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Spot the Santa!


A seasonal scene at the Dare Valley Country Park

More than 400 people put on the big red suit to take part in Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s annual Santa Run - all raising cash for the Mayor’s Charity Appeal.

Held at the Dare Valley Country Park, Aberdare, the festive fun was a seasonal spectacular for all ages.

The Santa Run was officially started by Rhondda Cynon Taf Mayor, Cllr Ann Crimmings, Mayor of Rhondda Cynon Taf and also Secretary of Aberdare Valley Amateur Athletics Club.

There were two events on the day - a 5km Santa Run and a 2km Santa Family Run (suitable and accessible for wheelchair users). Other attractions included a Christmas Market.

Organised by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and its Sport RCT department, all proceeds raised on the day will go to the Mayor’s Charity Appeal, this year supporting Guide Dogs Cymru, Macmillan Cancer Support (RCT) and Diabetes Peer Support for Children (RCT).

All those who took part were given a Santa suit, a medal to all junior finishers, and a mince pie and a hot drink to all finishers.

Prior to the races, all Santa participants were put through their paces by fitness instructor Suzi Hopkins and the Fit2Dance Group.

The Dare Valley Country Park, situated in a former coal mining area in the Cynon Valley, was officially opened in 1973. An area of natural beauty, the popular tourist attraction includes two lakes, many miles of walks and cycle paths, a visitor centre and an accommodation block.

The Santa Run was fanatstic preparation for the Nos Galan Road Races, which take place in Mountain Ash on New Year's Eve.

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