CHRISTMAS came early to Sheffield - as eight Santas took a jog around the temporary beach in Sheffield Peace Gardens.
Dressed up in full red suits and long white beards, the group were promoting an annual British Heart Foundation fundraising event.
Hundreds of fun runners will do a one-mile Santa Jog from Tudor Square and through the city centre on Sunday, December 11.
Last year’s jog raised more than £10,000 to fund essential research, prevention and care for the region’s heart patients - and the BHF is hoping to double that figure with this year’s event.
Lauren Mallinson, BHF community fundraising volunteer manager in Sheffield, said: “We hope to see families, students and teams of friends and colleagues running together at this year’s jog.
“It is a wonderful local event, it is so much fun and there is a great festive atmosphere.
“This event is a perfect opportunity to get active, remember those who have lost their lives to heart disease and help raise funds to prevent more premature deaths.”
Lord Mayor of Sheffield Coun Sylvia Dunkley said: “Hundreds of people in Santa suits running through the streets is something not to be missed. “The British Heart Foundation is a very good cause and one of my charities for this year. I am proud to support the Santa Jog, which is a key part of the line-up of Christmas activities in the city centre this year. The mile-long route takes in many of the city centre’s key attractions. People should come down and take part, or just come along and watch.”
Entry is £10 for adults and children aged 14 and over, which includes a free Santa suit. Under-14s are free with a paying adult.
* Register online at bhf.org.uk/sheffieldsantajog or contact 0845 1308663 for details.