DESPITE the driving wind and strong winds, North Berwick and Yellowcraig beaches were again awash with Santas and elves on Christmas Eve.

A total of 130 children and adults braved the conditions to take part in the North Berwick Santa Beach Run, choosing to run 2k, 5k or 10k.

Now in its seventh consecutive year, the event is a well-established fundraiser.

Organisers Cath Brookes and Saartje Drijver said that the event only cost £230 to run. Costs included online administration fees, public liability insurance and locally made prizes.

This year, the run raised £2,200 for the charity Diapalante in Senegal.

Diapalante delivers community-based education. The centre is run by a local manager supported by two British volunteers and is open to everyone, providing classes in IT skills, English and French and helping people to find opportunities within their community.

Cath said: “We love organising this event.

“It’s a joy that so many local residents are happy to help out, take part or come to the beach to watch all the Santas, elves and Christmas trees run along the beach.

“Our family has a connection with Diapalente in Senegal and we have visited. It is a great example of a charity that supports people to gain skills so that they can increase their employability within their community.

“The event was well supported by friends and family, Steampunk, and Ali Blevins Art. The organisers are extremely grateful to them all."