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In pictures: Santa Dash for Alexander Devine Children's Hospice Service

In pictures: Santa Dash for Alexander Devine Children's Hospice Service

Simon Meechan

In pictures: Santa Dash for Alexander Devine Children's Hospice Service

Festive fun runners donned their Santa outfits to raise cash for the Alexander Devine Children's Hospice Service.

The charity's second Santa Dash saw more than 200 runners get together for the 5km Yuletide yomp through Home Park in Windsor yesterday.

Before they set off on the circuit the runners warmed up to a selection of Christmas tunes, with Royal Borough town crier Chris Brown bellowing instructions.

Alexander Devine community fundraiser Julia Phillipson said: "It was absolutely amazing. We had even more people come on the day this year, we just had an amazing amount of support. It's got even bigger than last year."

She added the 'fantastic' weather in Home Park's 'beautiful setting' helped get the joggers into the spirit of the event.

Officially 218 runners pre-registered, but Julie reckons about 30 more signed up on the day.

"We had push chairs, dogs, toddlers and children, some from the local athletics club and the Datchet Dashers. It was absolutely brilliant a real mixture of people," she said.

She added they hope to make the event even bigger and better next year.

The Santa Dash was first held in 2013 as one of the charity's main Christmas fundraisers.

Dedworth-based couple John and Fiona Devine set up the charity in memory of their son Alexander, who died of a brain tumour.

They hope to collect £5million to build a hospice in Maidenhead.

More than £3million has already been raised.

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