Jogging santas take to the heart of the city

santaCL'Pictured in Sheffield, for the  Santa Jog.
santaCL'Pictured in Sheffield, for the Santa Jog.

AROUND 400 Santas went on the run in Sheffield city centre to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.

In fact, they ran, walked, jogged and pushed prams along a one-mile route on Sunday after Lord Mayor Sylvia Dunkley started the event in Tudor Square.

Adults paid to take part in the Santa Jog, and were given a Santa suit.

David Pugsley, of Totley, who was joined by his daughter Leanne and two-year-old grandson William, entered for the second year after undergoing a double heart bypass in 2007.

“I entered last year and enjoyed it so much I wanted to do it again because it is for such a good cause,” he said.

Malcolm Geeson, aged 66, from Woodhouse, was among a group of around 50 men and women who attend cardiac rehabilitation sessions at Graves Leisure Centre.

“I had a heart attack two years ago so I feel it is important to support charities like the British Heart Foundation to help with research and treatment,” he said.

“It is the first time I have ever done it but it is a brilliant event with everyone in such good spirits at this time of year.”

The charity is celebrating its 50th anniversary.