900 runners bring festive spirit to the streets of Saltford at sixth Santa Dash

December 23 2018
900 runners bring festive spirit to the streets of Saltford at sixth Santa Dash

It’s become a fixture of the festive calendar locally and this year almost 900 Santas lined up to join the Saltford Santa Dash to support some good causes – and to tackle their own personal challenges.

The popular run returned on December 2, setting off from and finishing at Saltford Sports Club, where for the first year there was also a Best Dressed Dog competition, which featured reindeer costumes, Santa and even a pantomime dame.

Every entrant completed the five-mile course, with Adam Whittaker the first male to cross the finish line, Elizabeth Sanigar the first female, Harry Williams the first young male and Amy Nicholls the first young female.

Among the runners was Mark Griffiths, a member of the local Salt and Sham Cycle Club, who has been working his way back to fitness with personal trainer Mark Spairing following a serious cycling accident in July 2017.

Mark was cheered on at the Santa Dash by members of Salt and Sham, who help marshal the event, and was joined by members of his family, including his sister Karen who had been inspired by Mark to take part in her first distance run.

One of the organisers said: “Spurred on by Mark’s determination, she proves that this community event is for everybody regardless of experience. She was the last lady to finish but that gave Adam – another member of Salt and Sham and the first male back – time to have a lovely cup of tea ready and waiting for her.”

The event was held in aid of Jessie May Children’s Hospice at Home and YoungMinds, and the organising committee said they were thrilled with the support shown by the community and businesses in the form of sponsorship, marshalling, participating and spectating.