The sea of red and blue Santas on the first Sunday in December is not just becoming a regular feature in the Merseyside festive calendar but one that arguably kickstarts the festive season for the region. Close to 7,500 took part in BTR Liverpool’s Santa Dash, a staggering figure for an event that has been a source of festive fun in the region for 14 consecutive years.
Sunday’s Santa Dashers transformed Merseyside into a sea of red and blue Santas as they congregated at Pier Head and made their way over a 5k course that moved through the city centre before a grandstand finish outside Liverpool Town Hall.
There were some special guests in attendance, including the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, who swapped his Mayoral robes and chains for a red Santa suit and finishers’ medal. Everton fans’ favourite, fundraiser Speedo Mick, who braved the December weather in his usual speedo attire to take part and collect a blue Santa Dash medal.
Also taking part were 14 die hard Dashers, who have taken part in every event since it was launched in 2014 and were delighted to add a 14th medal to their Santa Dash collection.
BTR race director Alan Rothwell commented on what was a fantastic day for the region: “What another incredible year for the Liverpool Santa Dash. The sea of red and blue Santas at the Pier Head really is a breathtaking sight.
“Heading over the Churchill Flyover remains a massive highlight of the route, as does the fantastic Katumba drumming band welcoming Santas onto Dale Street. Stilt-walking festive characters and real snow at the Liverpool Town Hall finish line all add to the Santa Dash experience – there really is no event like it.”