The festive spirit arrived early in Salford this year as almost 400 Santas descended on the Quays to take part in the annual UKFast Santa Run. Sunday’s (29 November) event had a distinctive charitable feel, with runners encouraged to donate gifts as part of Key 103’s Cash for Kids Mission Christmas campaign.
The 5k started at MediaCityUK Square and followed a route through the Lowry Plaza at The Lowry Outlet Mall, over the bridge, past the Imperial War Museum and over the Manchester Ship Canal via the bridge before finishing back in MediaCityUK.
As part of the day’s celebrations, Salford Red Devil players Junior Sau and Ben Murdoch-Masila started the event and were on hand to give out finisher’s medals to each runner and selection boxes to children.
The partnership with Key 103’s Cash for Kids Mission Christmas campaign was announced earlier this month and organisers were encouraging participants to bring along a present to donate to the appeal. Each gift donated by runners will be given to a disadvantaged child. The charity is looking for new and unwrapped presents for children and young people aged 0-18.
Race director Graham Jackson said: “It was great to see so many families and children get into the festive spirit and take part for charity. We even had a couple of animals take part! Everyone made a real effort with their outfits and made the event a day to remember. All runners finished the day a winner and helped raise much needed funds for their charities.”