Leeds city centre Santas sprint for charity

It may not have been quite as cold as the North Pole, but scores of Santa still had to brave some harsh weather in Leeds to raise some much-needed charity cash.

Around 100 local runners, decked out in full Santa costume, hit the streets to take part in the Santa Dash in aid of St Gemma's Hospice.

The spectacular event saw a 21 piece brass band belting out festive music in the city centre on Sunday for the one-mile event.

A 5k race, which was due to be run on Saturday in Hyde Park, had to be cancelled due to icy tracks.

But organisers pressed ahead with the city centre event and got runners

in the mood with a Big Santa Warm Up, a short aerobic workout ahead of the race to make sure participants were limbered up.

Entrants paid 12.50, which included a Santa suit, and the cash raised went to help St Gemma's.