The 2020 Marlow Santa’s Fun Run was held virtually but still managed to attract 900 entries raising over £20,000.

Runners dressed up as Santa and took to the streets to raise money for the cause with runners taking all different routes.

One runner took part running around New York for with his santa hat on for the Marlow event.

The money will be distributed to a range of local charities by the Rotary Clubs of Marlow.

Jane Gibbons – the Marlow Opportunity Playgroup Leader said: “The Marlow Santa’s Fun Run is a fantastic opportunity for staff, parents and supporters to get together and help raise money for great causes.

“We are very grateful to the Rotary Clubs of Marlow for putting this all together – and at this point we think the Playgroup will receive nearly £3000 as a result. In a very difficult year this will make a lot of difference to us.”

John Prout, Chair of the Marlow Santa’s Fun Run Organising Committee, thanked the support of participants.

He said: “We are very pleased to have put on such an event in these difficult times.

“We sincerely thank the 900 participants, our commercial sponsors and advertisers and of course those who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to deliver a successful Fun Run.

“As an example of the challenges the website had to be largely rewritten not once but twice”.

“Surprisingly we received a record level of commercial sponsorship this year - despite all of the problems.

"A range of local businesses offered support with lead sponsor the Shanly Foundation again featuring strongly.

"As a result we estimate that - when funds from all sources have been received and distributed – well over £20,000 will be transferred to mainly local charities.

"In the circumstances a fantastic outcome.”

The date for the 2021 event is confirmed as Sunday 5th December, and the website for entries will open on September 1st 2021.

John Prout added: “Hopefully life will be more like normal in a year’s time – and again we will see a sea of red make its way up Marlow High Street on a December Sunday morning.

“Hope to see you there!”