Reindeer, unicorns, elves and Santas added a touch of festive fun on Sunday, December 5, as fundraisers returned to Tamworth Castle for the 13th annual St Giles Hospice Rudolph Run.

The charity event saw more than 350 supporters lace up their running shoes and pull on their best fancy dress to raise money for the charity, which cares for local people, and their families, living with a terminal illness.

Many fundraisers brought along their four-legged friends as they followed either 3km or 6km routes based in and around Tamworth Castle grounds.

Members of Tamworth's Peel Road Runners running club at the Rudolph Run.

Other fundraisers chose a route in their own local area to support Rudolph Run Your Way, which has been created to allow runners to support the hospice in their own time.

Delighted St Giles Hospice event organisers said that the fantastic display of colourful fancy dress costumes really helped spectators and supporters to get into the Christmas spirit, making the Rudolph Run feel special for all who took part.

Zoe Wright, Events Manager at St Giles Hospice, said: “Everyone at St Giles loves the Rudolph Run. For us it marks the start of the festive season and is always a really fun event – one of the real highlights of our calendar. The costumes just get better every year!

“We want to say a big thank you to everyone who took part in this year’s event along with all of our dedicated volunteers who gave up their Sunday morning to help us make sure that everything ran smoothly.

“We really missed not being able to get together at Tamworth Castle last year so it was wonderful to see so many people coming back to the castle grounds on Sunday, full of festive cheer,” Zoe added. “We’d also like to say a big thank you to all of the people who took part in Rudolph Run Your Way, spreading the season of goodwill far and wide across the region.

“We had some great support from members of the community, who always help us to make the event at Tamworth Castle really special. We’d really like to thank Sutton Coldfield Tuneless Choir, Pete Woollard from Lichfield Fitness Community, Santa Claus from Tamworth Rotary and the Mayor of Tamworth for being involved.

“The sponsorship raised by each participant is key to making the Rudolph Run a fundraising success for St Giles as it goes directly towards funding our work, and this year’s event is more important than ever after we were forced to close our shops and cancel our events in 2020 because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

“Last year Rudolph runners raised £21,873 to fund hospice services and we’re so grateful to everybody who continues to support us.”