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Sea of Santas creates a Christmas spectacle

A sea of Santas swept through the city centre for the annual festive Exeter Santa Run.

Organised by Exeter City Community Trust, the partner charity of Exeter City Football Club, the seasonal spectacular has become a favourite event for runners of all ages.

More than 450 people took part in the event which set off from Princesshay on Sunday morning and they were joined by Exeter City mascot Grecian the Lion, first team player Ilmari Niskanen and Assistant Manager Kevin Nicholson.

Jamie Vittles, chief executive of Exeter City Community Trust, said: “The Santa Run is such a fantastic way to start Christmas and it was great to see so many people taking part.

“A huge thank you to our volunteer marshals who help us to stage the event, and, of course, our headline sponsors Tozers, as well as our community partners Exeter Live Better, Radio Exe, Trowers and Hamlins, Tesco and the ILEC Group – whose generosity enables us to contribute profits from the event to our work.”

Participants chose between a 2.5k family fun run or a 5k distance. They could take part for fun, or raise money for charity, including Exeter City Community Trust, with donations helping to support the charity’s work in the community. The organisation also offers free places to its partner charities, who this year are Alright Mate? CIC, Exeter Leukaemia Fund and Julian House.

Exeter City Community Trust organises running events throughout the year, starting with a half marathon on February 10, the Granite Way on March 10, its flagship Exeter Live Better Marathon and community five mile on May 12 and the 10k River Run on June 28. To find out more visit www.exetercct.org/running-events/