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On your marks, Santas! CHRISTMAS: Red-suited runners are all heart as they aim to sleigh opposition.

Byline: By Jasbir Authi

A FESTIVE throng of Santas will limber up for Christmas by going on a spirited jog tomorrow.

Hundreds of red-suited Santas will be jogging around Birmingham city centre to raise money for charity.

BRMB DJ Tammy Gooding will be hosting the Santa Jog, which has been organised by the British Heart Foundation.

The proceeds will go towards funding lifesaving research into heart conditions.

Scores of the Santas taking part will be jogging in memory of loved ones lost to heart illnesses.

They are due to include Pamela Key, who lost her 29-year-old boyfriend, Alistair Stretch, to Wolff Parkinson White syndrome, which skews electrical signals in the heart.

Pamela will take part in the jog alongside Alistair Stretch's sister, Claire Malloy, and her 10-year-old son, Michael.

Selly Oak Hospital nurse Kelly Evan, aged 25, also plans to be in the line-up.

Her step-grandfather died when she was 15 after suffering his fourth heart attack, and her own grandad also died of heart disease within 12 months.

There will be a warm-up by Fitness First gym staff at 2.45pm and the jog starts at 3pm.

Runners will be asked to cover a mile from Centenary Square along Broad Street, raising money in sponsorship with every step.

There will street entertainment to keep them going, as well as prizes for the best fancy dress and the individual raising the most sponsorship.

Advance registration costs pounds 10 for adults and pounds 5 for under-14s.

All the runners will receive a Father Christmas suit which they can keep.

More information is available at www.bhf.org.uk/santajogs or on0800 169 3672.

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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Dec 8, 2007
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