Elf Run a big hit for local charity

Dozens of elves braved the damp conditions this weekend to take part in the Blue Skies Elf Run. The charity for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust held its annual festive fun run, beginning at Blackpool Zoo before the runners jingled their way around Heron’s Reach.

Over 90 of Santa’s little helpers set off in aid of their local NHS charity despite the chilly start and parts of the course being underwater.

With a warm up provided by The Village Hotel fitness instructors, commentary by Shep from Radio Wave and hot drinks by catering company Leivers & Co, the day was a huge success.

Runners Alistair Leivers, Ross McKelvie and Paul Muller were the first to finish, coming across the line hand-in-hand with a blistering time of 16 minutes and 47 seconds.

They were closely followed by teams from Beaverbrooks, Blackpool Transport, Blackpool Freedom Runners and Armfield Academy.

Paula Wright, Community Fundraiser, said: “We’re thrilled that so many people braved the cold to come to our Elf Run. This run is one of our main Christmas events and it’s great to see it getting bigger and bigger every year.”

The charity continues its festive season with their “Walkies for Wards” event on the 7th December at Lytham Hall, and the Give a Gift appeal throughout December.

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