Dozens of Father Christmases sprinting around St Ives is not something the shoppers in the town are used to seeing…but it was all in aid of a good cause.

Young and old dressed up to take part in the British Heart Foundation’s Santa Jog, which started at the Bridge Church, in Bramley Road.

The runners were each given a Father Christmas costume before running the three or six-mile course.

Jean Chandler, chairman of the St Ives fundraising branch, which has been running for more than 30 years, said she hoped to get more people running next year.

She said: “Everyone who turned up to take part in the race thoroughly enjoyed themselves and said that they will be coming along next year with family and friends.”

The Santa jog followed on from the foundation’s candle lighting fortnight which allowed St Ives residents to light a candle to remember loved ones.

In total the two fundraising efforts raised £1,034 for the British Heart Foundation.