A host of energetic Santas, Christmas trees, elves, presents, a roast turkey and even a couple of Smurfs added festive cheer to the St Giles Hospice Rudolph Run at Tamworth Castle last weekend.

The popular annual event, on Sunday (December 2), saw 259 supporters strap on their running shoes to raise funds for the charity, which cares for people with a potentially incurable illness and their families.

The runners tackled 3km or 6km courses based around the Tamworth Castle grounds and surrounding area, and the number of colourful fancy dress costumes delighted organisers and put smiles on the faces of spectators and supporters.

“The Rudolph Run is one of the highlights of our events calendar and it’s always wonderful to see so many people getting into the Christmas spirit and adding a dash of festive sparkle to our fundraising,” said St Giles Hospice Events Manager Chloe Herbert.

“It’s such a fun event – for us the Rudolph Run really highlights the fun of the festive season.

“We want to say a big thank you to everyone who took part in the run and to all our volunteers who came along and helped us to ensure that everything went so smoothly.

“We also had some great support from the community, which helped to make the event really special. Gill Hughes from Active All Stars provided a fantastic warm-up to get our runners ready to hit the road and Sutton Coldfield Tuneless Choir gave us a great performance out on the route which helped to put a spring in everybody’s step. And we’d also like to thank DHL for packing all the goody bags which we handed out to our runners at the end.”

The Rudolph Run entry fee covers the administration costs of the event, so money raised through sponsorship goes directly to supporting the work of St Giles Hospice. Last year Rudolph runners raised more than £13,000 to fund hospice services.

Want to get involved with St Giles this Christmas? There’s still plenty of time to support your local hospice. Head to www.stgileshospice.com/christmas to find out how.