Last night a team of 11 staff took part in the 'Santa in the City' 5km London fun run to raise money for The Christie Charity. With some sponsorship money still to come in we are pleased to announce we have raised nearly £1,000!
The team assembled in the London office to dress in their Santa suits only to find that the one size outfits did not fit all. Much fun was had in adjusting various components to adapt them to fit, not to mention the various rips in trousers!
After an entertaining 20-minute walk through the City of London to the starting area the team were pleased to find that they were not alone, and many other people were actually taking part! A round of drinks and mince pies warmed everyone up.
Over 1500 Santa's gathered in Paternoster Square before walking en-masse to the start line. Led out by the Lord Mayor (City of London), and a brass band, the race began at the north end of the Millennium (wobbly) bridge. It was quite a sight to see nothing but bobbing Santa hats all the way along it.
The course worked it's way over Southwark Bridge, around the City and back again before passing through Borough Market. The home stretch was back over the Millennium Bridge and across the finish line just over the other side. Some of the team ran, some marched and some walked and everyone completed the course in just over an hour. After collecting their medals the team had a celebratory drink before heading home for a well-earned rest.
We are all very proud of them and thank them for their fantastic achievement last night.
You can visit their Virgin Giving page here: Banyards Santa Runners