Merseyside was once again transformed into a sea of red and blue Santas as it hosted its annual festive fun run last Sunday (6 December). In what was the 12th edition of the Santa Dash, over 7,000 runners dawned Father Christmas outfits to bring some early festive cheer to the city and raise valuable funds for charity.
The field 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. Despite strong rain and winds throughout the morning, the event once again consolidated its status as Europe’s largest festive celebration of running.
One of the central aims of the event is to raise funds for charity: in line with this, 50 firefighters and staff from Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service swapped their work attire for Santa suits to raise funds for The Fire Fighters Charity.
The other official charity partners who benefited from the fundraising efforts from Sunday’s runners were Radio City’s Cash For Kids; Claire House Children’s Hospice; Everton in the Community; Jospice; and the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation.
The Medicash Santa Dash is organised by BTR Liverpool who are also behind the Vitality Liverpool Half Marathon, Tour Of Merseyside, Tunnel 10K and award-winning Wirral Half Marathon/10K. More information on the rest of BTR’s events, and what they have in store for 2016, is available here.