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RNLI reindeer run 2008
The festive season gets off to a kick start as the RNLI holds its fifth annual Reindeer Run, with antler-clad particpants taking on either a 5k or 10k run at Moors Valley Country Park, near Ringwood.
It might be one of the oddest things you see this winter. It's the annual RNLI Reindeer Run at Moors Valley Country Park, on the New Forest/east Dorset border near Ringwood, with everyone pounding the ground decked out in festive-themed fancy dress complete with a pair of reindeer antlers thrown in for free.
Runners ready for the reindeer run
The runners choose a 5 or 10k course and the money raised goes to the RNLI.
Last year, the people first past the post were - men: Mark Caldecourt - 10k, Timothy Chapman - 5k; women: Frances Johnson - 10k and Hayley Dimech - 5k.
Among those who took part were Sergeant Williams and six colleagues from West Moors Defence Petroleum School in Dorset.
They ran the 10k course, while carrying an eight-foot log.
West Moors Defence Petroleum School
Sergeant Williams said: "We did the RNLI Reindeer Run last year and really enjoyed it. It's a great event and perfect for getting everyone in the festive spirit. This year we wanted to make it a bit different and decided to set ourselves the challenge of running with a giant log."
RNLI events organiser Carla Rowley said: "We had about 500 people running, plus over 60 volunteers who gave up their time to marshal or assist with catering and finish line support.
"Money raised from the event will go towards the continuation and support of the RNLI's Lifeguard Service.
Browse through the photos and watch our video of the day, and find out more information on this year's event.
last updated: 03/12/2008 at 10:38
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