VIDEO: Santa sprint and stroll at Weald and Downland Museum

IT was on your marks, get Santa, go, as hundreds set off for the Santa Sprint and Stroll at the Weald and Downland Open Museum.

The day was organised by St Wilfrid’s Hospice, challenging runners to a 5k off-road run, or a leisurely stroll.

One of the Santas

One of the Santas

Santas of all ages got involved, going along as individual runners, in teams, or racing as families.

And first to cross the finish line was Midhurst’s very own super sprinter, Aaron Hancock, a PE teacher at Midhurst Rother College.

Aaron, 24, has been teaching at the college for three years, and runs for Chichester Running Club.

He said: “This was my last race of the year, so it felt great to win.

“All the support on the day is fantastic - we all support one another throughout the race - it’s quite a gruelling little course.

“I was helping out on the finishing line afterwards, handing out medals to everyone.”

Aaron will be raising money for charity with several running events next year.

Meanwhile, the Guiel family brought along pet dog Lottie to act as Santa’s little helper.

It was boys versus girls as mum Sara and dad Dave raced against Rupert, 14, Felix, ten and Jemima, four.

St Wilfrid’s fundraising team member Claire Hawkin said: “We had 
more than 330 Santas registered, and more turn up today.

“This is a lovely event for families, and raises awareness of what we do.”