Fancy-dress fun at first ever Leeds Christmas 10k race

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They came, they ran...and they brought a fancy-dress feast fit for Christmas with them!

Hundreds of runners took part in the first ever Leeds Christmas 10k on Sunday. (Dec 2)

Runners in the festive spirit take part in the Leeds Christmas 10k at South Leeds stadium.

Runners in the festive spirit take part in the Leeds Christmas 10k at South Leeds stadium.

The two-lap multi-terrain off road course, which started and finished at the John Charles Sports Centre in south Leeds, saw participants dashing uphill through the trees on woodland paths and speeding faster than Rudolf the reindeer on the long descent through Middleton park.

Around 370 people took part in the inaugural event, with many dressing up as Father Christmas. Others dressed as Christmas puddings, angels, Christmas presents and even a ‘Bah Humbug’ to ensure the event had a full festive flavour.

Race director Alice Fairhall said: “We were encouraging people to dress up in festive fancy dress and at least half of them did. We had scores of Santas, and the full range of Christmas regalia.

“There were no shepherds, which I was a bit disappointed about, but maybe next year!

“We wanted to create a new festive race in Leeds with a fun feel and this was a nice introductory event. It was a really fun, friendly day. Everyone was smiling and the weather was warm, bright and clear, which was amazing for December 2.”

A portion of all the proceeds from yesterday’s event will be donated to Martin House Children’s Hospice, which supports young people and children with progressive life limiting illness throughout Yorkshire.

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