Run, Santa, run! Did you take part in these festive fun runs in 2007?

The Santa Run in Christchurch Park, Ipswich in 2007 

Best foot forward at the Santa Run in Christchurch Park, Ipswich in 2007 - Credit: Owen Hines/Archant

Santa Fun Runs have become a popular annual Christmas event around Suffolk and north Essex, as our gallery shows.

Hundreds of people of all ages eagerly don the familiar red Father Christmas costumes and long white beards to raise money for good causes.

The first Great North Essex Santa Run fundraising event for EACH taking place in Colchester's Castle Park  in 2007

The first Great North Essex Santa Run fundraising event for EACH taking place in Colchester's Castle Park in 2007 - Credit: Andy Abbott/Archant

Sadly, like so many other fundraising events, this year's Santa Runs have had to go virtual - but today we are looking back to events which took part in 2007, in aid of East Anglia's Children's Hospices.

A Santa Run in Christchurch Park, Ipswich in 2007

Ho-Ho-Go as the Santa Run took place in Christchurch Park, Ipswich in 2007 - Credit: Owen Hines/Archant

Instead of relying on reindeer power, crowds of Santas ran around Christchurch Park in Ipswich, the Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds and Castle Park in Colchester.

A Santa Fun Run in the Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds in aid of EACH in 2007

A Santa Fun Run in the Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds in aid of EACH ( East Anglia's Children Hospices) in 2007. EastEnders star Joe Swash gets the race going (front middle) - Credit: Tudor Morgan-Owen/Archant

A famous face taking part in that year's Bury St Edmunds event was former EastEnders star Joe Swash, who played Mickey Miller in the series.

Taking part in the Santa Run in Christchurch Park, Ipswich in 2007

Taking part in the Santa Run in Christchurch Park, Ipswich in 2007 - Credit: Owen Hines/Archant

If these photos bring back memories, email judy.rimmer@archant.co.uk

To order photos, visit our website or call Diane Townsend on 01603 772449.

A Santa Fun Run in the Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds, in 2007

A Santa Fun Run in the Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds, in aid of East Anglia's Children's Hospices in 2007 - Credit: Tudor Morgan-Owen/Archant

The first Great North Essex Santa Run fundraising event for EACH taking place in Colchester's Castle Park in December 2007

The first Great North Essex Santa Run fundraising event for EACH taking place in Colchester's Castle Park in December 2007 - Credit: Andy Abbott/Archant

The Great North Essex Santa Run fundraising event for EACH in 2007 in Colchester

Colchester's Castle Park was the setting for the first Great North Essex Santa Run fundraising event for EACH in 2007 - Credit: Andy Abbott/Colchester



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