Essex RAYNET Santa Run 2014

Sunday the 7th of December 2014 was the annual Santa Run in aid of Farleigh Hospice. This is a 5km run around Chelmsford’s Central Park.

Farleigh Hospice Santa Run 2014
Farleigh Hospice Santa Run 2014

Essex RAYNET provided the communications for the event, which involved setting up a repeater from Vince G8YPK’s landrover. Four checkpoints were staffed by Essex RAYNET members at strategic points along the route, and a sweep team followed behind the last participants, standing down the Farleigh marshals and collecting the direction signs.

Some of the Essex RAYNET team at the Santa Fun Run
Some of the Essex RAYNET team at the Santa Fun Run

As the name suggests, Santa outfits were pretty much mandatory for the runners, meaning nearly 700 Santas set off from Central Park just after 11am – some running, and some strolling. ‘Rudolph’ led the pack of Santas on a bike, to set the pace.

The Farleigh Hospice Santa Selfie 2014
The Farleigh Hospice Santa Selfie 2014

The event was a success, and lots of fun. The winter weather wasn’t as bad as the forecast had predicted,making for a pleasant winter’s run. Picture of the day for us was the following Santa Loo Queue shot:

The Sunday Santa Loo Queue
The Sunday Santa Loo Queue

In the finale to today’s activities, Essex RAYNET was pressed into service to try to help free the British Red Cross ambulance that became embedded in the mud at the end of the event.

Essex RAYNET to the rescue
Essex RAYNET to the rescue

Well done to all involved with today’s Santa Run: Farleigh Hospice helpers, Essex RAYNET, the event organisers, and of course, the Santa runners.

If you’d be interested in putting your radio skills to good use to help the community, consider finding out more about Essex RAYNET and helping out at a future event – it;s very rewarding, and great training for those with an interest in helping out with emergency comms should the need arise. More details at www.essexraynet.org.uk

Santa Run Photos

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