FATHER Christmas paid an early visit to Dalby Forest to help launch Yorkshire Cancer Research’s new festive-themed fun run.

The charity is inviting families to take part in a 5k run or a 2k dash for children at the forest on Sunday, December 3. All participants will be provided with a Santa suit and medal at the finish line.

The event is being supported by the Active Forest partnership between the Forestry Commission and North Yorkshire Sport.

Abbie Davis, events and partnership officer at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: “We can’t wait to welcome families to our exciting new Santa fun run at the beautiful Dalby Forest.

“With the chance to run, jog or walk through some of Yorkshire’s most picturesque woodland while supporting a great cause, it’s the perfect way to start the festive season.”

For more information and to sign up, go to ycr.org.uk/santafunrun