A popualr festive charity fun run has almost sold out.

The Rotary Clubs of Marlow have confirmed that 2,000 out of 2,500 places on the Marlow Santa Fun Run have been allocated, with just 500 remaining.

The annual event will see thousands of people stream through Marlow in a sea of red, with runners dressed both as Santa Claus and Santa’s little helpers, on Sunday, December 2.

In its 14th year, thousands of Marlovians dressed as Santa will take on a 5k route through the town centre to raise money for charity.

The Rotary clubs are hoping to raise £40,000 this year for good causes including lead charities Marlow Opportunity Playgroup and Rennie Grove Hospice Care.

Rotary Santa Fun Run committee chairman David Sutherland said: “Yet again we are delighted with the number of entries received.

“We strongly advise that anyone still interested in participating visits the website in the next week or so in order to avoid disappointment.

“2018 will also continue the focus on making the day memorable for both runners and spectators. Those standing on Marlow High Street will again witness the truly fantastic sight of 2500 Father Xmas outfits running up the gentle incline, and then enjoy entertainment provided by the Marlow Jam Theatre Company.”

Scooters are banned this year and the clubs have made a significant move to adopt a more environmentally-friendly approach.

The Rotary Clubs of Marlow have decided to stop supplying plastic water bottles, to stop providing plastic bags, to replace plastic cups with non-plastic versions and to generally adopt a greener approach for this year’s event.

Marlow Opportunity Playgroup is a local charity providing early intervention for pre-school children who face a broad and varied range of physical and mental challenges.

The team offers support that ensures every child can access a wide range of activities, including many that would otherwise not be accessible to these children.

They also give valuable help and support to their carers and families.

Rennie Grove Hospice Care provides care and support adults and children diagnosed with cancer, and other life-limiting illness.

Every year a 24/7 ‘Hospice at Home’ service gives thousands of patients the choice to stay at home, surrounded by their families and friends.

The event is organised by the Rotary Clubs of Marlow which include Marlow, Marlow Thames and Marlow Bridge Rotaty Clubs.

Visit www.santasfunrun.org.