Santa Dashers

St Catherine's Hospice.. Santa Dash.'A team of Santas ready for the dash.'114992e. Picture Kevin Allen.'11/12/11.
St Catherine's Hospice.. Santa Dash.'A team of Santas ready for the dash.'114992e. Picture Kevin Allen.'11/12/11.
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ON YOUR marks, get set, ho ho ho!

Bemused spectators watched on as 270 Santa’s made their way along Marine Drive for the fourth annual St Catherine’s Hospice Santa Dash.

Fun runners young and old took part in the 1.5 mile-dash dressed up as Father Christmas to raise funds for the hospice.

Event organiser Louise Gravestock, from St Catherine’s, said the turnout is proof that the event has established itself as one of the biggest festive events in Scarborough.

She said: “This is our fourth year and it’s just growing and growing.

“For a lot of people, the race is the start of Christmas. Some people finish the race and go straight out to buy their tree.

“We’ve got about 270 Santa’s taking part, although they are just Santa’s helpers, as obviously the real one is quite busy at the minute.”

She praised the team of volunteers and businesses who help make the race possible, and reserved special praise for all the participants, many of whom were racing in memory of loved ones.

And of course there are others who just race for fun along with their family. One such runner was 40-year-old mother Alison Fewster, who lined up along with her two children, Matthew, four, and 16-month-old Ben.

She said: “This is our first year and it’s really nice, just a lovely festive event.

“It’s a fun day and it really gets you in the Christmas spirit.”