14th Liverpool Santa Dash and 5k Fun
Run Report Erica Dillon. Photos on this
page Paul Francis Cooper. Video Patrick Trollope.
THE 14th Annual BTR Liverpool Santa Dash is the UK's
biggest 5K Festive Fun Run and it also had the biggest 1K Mini Dash taking place
just after the Dash finished. This amazing event took place on Sunday, 3
December 2017, within Liverpool City Centre. We are told that a staggering 7,500 red, blue and mini Santas pulled on their trainers to take part this years Santa Dash extravaganza.
With next years being the 15th consecutive year, so lets see if we can build up on
this amazing turn out! The festive spectacular highly regarded as
the City's main kick start to Christmas and has gained international attention,
as its locked in battle to for the World's Biggest Festive Fun Run. Its to early
to say if Liverpool will retain the title, but fingers are crossed...
This year the event was sponsored by Radio
association with Arriva Bus. It was also supported by SP Energy Networks and St
Johns Shopping Centre Liverpool. The Santa Dash official event charity of the
year was Claire House Children's Hospice, which has bases in Wirral and West
Special Santa guests included the Lord Mayor
of Liverpool, Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, who swapped his Mayoral robes and
chains for a red Santa suit and finishers' medal. He was running to raise funds
for the Lord Mayor's Charity Appeal, whose good causes this year are:- 'The ADHD
Foundation,' 'The Owen McVeigh Foundation,''The Choir with No Name,' and
Together NOW!' Also as normal Everton fans' favourite, fundraiser Speedo
Mick, braved the December weather in his usual Speedo attire, taking part and
collect a blue Santa Dash medal. The event also attracted a number of Santas
from overseas, who had travelled from:- Australia, France, Gibraltar, Italy, Spain
and the United States of America specially to take part in this year's event.
Also attending where Merseyside Police cadets and Merseyside Army Cadet
Force who both helped to give out medals
and some even ran in it in full kit!
14 ever present Santas, who have taken part in
every Liverpool Santa Dash, were back to run and collect the 14th medal in their
Santa Dash collection. 4 generations of the Kearon family, who live
in Wirral and Ireland, took part for the first time as a family. The 7 family
members included Mum Pat, Dad Brian, sons Shaun and Stuart, granddaughter Amie,
son-in-law Matt, and great granddaughter Amelia, who is just 3 months old.
Father Christmas from the St Johns Shopping
Centre Grotto made a special trip to officially start the Liverpool Santa Dash
with Leanne and Dave from the Radio City Breakfast Show. Visit the St Johns
Grotto over the festive season.
1st staged in 2004, the Liverpool Santa Dash
was created by BTR Liverpool Race Director Alan Rothwell. The event has since
continued to grow in popularity. In 2007, the festive fun run was expanded to
include the 1K Mini Dash for under 12's, followed by the introduction of blue
Santa suits in 2010 by public demand.
The main Santa Dash was followed by a 1K Mini
Dash for youngsters aged 12 and under. The Mini Dash started in Castle Street,
with youngsters enjoying the same grandstand finish line at Liverpool Town Hall.
Sophie Chilvers, Running and Challenge
Fundraiser at official Santa Dash event charity, Claire House, said:- "We
are thrilled to be the charity partner for the Liverpool Santa Dash. Laughter,
positivity and care are what Claire House is all about, so dressing as Santa and
running through Liverpool City centre is the perfect way to raise vital funds
and make this Christmas magical for all the children and families we support."
The event also held for the very first time a Santa Conga, at
St Johns Shopping Centre, on Thursday, 7 December 2017. The date for the BTR Liverpool Santa Dash 2018
is confirmed as Sunday, 2 December 2018, ALL entries are open now at
BTR Race Director Alan Rothwell commented:- "What another incredible year for the Liverpool Santa Dash. Free bus travel
for Santas was a very generous gesture from Arriva North West, and 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 quite like
Thank you once again to the 7,500 Santas for making the Liverpool Santa Dash
2017 such a special day. From babes in arms to senior Santas in their 80s, it
really was a wonderful spectacle and a brilliant day for all. Each year
thousands of Santas take the dash into their hearts. See you all on 2 December
2018, to do it all over again; we're already counting down the days and entries
are now open."
Again BTR Liverpool, who are the leading independent organisation
for creating, managing and delivering headline race events across Liverpool City
Region have really shown the true festive spirit of Christmas... Well done
and we can not wait to see the 15th in 2018!!!
The next event is the BTR Liverpool ½ Marathon which celebrates its 25 year
milestone event on 25 March 2018.
Its worth noting that the BTR event portfolio for 2017. Its growing
portfolio also includes:- the Mersey Tunnel 10K; Wirral ½ Marathon and 10K;
Port Sunlight 10K and 5K; 52 mile Tour Of Merseyside.
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