It’s Easter time which, obviously, means that it’s time to dress up as Santa… Right?
Christmas may have been 3 months ago but that didn’t stop just over 400 people of all ages and abilities dressing up in their festive Santas outfits and running in the St Frances Hospice’s Annual race, Santathon, in order to raise money.
Santathon was planned for last November 2017, but due to snow and ice on the ground it was postponed to March-one weekend before Easter.
It was our 4th year that we have run the race as a family. Of course, we may all start at the same time but it’s not long before I am left behind and all I can see if a sea of red ahead of me. They are always there at the finish line to cheer me on though.
The boys and their Dad have won it 4 years in a row. Dad being the first male over the line and Jak being the first under 16 to finish.
There is nothing quite like getting dressed up and going for a run, especially when you know it’s for a good cause. Not only is it fun, but it is such a fabulous community event with an amazing atmosphere-everyone cheering each other on and giving each other words of encouragement as you run round the streets.
The event was started by Sir Trevor Brooking, who was made a patron of St Frances Hospice, after a big warm up in the stands of Dagenham and Redbridge Football ground
Hands on watches and. with squeeze of a horn they were off
We certainly raised a few eyebrows. Can you imagine seeing hundreds of Santas: babies in prams, children, adults and even dogs pounding the streets, what a sight we must have been! Families came out of their houses to wave us on, Cars bibbed as they passed by and children banged on the windows of their homes to say hello.
You don’t have to run, many people walk the route. It’s a time to enjoy the event with friends and family.
Dad and Jak were competing for the first place. Unfortunately for Jak, the stewards didn’t point him the correct route and he didn’t do the full course ( he attempted to make it up at the end after he realised that he hadn’t done the full 5k, but it wasn’t enough) He finished first, and to be honest he still would have won, if he had done the correct route but he passed the medal over to the first person that ran the whole route and that was his younger brother, Joseph. What an honourable young man my boy is.
Joseph was over the moon to be the first child under 16 to win the race, something he has been dreaming of doing. Of course, it’s not about winning but rasing money, but it means a lot to my little fella. Last year I was in hospital and couldn’t run with them, so this year he said he was doing it for me. My boy has a heart of gold.
I think that they should rethink about when the race will be next year. I’m thinking that Santathon at Easter was much more enjoyable and we certainly got the attention from the public.
St Frances Hospice is one of the largest adult hospices in the UK. They provide care and support to local people affected by a life-limiting illness, as well as their families, completely free of charge. They are an independent charity and rely on voluntary income and volunteers.