OH DEAR, Santa - have you got a little lost?

The Santa Dash Fun Run at Rother Valley Park takes place in January following the cancellation of the even in December due to heavy snow. A group of santas from the Co-op store on Bridge Street in Killamarsh
The Santa Dash Fun Run at Rother Valley Park takes place in January following the cancellation of the even in December due to heavy snow. A group of santas from the Co-op store on Bridge Street in Killamarsh
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The sight of 40 sweaty St Nicks huffing and puffing around the icy lakes of Rother Valley may have seemed strange now Christmas has come to an end...

But the madcap charity jape held at the park yesterday was in fact a case of third time lucky - finally taking place after two unsuccessful attempts were made to stage the event last month.

The five-kilometre Santa Jog, in which runners pulled on red suits and hats and fluffy white beards to complete a punishing course, was supposed to be held initially on December 5 - but had to be postponed due to freezing weather.

Organisers rearranged the sprint to be staged a week later, on December 12 - but, again, wintry weather meant the course was declared unsafe.

Finally - in the wake of yet more snow on Friday - the event went ahead on Sunday, with participants including staff from Co-op stores around South Yorkshire plus their families and friends.

They raised at total of at least £1,000 in sponsorship which will go to the learning disability charity Mencap, which is supported by the Co-op.

Organiser John Marsh said: “We were determined to go ahead with it this time!

“The course was a little icy in places but it was actually lovely and sunny, and people didn’t care about the cold. The fundraising has gone really well - five people each collected £100 of sponsorship on their own.”

The victorious winner was Ben Saxton, aged 31, from Hillsborough, Sheffield, who crossed the finishing line in his Santa suit in 21 minutes and 13 seconds.

Mr Marsh and other participants are planning to repeat the event at Rother Valley in the spring - this time dressed as giant hens for a Chicken Run on Easter Sunday, April 24.