A STAMPEDE of RNLI Reindeer Runners braved chilly winter weather to get into the festive spirit and help raise cash for the lifeboat charity.

Held at Bramham Park last month, the Yorkshire RNLI Reindeer Run is one of five held around the UK and Ireland.

The 10k and 5k races, along with the Santa Saunter, attracted a mix of 200 serious athletes, fun runners and families looking for an active day out in the run-up to Christmas.

Malton RNLI branch committee member Michael Hetherton finished second in the 10k race Hannah Jackson, RNLI community fundraising manager, said: “It was a chilly morning, but all the runners really got into the spirit of the day, wearing antlers and Reindeer Run T-shirts and enjoying the warm-up with Rookie the Reindeer at the start.

“We are so grateful to everyone who took part and to the wonderful volunteers who helped organise and marshal the event – without them, it couldn’t have gone ahead.

“All the money raised will directly benefit the RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crews and lifeguards, helping them save lives around the coast – including right here in Yorkshire.”