DINTON Pastures hosted its most-popular Santa Dash ever on the weekend.

By the day of the race, December 14, tickets had sold out weeks in advance before anyone donned a Santa-Claus outfit.

A total of 650 people signed up for the run around the pastures in Hurst.

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Race organiser, Ellie Barnes of Barnes Fitness, said: “We want to thank everyone who came down to Saturday’s Dinton Santa Dash.

"This year marked our third event and we are over the moon with this year’s turnout, with the event selling out weeks in advance."

The event took place at 10:30am with the 2km Mini-Dash, doing one loop of both the Black and White Swan Lakes.

By 11am the main event started, with runners going for the full 5km.

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Ms Barnes added: "We’re proud to have raised £2,100 for local charity, Daisy’s Dream which supports children and their families who have been affected by the life threatening illness or bereavement of someone close to them."

Nuffield Health Wokingham were present to help participants of all ages to warm up properly, and Wokingham's Waitrose branch were at the finish line offering mince pies to all those who finished.

Cllr Parry Batth (Corr.), executive member for environment and leisure added: “We’re thrilled to have hosted the annual Dinton Santa Dash at Dinton Pastures Country Park. This event is much loved by local residents and it’s great to see funds raised for a fantastic local charity like Daisy’s Dream.”