ORGANISERS of the annual Rudolph Run are celebrating today after their festive efforts helped to net thousands of pounds for two good causes.

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Hundreds of youngsters and their parents lined the streets in December as the run, organised by the Ipswich Round Table, made its way through the town.

The runs took place over a period of three weeks and helped to raise nearly £11,000 for Brooke’s Wish to Walk and Mason’s Magic, through public donations.

Craig Sennett, one of the event’s organisers, said: “It has been good and we have had a good response from people during the run.

“I think we have surpassed our normal expectations for this year and hopefully next year we can go on to even bigger and better things.

Mason’s Magic, which was set up by Mason Fountain, aims to give youngsters with brain tumours treats and help them achieve their dreams.

Brooke’s Wish to Walk raises money to help Brooke Lawrance, who suffers from cerebral palsy.

The funds raised through the event will be divided between the two causes.

A number of organisations have offered help at this year’s run including John Grose, which supplied a vehicle to tow Rudolph.

Mr Sennett added: “It is very nice to be able to give something back but ultimately we couldn’t have done it without the support of the public and people involved with the run.”

The Rudolph Run has been taking place for more than 40 years and during that time it has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for different charities.

■ Did you enjoy this year’s Rudolph Run? Write to Your Letters, Ipswich Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN or alternatively, send an e-mail to starnews@archant.co.uk

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