VIDEO - Numbers are up for this year’s fantastic Sleaford Santa Fun Run

An increased number of entrants for the second Sleaford Santa Fun Run made sure the town’s Christmas Market got off to a seasonal start today (Sunday).

It was a truly family occasion. There was everything from wheelchair athletes to people running with their dogs, the Help For Heroes mascot, a pair running it three-legged and a little girl on a scooter dressed as a unicorn.

This year's Sleaford Santa Fun Run sets off from the Market Place this morning (Sunday). EMN-151129-165914001

This year's Sleaford Santa Fun Run sets off from the Market Place this morning (Sunday). EMN-151129-165914001

Organiser David Marshall said it had gone really well with an increase on last year’s 242 runners to 276.

“I’m really pleased with that. I think the actual winner was pushing a pushchair as well and did the 1.8miles around the town in about 11 minutes,” he said.

He estimated to have raised about £1,000 for St Barnabas Hospice.

He said the running went smoothly but apologised to any upset drivers inconvenienced despite lots of notifications about road closures, adding: “We raise a lot of money and bring a lot of people into the town that go straight into the Christmas Market. It is great for the town and local retailers and stall holders.”

He had full belief that the event would go ahead despite many concerns regarding the weather forecast of high winds and rain. It turned out to be fine and dry for much of the day.

He said: “If we had had to cancel market and the run it would have been a really big shame for the whole town.”