VIDEO: The 2013 Santa Dash at Sandall Park

On your marks, get set, “ho, ho, ho!”

Festive fun was on the cards at the annual Santa Dash, organised by the Friends of Sandall Park, when hundreds of folk dressed as Father Christmas took part in a one mile race.

Upward of 360 people took part raising money for six worthy causes - The Aurora Centre, Macmillan Cancer Support, Medical Detection Dogs, Riding for the Disabled Association Rossington, Sandringham Rovers Junior Football Club and the Mayflower Animal Sanctuary.

There were also prizes up for grabs for the best dressed dog, and buggy/wheelchair.

Volunteer and organiser Barbara Senior said: “The day was a great success - everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.

“Over £2,000 was raised in entry fees alone, of which, every penny goes to their chosen charities. Also, the majority of entrants will have raised a massive amount in sponsorship for each charity, which by past experience, usually runs into thousands.

“We wouldn’t have been able to donate the full amount of entry fees to the charities, without the very kind help of all our sponsors - Ready Steady Store, Olive Bar & Grill, Yorkshire Metal Recycling, Bouncy Bobz, Thorne Lions and Purple Penguin Media.

“A big thank you to Sonia Smith for coming along to do the super warm-up. Thanks also, to all the volunteers of Friends of Sandal Park for, not only helping to organise the day but for getting up early to ensure the park was safe and in tip top condition.

“Last, but not least, a massive thank you to all the Santas and Rudolphs who supported us. We’re already thinking of making it even bigger and better next year.”

Any businesses interested in sponsoring next year’s event - please get in touch.

See next Thursday’s Doncaster Free Press for more words and pictures from the event.