Festive 5k run Ely provides early Christmas magic as hundreds - many in fancy dress or Santa outfits - take part to raise funds for Arthur Rank Hospice
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Today’s 5k Santa festive charity fun run for the Arthur Rank Hospice round Ely was overwhelmed with a record number of 800 runners.
All were dressed up in various festive outfits ranging from angels, reindeers, elves, and of course Santa and their little children helpers.
The Mayor of Ely Michael Rouse presented the awards to the various category winning individual, team and fancy dress runners which included Ely Runner’s Lauren Thomas, who was the first woman home and delighted to be part of such a successful yearly event.
“I love the annual Santa Run in Ely,” she said.
Cllr Rouse said: “I would thank everyone for this event - all 800 runners, the organisers, stewards and supporters who always make it such a special event in aid of the Arthur Rank Hospice.
“Christmas is a time of giving and to everyone who took part this was your gift to support those who are ill and their loved ones. Ely at its best.”
The course itself had changed from previous years starting from Ely Cathedral’s Palace Green through Jubilee Gardens round Ely Country Park down Lisle Lane, Deacon’s Lane reaching 4km to Northwold and then into Upherd’s Lane to Downham Road past Oliver Cromwell’s House and back home to the finish on Palace Green.
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The runners were greeted with an events marshal holding a much needed bottle of water and a well earned shiny star shaped Christmas medal.
“I started of not so well, what with so many runners trying to get into position, but it wasn’t long until I got into my stride and was so glad to have completed the run,” said one happy Ely resident runner Jo White who is still recovering from an injury.
Ashleigh Blackman-Doyle who believes that becoming 30 years of age is a milestone promised herself that she would celebrate in style by running 12 half marathons in 12 months in which she hopes to attempt to “gain 30 medals in all other distance races”.
This morning Ashleigh, who was accompanied by running buddy Laura Baker collected her 10th medal said: “To top it all I even took 10 minutes off my personal best from last year’s Santa 5k run which I am pretty pleased about”.