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Santa dash: Thousands take part in Victoria Park festive fun run

Santa run in Victoria Park Image copyright Winterville
Image caption More than 3,000 people donned Santa suits for the charity dash

Up to 3,300 people dressed as Father Christmas have taken part in a charity dash in east London to raise funds for charity.

The festive runners donned Santa suits to complete either a 5km or 10km fun run round Victoria Park on Sunday.

More than £1m was raised at Sunday's event was run by charity events organiser Do It For Charity.

Charities that stand to benefit from dash include Great Ormond Street Hospital and William Wilberforce Trust.

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Image caption The festive participants could take part in either a 5km or 10km race

Do It For Charity's Claire Splight said: "This is our seventh year of running the Santa run with over 3,500 runners taking part.

"With more than £1m raised it was a great success."

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Image caption The event in east London's Victoria Park attracted young and old runners

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