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Festive fancy-dressed Santas join South West fun runs

Santa runners warming up in Bristol
Image caption In Bristol, several hundred Santas took part in a zumba warm-up

Several hundred Santas gathered in Bristol for a festive fancy dress fun run.

More than 700 people registered for the 2km (1.4 miles) Santa's on the Run event, organised by Children's Hospice South West.

A further 400 runners have taken part in similar Santa runs in Launceston, Cornwall and Taunton, Somerset.

Jen Waldron, from the charity, said this year's event had attracted a record number of participants.

"It's lovely to think that so many people will be kick-starting the festive season in style whilst also raising vital funds for CHSW's Charlton Farm hospice in Wraxall," she said.

In Bristol, the fancy dress-clad runners were led in a zumba warm-up before setting off on the short run around Bristol city centre.

The charity, which began in 1991, operates three hospices in the South West - one in North Devon, one in North Somerset and one in Cornwall.

Image caption More than 1,000 runners took part in the charity's three events

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