CHESTER’s Santa Dash took place yesterday (Sunday 7), with ‘dashers’ braving the cold to run, jog or walk the 3k course, raising money for charity in the process.
Participants in the fun run, including TV presenter Louise Minchin and MP for Chester Stephen Mosley, ran in aid of the Hospice of the Good Shepherd and the Countess of Chester Hospital’s Babygrow Appeal.
This year’s edition was the fourth Santa Dash, with the past three raising more than £120,000 in total.
Event organisers estimate around 1600 people took part, beating last year’s official total of 1392 runners.
The race, the first to finish in the city centre, started at the University of Chester’s Riverside Campus and took runners to and through Grosvenor Park and along the rows, finishing on Bridge Street.
The Hospice of the Good Shepherd is a charity aimed at helping children between the ages of three and 19 who have lost close relatives to meet, and make friends with, children of a similar age who have had similar experiences. The Babygrow Appeal is aimed at raising money to expand the Countess of Chester Hospital’s neonatal unit to provide better facilities and privacy for patients.
Runners, or ‘dashers’, ran alone, with friends, with their kids or even with their dogs. Some groups, like a team from Elegant Address, an overseas property firm, baked cakes to raise money and used the event as a team building exercise and good publicity for their company.
“We saw it as a good opportunity to get together, raise some money and have a laugh!” one member of the team said.
Another added: “It was a bit cold, but once you get into it, you forget about that.
“However my trousers ripped so that let a bit of a breeze in!”
Those taking part, including Minchin and Mosley, also took to Twitter to show their support for the Dash and uploaded pictures of the event:
— Louise Minchin (@louiseminchin) December 7, 2014
More information and photos can be found on the Countess of Chester Fundraising Team Facebook page.