CHRISTMAS was suddenly four kilometres closer this morning as hundreds of Santas dashed through Plymouth City Centre.
The Santa Fun Run returned for its fourth year having seen 700 people take part last year.
The sea of red started in Cornwall Street before making its way to the finish line at Frankfort where every Santa received a festive medal and the obligatory mince pie.
The effort was all in aid of a good Claus with the cash raised going to support the Dame Hannah Rogers Trust.
It was organised once again by the Rotary Club of Saltram as one of their many fundraising events during the year.
This year, The Herald supported the fun run by sponsoring the numbers every runner wore on their red jacket.
Herald reporters Sian Davies and Claire Jones were among the joggers and walkers clad in red suits and white fluffy beards.
Speaking after the run, Sian said: “It was great fun, surprisingly harder than I expected but it was all in aid of a good cause and we couldn’t resist the mince pie at the end.”
Claire added: “I couldn’t believe how many people were taking part – seeing so many Santas running through Plymouth was quite a spectacular sight and a fantastic build up to Christmas.”
And Herald photographer John Allen was stood at the finish line snapping as many participants as possible.
Participants can keep an eye on The Herald website for the festive pictures which will be uploaded throughout the day.