Festive fun at the Stainland Lions’ Boxing Day run

Runners in fancy dress at Stainland Lions' Boxing Day fun run.
Runners in fancy dress at Stainland Lions' Boxing Day fun run.
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Hundreds of runners limbered up to take part in the Stainland Lions’ Boxing Day fun run on Friday.

The three-mile run, now in its 28th year, was the perfect way to fend off any festive flab.

More than 200 people, both old and young, took part in the event with many dressing up in fantastic fancy dress - all in the name of a good cause.

The Stainland Lions have raised around £50,000 from previous events and this year’s chosen charity is the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice.

Contenders for this year’s fancy dress prize included a runner in a St Trinian’s outfit, a few Santas, Super Mario characters and runners dressed in animal print onesies.

Alison Pearson, a runner with the Stainland Lions, said: “It was absolutely brilliant, four-year-olds right up to people in their 70s took part.

“It was really nice that so many people came out to support the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice and have a good time.”

Crossing the finish line first were Joe Crossfield and Angela Markley.