Hundreds get up and running for inaugural St Helens Sports Development Santa Dash

Hundreds braved the cold weather on Saturday to take part in the first ever St Helens Sports Development Santa Dash.

Held in the Borough’s green flag award-winning Victoria Park, the event saw over 400 runners don Santa hats, and even Christmas fancy dress outfits, to take part in the 4k fun run from which profits will go to the Mayor of St Helens’ chosen charities; The Steve Prescott Foundation, and St Helens Hospital Diabetes Centre.

Eight-year-old Bobbie Birkett from Grange Park was first over the finish line after completing the run in around 20 minutes, followed closely by his dad, Chris.

Hailing the day a success, Gemma Harkness from St Helens Sports Development, who organised the event, said “We were absolutely delighted to see so many people of all ages and abilities participate in our Santa Dash which was a perfect opportunity for us to promote the benefits of living an active lifestyle, all while raising money for such worth local causes at Christmas time.

“I’d like to say a big a thank you to both St Helens parkrun and Junior parkrun, plus volunteers from local running clubs, including St Helens Striders and MadRunners, who all marshalled on the day and a thank you to St Helens Public Health who supported the event, providing the Santa Hats and medals.

“Feedback from the event has been really positive which is a reward in itself, and we hope to bring this event back to the people of St Helens next year.”


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