Christmas comes early in Newton Stewart

Even with the good weather we had over the weekend, it’s never too early to get into the Christmas spirit.

The Newton Stewart Round Table would surely agree. They’re the organisers of the Summer Santa Dash (Sunday, 18 August), a one-mile route marking the end of St Nick’s summer holidays and the start of his efforts to get in shape for the epic efforts he’ll be making throughout the festive season.

The Santa Dash is open to the whole family, so everyone can cheer him on. Entry includes a free Santa hat to help get everyone into the spirit.

For all the Scrooges out there who feel that mid-August is a bit too early to wear a Santa hat, even if it’s free, the ‘Roon the Risk’ 10K – a road race that features spectacular views of the Galloway hills – takes place just after the Dash.

‘Roon the Risk’ follows the same 6.3-mile (not officially measured) course around the Risk Road as used by the morning’s ‘Walk the Risk’ event.

Both the walking and running events starts at Newton Stewart Golf Course and head out to the New Galloway road. From there, both will skirt the edge of Kirroughtree Forest for approximately 2.5 miles before turning left on to the Risk Road, where the half-way point and water station will be placed. The courses then follow the Risk Road back into Newton Stewart and a finish back at the Golf Course.

Entries to the Walk (all ages) and the Run (age 14+) are available online or on the day. Entries to the Santa Dash and the 2k run for those over the ages of eight (with free entry to the Santa Dash) are online only.

Every penny raised from the day’s events will stay in the area and support the Round Table’s works – which include helping Santa, his sleigh and fundraising helpers out and about the local area in the weeks leading up to Christmas.

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