CHRISTMAS may be two weeks away but that didn't stop hundreds of people getting into the festive spirit on Sunday.
Melton Country Park was a sea of red as people donned Santa suits complete with beards to take part in a 5km charity fun run.
A "best dressed dogs for Christmas" competition got things started before "Healthy Elf" and some loud music helped warm everyone up before the run.
Among those taking part were the Harrison family who were running to raise money to buy a ReWalk suit for their dad, Andy.
Andy, from Tamar Road in Melton had a benign tumour removed from his spine a few years ago but complications led to him being permanently in a wheelchair.
He and his family now hope to raise more than £20,000 to buy him a robotic suit that would enable him to walk.
His daughter Hannah (16) and wife Keeley were joined by 17 others from the NFU office on Asfordby Road, who hoped to raise over £400 for the Andy Harrison Mobility Appeal.
Also running for her chosen charity was Nicole Knight (21) from Melton, who said: "I'm running to raise money for Macmillan because my friend's mum died of cancer last year."
Organised by the Melton Rotary Club, the event was one of hundreds of Santa runs taking place up and down the county this weekend.
Runners, walkers and even wheelchair users chose the charity they wanted to raise money for and the £10 adult entry fee, which included a free Santa suit, was donated to local charities supported by Rotary.
One of the organisers, Ron Edwards said: "The event is brilliant because it brings a lot of people together, everyone has a smile on their face, but the main thing is it raises money for local clubs and associations.
"People get to do some good and have fun which is really what Christmas is all about."
Organisers hope this year's Melton event will raise around £8,000 for various charities.