WINCHESTER'S largest ever Santa Fun Run saw hundreds of dressed-up residents take to the streets.

Naomi House & Jacksplace held their annual festive event to help raise funds for children and young adults cared for at their hospices.

The 5km route began at The Guildhall and took the 850 Santas all over the city.

The run saw 700 Santas take past last year, but this year it sold out early in November, leading organisers to add a further 150 extra places.

The charity has raised £17,500 so far towards the costs of providing a magical Christmas to the region’s life-limited and life-threatened children.

Each participant was given a Santa suit to wear and keep, and a medal to mark their achievement.

Naomi House and Jacksplace chief executive Mark Smith said: "It was brilliantly supported as always - many regard it as the start of Christmas. It's a great family event.

"This is our ninth year and we are growing and growing. For the charity's 21st anniversary and the 10th Winchester Santa Run we are hoping to reach 1,000 runners, so keep an eye out for registration."