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Santa Dash and Reindeer Run raises more than £3,000 for Bishop's Stortford Mencap centre Grove Cottage

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A record 180 people ­– virtually half of them from one school – took part in this year's Grove Cottage Santa Dash and Reindeer Run and raised more than £3,000 for Bishop's Stortford's Mencap centre.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the festive fun run, now in its sixth year, had to be staged remotely.

Participants, including members of The Bishop's Stortford High School (TBSHS) running club and Inca Scouts, donned festive apparel and chose their own 5k route to run.

Four runners at Sworder's Field
Four runners at Sworder's Field

The TBSHS entrants gave the London Road-based charity a big boost in terms of entrant numbers: 82 students, together with seven sixth-form helpers and 13 members of staff, assisted in running the event over three days.

Their route took them from near Thorley Quarry to the end of Moor Hall Lane and back. Their fundraising total amounted to around £1,200.

All money raised from the event will help Grove Cottage to continue to offer clubs and services for local adults and children with learning disabilities.

Jane Malone and Santa
Jane Malone and Santa

Jeannie Philip, Grove Cottage's community fundraising manager, said: "It was heart-warming to see so many people support our Santa Dash virtually this year and we really are so grateful to everyone for their support.

"We're thrilled that everyone had so much fun and hope this event has got everyone feeling Christmassy.

"We'd like to thank our event sponsor, HardSoft Computers, for once again supporting the event."

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