Hundreds of runners don the red suit and beard for good cause ... but can you spot the real Santa Claus?
Hundreds of Father Christmases descended on Derby in the name of charity this weekend. Martin Naylor reports.
FRIENDS Lorraine Connor, Natalie Alton and Donna Marquess are used to getting up early to exercise.
The trio regularly meet at 5.30am to run around Chester Green.
Between them, they have lost more than 70lb since they took up exercising together.
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So yesterday's Jingle Jog, in Markeaton Park, was – almost literally – a walk in the park for them.
The three friends, who all live in Derby, were joined by almost 500 other Santa Clauses at the event, which was organised by the Derby Hospitals charity.
Lorraine, 46, of Chaddesden, who has lost 51lb in the past two years, said: "We call ourselves the OMG Club because every morning when we meet we say to each other, 'Oh my God, I can't believe we're out at this hour running'.
"So we had Santa hats made with OMG written on them in pink."
Donna, 47, of Spondon, and Natalie, 40, of Allestree, have also lost weight. They said they wanted to take part in the event as a bit of fun.
Donna said: "We were at a party until about 12.30am, so we took it easy going round."
Supporting her was husband Sean, 42, but he decided not to don the Father Christmas suit, instead cheering the trio from the sidelines.
He said: "It beats spending the day walking round the shops at least."
The fun run is now in its fourth year in Derby.
It has helped Derby Hospitals Trust raise more than £30,000 overall and the organisation hoped yesterday's event would net about £10,000.
Julie Chapman, from the trust, said: "Considering it was cold and wet, the turnout was brilliant, with 460 people registered and we thank each and every one of them for their support, along with those who came to cheer them on."
Ellicia O'Dell, a pupil at Village Primary School, in Derby, went dressed as Rudolph to the Jingle Jog.
The seven-year-old, of Sunny Hill, ran the 5km route with mum Liz, who works as a nurse at the Royal Derby Hospital, sister Abbey, 23, and their friends, Kelly Calladine and Sophie Squires.
Ellicia said she enjoyed seeing all the different Santa Clauses.
She said: "I think the one with the longest beard is the real Father Christmas."
Mum Liz said: "There actually wasn't a Santa suit small enough for Ellicia, which is why she's dressed as Rudolph."
A team of nursing and medical students from the city decided to run the route with a different theme – carrying one of them strapped on to a stretcher.
Ash Kumar, from the team, said: "Our theme is 'Santa is sick' so we decided to bring the stretcher along and carry one of us along strapped on to it as something a bit different."
On the stretcher was Misha Iftikhar.
She said: "I don't know if it was a short straw or not because it meant I didn't have to do the run and was carried along by four lads so, in some ways, I got the best deal."
Colleagues from radio communications company Zycomm, based in Nottingham Road, Ripley, also put a team together for the fun run.
Managing director Ruth Nixon was joined by Andy Nixon, Becky and Shane Staley and Lisa and Andy Hyde.
Lisa and Andy's children, Charlotte and Thomas, also joined in the fun, with Thomas dressed as an elf.
He said: "I suppose I do look a bit out of place compared to the others all dressed as Santa Claus."
Ruth said the firm wanted to raise money for the Derby hospitals.
She said: "This is the first time we have done the run and, despite the weather, it was good fun."
Just outside the city at Elvaston Castle, hundreds more donned their Santa Claus outfits for a separate fund-raiser.
A host of Father Christmases chose either a 2.2-mile or 4.4-mile circular jog around the grounds to raise cash for the Rainbows Hospice, in Loughborough.