Scouse Santas kick start Christmas
The home of the Fab Four hosted thousands of red and blue Santas on Sunday (1 December) at the UK’s biggest and best festive 5K. It was beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the BTR Liverpool Santa Dash.
The 16th BTR Liverpool Santa Dash started at 9.30am from the Pier Head in front of the Liver Buildings where the two famous birds gazed down at the sea of Santas. Dressed in a red suit (Liverpool FC) or blue suit (Everton FC) they ran, jogged or walked a 5K route around the city centre before finishing outside the Town Hall, Castle Street where they were greeted by stilt walkers and 'snow' as they collected their commemorative medal.
Children were encouraged to have a go at the 1K Mini Dash that was held at 11.00am from Castle Street. They were escorted by their parents, many of whom had taken part in the 5K before dashing back to cheer on their young Santas. The youngsters received a medal and a selection box at the finish.
This was a boss event that heralded the start of the Christmas countdown and got everyone in the mood for tinsel and turkey.
There was plenty of Christmas spirit at this traditional fundraiser for good causes. Official charity partner Claire House Children’s Hospice were out in force raising much need funds for its two sites in Liverpool and the Wirral which provide help and specialist care to terminally ill children and their families.
City businesses including St John’s Shopping Centre, the World’s Famous Grotto and Arriva North West lent their support along with the Royal Albert Dock and Radio City to make Liverpool Santa Dash the brilliant curtain raiser to Christmas on Merseyside that it is.
Image courtesy of Terry Forrest