009

Banbury Santa Fun Run for Katharine House Hospice at Spiceball Park. Warming up with a bit of Salsa. NNL-160412-130850009

Banbury Santa Fun Run for Katharine House Hospice at Spiceball Park. Warming up with a bit of Salsa. NNL-160412-130850009

Banbury Santa Fun Run for Katharine House Hospice at Spiceball Park. Sunglasses Santa. NNL-160412-130904009

Banbury Santa Fun Run for Katharine House Hospice at Spiceball Park. Sunglasses Santa. NNL-160412-130904009