More than 300 Santas play Chase the Pud in Sheffield city centre fundraiser

More than 300 Santas played Chase the Pud in a fun run event held in aid of a very good cause in Sheffield city centre.

The runners in red gathered in Tudor Square and the Winter Garden for the festive frolic before pursuing the pudding through the surrounding streets.

Santas gear up for the fun run

Santas gear up for the fun run

But there was also a serious side to the day held in support of the British Heart Foundation.

Many of the Santas were survivors of cardiac conditions and many more were there to remember friends and relatives who had not been so lucky.

Richard Snookes, aged 51, from Woodseats, was taking part in a charity event for the first time in memory of his dad Michael who died from a sudden heart attack 12 years ago.

“I think it’s a great event. I’ve never done anything like this before and I’m being sponsored by my family,” he said.

Lewis Elliott, 32, from Ecclesall, decided to take part with fiance Louisa Wallbridge because his a close friend’s brother had recently died from a heart attack aged only 38.

“It makes you think and I wanted to get involved, and I’ve raised sponsorship of £130,” he added.

Lord Mayor Peter Rippon also supported the day and helped the Santas get in the mood with a mass warm up session in the square.