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Reindeer running wild in Leeds

20 Dec 2012

Reindeer 1Epilepsy Action’s third annual Reindeer Stampede was declared a huge success after a record number of people ran the 5k route in Roberts Park, Saltaire.

Over 250 runners took part, most wearing festive antlers or full reindeer costume. The event has raised over £4,000 to help support the 600,000 people affected by epilepsy in the UK.

Reindeer 3Steve Wadkins, 43, snagged first place with an impressive time of 18 minutes 47 seconds. He said: “This was great and it’s just three minutes down the road.” As well as a brass band to greet runners as they crossed the finish line, all runners received a medal and a mince pie.

Speaking about the day, Epilepsy Action’s Katie Stocks said: “There was a fantastic atmosphere among the runners… The carols played by the brass band at the start and finish provided a great festive atmosphere for the runners both before the race and after, while celebrating with a mince pie!”

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On top of the 250 adult fun-runners, around 30 children under the age of eight took part in a 1k mini Reindeer Stampede.

Michael White, fundraising officer at Epilepsy Action, said: “We’re delighted with the level of support we have received this year – it has been the most successful Reindeer Stampede yet. A massive thank you to all our reindeer runners, as well as all the marshals and volunteers who helped on the day.”

The date has already been set for next year’s race – Sunday 8 December 2013. This will also take place in Roberts Park, Saltaire in Leeds. Speaking about the race, Michael White said: “People in Saltaire and the surrounding area have always been very supportive of this event.”

If you would like more information about upcoming events, visit our fundraising page.

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