Set Santa record Dec 19

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The attempt on the record for the largest number of Santas on bikes has changed date and venue.

And you now only need to commit to raising £20 as minimum sponsorship. So far around 2000 riders have committed. But there's a way to go to beat the record.

That's currently held by the Portuguese, with 5433 biking Saint Nicks. Charity organisers were aiming to claim the record for the UK on December 5 this year at Silverstone.

But a last minute dispute over marshalling has meant the venue has now switched to Rockingham, Northants and the date is now December 19.

Silverstone agreed to provide the circuit free of charge. But it was also agreed with Record Breakers that the charity would cover "minimal costs for marshals, crowd stewards and medical cover."

Silverstone says Record Breakers contacted them on November 25 to cancel the event "as they felt unable to justify covering those costs due to the lack of public support and entries received."

Record Breakers' Michael Callard says the amount Silverstone wanted for those costs was in excess of a figure it felt could be justified to fundraisers - and that they were given just 24 hours to pay or find an alternative marshalling solution.

Mr Callard says anyone who has any remaining concerns about the project should contact him on the number listed below.

"All we want to do is raise some money for charity and break a record," he said.

The change of date means - due to Christmas deadlines - MCN's print issue will not be able to cover the record attempt.

The money raised is promised to new children’s cancer charity Antics.

Find out more, here or call 0870 224 2245 to take part. OR click here to send an email. Include your contact details.

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