A FESTIVE flood of red filled the streets of Saddleworth as this year’s Santa Dash raised more than £10,000 for charities.
The fifth year of the event proved to be the most successful so far as more than 1,500 Santas of all ages took on the fun challenge, organised by Saddleworth Round Table.
Hundreds of spectators filled Uppermill Park and the village streets to cheer on the runners, walkers and a few four-legged participants as they took on the 2k or 5k dash.
The money raised will be donated by Round Table to local good causes and charities, and an additional £3,000 was raised by partner organisations including Dr Kershaw’s Hospice.
Round Table said: “Organised by a team of 20 or so members of Saddleworth Round Table, the success of this event relies on the efforts and support of a huge number of volunteers and local organisations.
“So a special mention to our 25 volunteer marshals who ensure the safety of all of our Santas. Thanks also to our sponsors who help to cover a decent chunk or our costs.”
Pictures by Carl Royle
The festive fun continued throughout the day in Uppermill with the first Christmas Markets also hosted by Round Table.
And the annual Winter Wonderland event included live music and entertainment on stage and the Christmas lights switch-on.
Saddleworth Morris Men pulled Santa in his sleigh from Saddleworth Museum to the Square for carol singing before the switch-on and a fireworks finale.
Find Saddleworth Round Table on Facebook to find out about their other events throughout the year: https://www.facebook.com/SaddleworthRT/
Santa Dash winners 2k:
1st man – Antony Lamb
1st woman – Sarah Strahand
1st boy – Oliver Redfern
1st girl – Isobel Fahy
Santa Dash winners 5k:
1st man – Carl Jones
1st woman – Jenny Hart
1st boy – Hayden Taylor Walton
1st girl – Alice Cunningham