Clacton promenade was turned into a sea of red and white as the town’s first Santathon took place today (Saturday, 4 December).
The event, organised by Tendring District Council’s (TDC) Civic team to raise funds for Community Voluntary Services Tendring (CVST), saw more than 80 people dressed as Father Christmas take on a fun run.
Malcolm Statham, from Colchester Harriers was first to deliver all their presents and cross the finish line – without the aid of sleigh, while Amy Edgington took ho-ho-home the trophy as the first-placed lady. Hallie Heath, aged nine, was the first junior to finish.
TDC Chairman Jeff Bray, who has chosen CVST as his nominated charity for his year in office, said the event was a lot of fun.
“It was a brilliant sight to see the seafront swarming with Santas, and I am so grateful to everyone who took part,” Councillor Bray said.
“I hope that, like Christmas, the Santathon can come every year to raise money for good causes and put a smile on people’s faces.
“It has been a lot of fun putting into practice this idea from my vice-chairman, Councillor Peter Harris, and I hope it brought some cheer to Tendring as we all deserve something to smile about. I can’t thank Councillor Harris and the civic team enough for the huge amount of work they put in.”
The final amount raised for CVST will be confirmed over the coming days, but it is thought the event has generated more than £950 for the charity, which leads and supports voluntary action in Tendring, providing community services as well as promoting and developing the district’s community and voluntary sector as a whole.
Sharon Alexander, chief officer at CVST, said: “We want to say a massive thank you to everyone who took part in the Santathon.
“What a sight to behold on the seafront on a Saturday afternoon!
“It was such a wonderful and fun event and we hope everyone enjoyed themselves.”
The event was supported by The Atlanta Café, which hosted the sign-in desk and start line and provided bottled water to participants.
Café owner Rob Kendall said: “After the last two years we’ve had it was fantastic to see so many people getting dressed up and involving in something fun, and for a good cause too.
“Well done to everyone who took part.”