Multiple Santas from across the site neglected a traditional sleigh and instead ran or jogged a route which started and finished on Farm Way.
Around 50 employees from UKAEA as well as tenant companies completed the course to raise money for The Oxford Foodbank.
Reaching the finish line in first place in was Nicolas Fil (EUROfusion) and Carmen Makepeace (Experiments Dept) was the first woman to cross the line. Winners received a bottle of prosecco to recognise their efforts with the best-dressed runner Angela Manning from Health Physics picking up a chocolate reindeer for her Christmas cracker outfit.
The Oxford Foodbank is run primarily by volunteers, and started small but now supplements over 5,000 meals a week to people living in food poverty.
UKAEA’s Darren Mederick coordinates the QSHE group which organised the event. He said:
“It was a great event and Santa-dressed runners turned out in healthy numbers.
“The Santa Run is a great way to get a real feel for supporting a small, local, charity whilst also getting active and having fun with work colleagues and friends.”
Upon finishing runners replenished their energies with mince pies and chocolates. More than £125 has been raised so far.