Anyone suffering the effects of Christmas revelry at the weekend could well have thought they were seeing double on Saturday when more than 300 Santas ran through the streets of Falmouth.

All dressed in the same red outfit, the runners were raising money for Cornish Hospice Care as part of its annual Santa Run series that takes place in towns all over the county.

This year 334 people took part in the Falmouth event, gathering on The Moor for a warm up before running through the town to the finish line, where every participant received a medal and a mince pie.

They ranged from young children all the way through to pensioners, but each one had a common aim - to raise as much money as possible to support people with terminal illnesses at Cornwall's hospices, Mount Edgcumbe in St Austell and St Julia's in Hayle.

The charity's nursing teams also support patients and their families at other hospitals in the county, at care homes and even in people's own homes.

Claire Lyden, events and community manager for Cornwall Hospice Care, said: “We would like to thank everyone who has supported us at the Falmouth Santa Run, including our title sponsor Atkins Ferrie Wealth Management for supporting us this year in the Santa Series. Thanks also to the Co-op for the mince pies.

"We would also like to thank the many volunteers who came along and helped at registration and marshalling the route; we couldn't run such fantastic events without you."

This weekend marked the end of the Santa Series for 2017, but organisers have promised it will be back again next year.

It costs more than £5 million to provide its specialist care, with only 20 per cent of it funded through a contribution from Cornwall’s NHS Commissioners.