MANORLANDS and Airedale Hospital’s Emergency Department Appeal are among the beneficiaries of a Santa fun run.

A record 1,600-plus runners lined up for Sunday’s 5km event in Skipton.

Many had very personal reasons for taking part. About 40 people ran in memory of Cononley man Jason Kendall, known as Minty, who died last month aged 45. They were raising money for Oxenhope hospice Manorlands, where he spent the last weeks of his life.

Other main beneficiaries of the run included the £100,000 Emergency Department Appeal – launched earlier this year with support from Keighley News – the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and charities of run organiser, Skipton Craven Rotary Club.

The total raised will be announced in the New Year.

Dr Meg Crossley, clinical lead of the Emergency Department Appeal, said: “The funds raised will greatly help our staff to provide high quality care and support to all our patients.”

And Andrew Wood, senior fundraiser at Sue Ryder, said: “The money raised for Manorlands will greatly support our ongoing work.”