A sea of red was seen in Lincoln this past weekend, as the annual Santa Fun Run and Walk hit the streets for its 11th year.

The event, which happened on Saturday, December 10, is a charitable fun run which laps around the city for 3.5km and is set in the historic Bailgate area.

Starting at Union Road, 2,350 runners and walkers set off for a two lap course which finished at Castle Square, where participants were rewarded with bespoke medals.

The fun run was sponsored mainly by the University of Lincoln and organised by The Rotary Club of Lincoln Colonia.

Over the past 10 years, the Santa Fun Run and Walk has raised almost £500,000 in total, with its highest amount raised in 2015.

The event helps raise money for various charities around the Lincoln area and further afield.

Each year 10 different charities are nominated to receive the money raised through sponsorship.

One charity in the mix is Matt’s Fund, which is an organisation that is focussed on raising awareness and funding research into malignant melanoma and skin cancer.

Speaking on behalf of the charity was Chairman Bob Boulton, who explained why he set up the aid: “the fund was set up in 2008 following the death of Matthew Boulton who was aged 24, from malignant melanoma.

“At the time there was no treatment for the disease which is a growing problem in particular among the 15-30 year age group.

“A large part of our activities involves raising awareness of skin cancer among young adults at schools and colleges in Lincoln and surrounding areas.”

This isn’t the first time that Matt’s Fund has been chosen to be a recipient of the money raised from the fun run, as they were fortunate to be nominated as one of the beneficiary organisations for the 10th anniversary run.

Mr Boulton went onto say: “the Rotary Club of Lincoln Colonia have been a supporter of Matt’s Fund over the years.”

As well as a fun run for humans, they also had a Doggy Dash for the dogs of Lincoln, all of which received their very own medals.

Duncan Gerrard, head of PR and marketing for the Rotary Club of Lincoln Colonia, said: “This year we are targetting £100,000.”

“We have already started to plan for 2017!”

The total raised for this year’s event is still being counted.

 

 

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