SNAPSHOT: Santa sprint

More than 3,000 Santas turned up last week for the third annual Santa Run in Newtown, mid-Wales. The race is organised by the Newtown Dial-a-Ride community transport project. This year's winner, Matthew Gurmin, completed the 4.5-mile course in 21 minutes 35 seconds, despite getting lost three times. Participants are sponsored to run the course, which passes several pubs. Half of the money raised is donated to Newtown Dial-a-Ride, and the remainder is sent to the runner's chosen charity. Last year, the Santa Run raised a total of £60,000, including £30,000 for the community transport project. The £140,000-a-year project is part-funded by the Community Fund and Powys County Council, but is supported largely by individual donations. From January, Dial-a-Ride's Lottery funding ends, which will leave the charity with a shortfall of more than £60,000 a year. The organisers are confident that this year's Santa Run has broken the British world record for the category of most Santas attending one event, which previously stood at 2,658.

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