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In pictures: Santa Fun Run in Marlow

Olympic and Paralympic heroes helped kick-start Marlow’s Santa Fun Run yesterday (Sunday).

Rower Naomi Riches, who won gold at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, helped the 2,500 runners limber up as they prepared to tackle the route around the town centre.

Five-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Steve Redgrave then set the army of Santas on its way as he took the role of race starter.

Shoppers ticking off items from their Christmas lists watched on as the fundraisers charged up Marlow High Street and navigated their way around the 5km course before crossing the finish line in Higginson Park.

A cheque for £7,500 was also handed over to Christmas for Kids, the event's lead charity.

The charity, which was founded in 2009, tries to spread festive cheer by performing pantomimes at children’s hospices.

The Rotary Clubs of Marlow, Marlow Thames and Marlow Bridge organised this year’s run.

Lance Slater, a member of the Rotary Club of Marlow, said: "There seemed to be an ever-increasing number of children, people pushing prams and dog walkers with their dogs dressed up which was great to see.

"The whole thing went like clockwork."

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