Ditch the reindeer for the Bicester Santa Run

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The Mayor of Bicester is calling on runners and walkers of all abilities to have a bit of festive fun for charity later this month.

Scores of people sporting Santa suits and long white beards will set off from Pingle Field at 11am on Sunday, November 25, raising money for the 23 Pioneer Regiment Benevolent Fund and the Churchill Hospital’s Haematology Trials Fund.

All those who finish the Bicester Santa Fun Run will get a medal, a hot drink and a bacon sandwich, and could even win one of several spot prizes. The winning man and woman will each get a special award.

The three-mile course around Bicester may not be suitable for wheelchair users.

Bicester Town Mayor, Councillor Dan Sames, said: “I would encourage everyone to take part, either running or walking, and help raise lots of money for local charities.”

The entry fee, which includes a Santa suit to keep, is £8 per adult, £4 per child of four to 11 years old, and free for under-fours. Family tickets for two adults and two children are £16.

The Bicester Santa Fun Run has been a regular fixture since 2007.

For details and entry forms, contact Bicester Town Council on 01869 252915 or email julie.trinder@bicester.gov.uk.