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Santas run through Oxford for charity

Santa run in Oxford Image copyright Helen & Douglas House
Image caption The two-mile sponsored run is celebrating its 10th anniversary

More than 2,000 Santas have raced through the historic streets of Oxford to raise money for charity.

Santas on the Run - one of the largest events of its kind in the UK - began in Broad Street at 09:00 GMT following a zumba warm up.

The two-mile sponsored run is celebrating its 10th anniversary and supports Helen & Douglas House hospice.

Participants included Helen Lord from Oxford, who has taken part in every event so far.

Other runners on the Santa list included members of Oxford City Rowing Club, Oxford University Officer Training Corps, and Oxford City Singers.

Image copyright Helen & Douglas House
Image caption The Forth family ran to say "thank you" to the hospice for its help
Image copyright CEBI Oxford
Image caption Participants included members from Oxford University's Department of Social Policy
Image copyright Helen & Douglas House
Image caption Not all Santas on the Run were two-legged
Image copyright Tracey Leach
Image caption Santas took over establishments across the city centre

Shaun and Julie Forth ran in memory of their daughter Ruby, who went to the hospice for respite care and died in January 2013.

Ms Forth said: "Helen & Douglas House provided us with time and space.

"We were all nurtured and this allowed us precious time with our son, whilst relieving us of our full-time caring responsibilities for our daughter.

"Taking part in the race is our way of saying 'thank you'."

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