ORGANISERS behind the KEMP Hospice Santa Fun Run say they are delighted with the turn-out at Sunday's event - despite falling short of its participant target.

The Wyre Forest charity had hoped to attract 600 runners to signify a Santa for every month since the hospice was formed, but just surpassed 460 people across the three 1k, 5k and 10k runs and the 25-mile cycle.

However organisers say it was still a great turn-out - considering the recent poor weather.

Kidderminster Shuttle:

A KEMP spokesman said: "We’re delighted with the way the event turned out and want to thank everyone who ran, marshalled or helped out in any way, especially our sponsors St John's Club.

"The whole community got involved and we had loads of great teams representing families, friends and local business and someone even celebrated their birthday by taking part.

"Over 460 people took part across the three runs and the 25-mile cycle, which was a great turn out given the weather we’ve had recently.

"We won’t know what we’ve raised until all the sponsorship money has come in, so if you took part please can you ensure you get your sponsorship money into KEMP by Christmas so we can start putting it to good use.

Kidderminster Shuttle:

"Every penny raised is spent right here in the Wyre Forest providing support for patients, families and carers who are experiencing life-limiting illness and or going through bereavement."

The annual event sees hundreds of runners dressed as Father Christmas descend on Brinton Park each year.

The winner of the timed 10k was Dan Kimber - who also won the title last year - with a time of 36 minutes and 27 seconds. Selina Jane Topham was the fastest female runner.

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