26 December 2021

Runner completes Christmas Day ultra-marathon dressed as Mrs Claus

26 December 2021

While most people were opening presents and preparing their festive lunch, one woman spent Christmas Day running an ultra-marathon to raise money for a children’s charity.

Tracy Halligan, nicknamed “Tinsel Tracy” by her supporters, spent more than six hours running the 50km (31 miles) through Warrington, Cheshire, in aid of Alder Hey Children’s Charity.


The 51-year-old began her run at 5am on Christmas morning in a specially made Mrs Christmas outfit. She was joined by several other runners during the feat.

Ms Halligan said: “I got up at about 3.30am and began 90 minutes later.

“I did a similar event last year and again saw the sun rise, which was fantastic. It wasn’t as cold this time and I finished just before midday after a few breaks in between.”


Ms Halligan said she was crying as she crossed the finish line, adding it was “such a lovely feeling and very rewarding and emotional”.

She added: “Christmas is a magical time but it’s also a challenging time for some people too.

“If I made people smile then it was all worthwhile. I’ve been blown away by all the support and will definitely be doing it again next year, even bigger and better.

“Thank-you to everyone who has supported me.”


After recovering in a hot bath, she was able to end her Christmas Day by having a meal with her boyfriend.

To donate, visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Tracy-Anne-Halligan1

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