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GALLERY: Runners brave cold weather for 30th annual Christmas Cracker 10k

PUBLISHED: 13:07 19 December 2017 | UPDATED: 14:51 19 December 2017

Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race.

Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race.

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Almost 2,000 people dressed as Santas, elves, reindeer, snowmen and even a festive fireplace linked up to take on the Christmas Cracker 10k.

Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race. Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race.

Weston Athletic Club hosted its ‘best’ and biggest event of the year to raise thousands of pounds for Weston Hospicecare.

Competitors lined up under the Grand Pier, in Marine Parade, and waited for the starting klaxon before taking off down the seafront towards Uphill.

Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race. Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race.

The course saw runners tackle sand, pavement and tarmac over the 10k.

The club has already donated £5,000 to the charity through the registration fees.

Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race. Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race.

The Robins In Training group, who followed an 11-week training programme in preparation for the event, also donated more than £2,000.

The total donation will only continue to rise as runners collect sponsorship money.

Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race. Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race.

Race director Malcolm Gammon said: “It is very fitting for our 30th anniversary race we had more finishers in the 10k than ever before – with 1,976 people crossing the finishing line.

“I have to say this year, the standard was very high in the fancy dress competition with some extremely inventive costumes – hats off to anyone who can run 10k dressed as a fireplace.

Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race. Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race.

“A race like this brings people into Weston which is a benefit to traders and businesses and this year was the best one to date.

“It also helps to put the town on the racing map for people looking for a challenge.

Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race. Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race.

“Runners and spectators have spoken positively about the event and it sells out so quickly, with places going out in July and sold out by September.

“It really is a race everyone can enjoy, with a festive atmosphere that is hard to beat.”

Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race. Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race.

Race leaders Alastair Campbell and Tom Lander were neck and neck throughout the race until the final metres, when Alastair edged ahead and won by just two seconds in 34.47.

Annabel Granger took the top prize for the women for the sixth year in a row, completing the course in 38.33.

Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race. Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race.

The main race was preceded by a junior 2k version which saw Eolin O’Hallara win the boys’ race in 7.45 and Stephanie Brooks win the girls’ race in 7.56.

Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race. Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race.

Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race. Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race.

Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race. Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race.

Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race. Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race.

Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race. Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race.

Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race. Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race.

Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race. Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race.

Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race. Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race.

Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race. Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race.

Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race. Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race.

Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race. Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race.

Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race. Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race.

Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race. Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race.

Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race. Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race.

Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race. Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race.

Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race. Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race.

Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race. Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race.

Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race. Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race.

Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race. Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race.

Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race. Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race.

Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race. Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race.

Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race. Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race.

Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race. Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race.

Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race. Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race.

Start of the 2k mini-cracker for the youngsters. Start of the 2k mini-cracker for the youngsters.

Start of the 2k mini-cracker for the youngsters. Start of the 2k mini-cracker for the youngsters.

Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race. Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race.

Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race. Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race.

Waiting for the start of the 2k mini-cracker. Waiting for the start of the 2k mini-cracker.

Waiting for the start of the 2k mini-cracker. Waiting for the start of the 2k mini-cracker.

Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race. Runners in fancy dress gather for Weston Athletic Club's 10K Christmas Cracker race.

A few photos from the Weston AC organised Christmas Cracker event today. Picture: Chris Cox A few photos from the Weston AC organised Christmas Cracker event today. Picture: Chris Cox

A few photos from the Weston AC organised Christmas Cracker event today. Picture: Chris Cox A few photos from the Weston AC organised Christmas Cracker event today. Picture: Chris Cox

A few photos from the Weston AC organised Christmas Cracker event today. Picture: Chris Cox A few photos from the Weston AC organised Christmas Cracker event today. Picture: Chris Cox

A few photos from the Weston AC organised Christmas Cracker event today. Picture: Chris Cox A few photos from the Weston AC organised Christmas Cracker event today. Picture: Chris Cox

A few photos from the Weston AC organised Christmas Cracker event today. Picture: Chris Cox A few photos from the Weston AC organised Christmas Cracker event today. Picture: Chris Cox

A few photos from the Weston AC organised Christmas Cracker event today. Picture: Chris Cox A few photos from the Weston AC organised Christmas Cracker event today. Picture: Chris Cox

A few photos from the Weston AC organised Christmas Cracker event today. Picture: Chris Cox A few photos from the Weston AC organised Christmas Cracker event today. Picture: Chris Cox

A few photos from the Weston AC organised Christmas Cracker event today. Picture: Chris Cox A few photos from the Weston AC organised Christmas Cracker event today. Picture: Chris Cox

A few photos from the Weston AC organised Christmas Cracker event today. Picture: Chris Cox A few photos from the Weston AC organised Christmas Cracker event today. Picture: Chris Cox

A few photos from the Weston AC organised Christmas Cracker event today. Picture: Chris Cox A few photos from the Weston AC organised Christmas Cracker event today. Picture: Chris Cox

A few photos from the Weston AC organised Christmas Cracker event today. Picture: Chris Cox A few photos from the Weston AC organised Christmas Cracker event today. Picture: Chris Cox

A few photos from the Weston AC organised Christmas Cracker event today. Picture: Chris Cox A few photos from the Weston AC organised Christmas Cracker event today. Picture: Chris Cox

A few photos from the Weston AC organised Christmas Cracker event today. Picture: Chris Cox A few photos from the Weston AC organised Christmas Cracker event today. Picture: Chris Cox

A few photos from the Weston AC organised Christmas Cracker event today. Picture: Chris Cox A few photos from the Weston AC organised Christmas Cracker event today. Picture: Chris Cox

A few photos from the Weston AC organised Christmas Cracker event today. Picture: Chris Cox A few photos from the Weston AC organised Christmas Cracker event today. Picture: Chris Cox

A few photos from the Weston AC organised Christmas Cracker event today. Picture: Chris Cox A few photos from the Weston AC organised Christmas Cracker event today. Picture: Chris Cox

A few photos from the Weston AC organised Christmas Cracker event today. Picture: Chris Cox A few photos from the Weston AC organised Christmas Cracker event today. Picture: Chris Cox

A few photos from the Weston AC organised Christmas Cracker event today. Picture: Chris Cox A few photos from the Weston AC organised Christmas Cracker event today. Picture: Chris Cox

A few more photos of today's Christmas Cracker Event. Picture: Chris Cox A few more photos of today's Christmas Cracker Event. Picture: Chris Cox

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