Santas take to the street for charity run

A GROUP of Father Christmases put their Christmas preparations on hold to run between two villages, in memory of a teenager who died of meningitis last year.

The runners took on the five- mile run from Nether Heyford to Flore and back again in memory of 14-year-old Mark Tanton.

Mark, who was in Year 10 at Campion School, died after he caught a rare strain of meningitis last September.

All profits from the event are set to go to meningitis charities.

The participants, who were all kitted out with Santa suits, hats and beards, were led out by another runner dressed as a Christmas pudding.

The first runner to catch the pudding was then awarded a prize. There was also a half-mile run for children and also a one-mile run for novices.

Mark’s father John Tanton said he hoped the run will end up raising around £1,000.