Seeing red: Time to sign up as Santa Dash returns to Uppermill

A TOTAL of 1,750 Santas will add a splash of annual festive colour to Uppermill this Christmas.Saturday, December 7 is the date for the 2019 5K and 2K Santa Dashes and Winter Wonderland spectacular organised by Saddleworth Round Table.

Chairman Andrew Rothwell said: ”The event has become a highlight of the Saddleworth calendar because of its family friendly nature, fun and lively seasonal atmosphere.

“Our organising committee is even more thrilled to announce some tweaks to the event with the first Saddleworth Christmas Markets, and a move to the Santa Dash’s new permanent home in Uppermill Park.

“In addition to browsing the home-made crafts and gifts available on stalls from our Christmas Market, visitors can take a sip of a heart-warming mulled wine.”

The Santa Dash begins at 2.30pm, with the warm-up from Shaw-based Anna’s Dance group at 2pm.

Entrants have the choice of a gentle 2km route, suitable for push chair, or a more adventurous 5km route into Greenfield and returning to Uppermill park.

Added Mr Rothwell: “Both routes leave from the same place at the same time heading down Uppermill High street giving a real spectacle to proceedings before the routes split and the Santa’s spread out. “

The Winter Wonderland parade and Christmas lights switch on, complete with Santa and his Morris Men reindeer helpers and carol singing, begins at 4pm.

Saddleworth Round Table is a volunteer-run organisation and raises funds passed on to local groups .

Last year, £25,000 was donated to local worthy causes. Tickets for this year’s Santa Dash cost £15 for adults and £5 for children.

Tickets include a full Santa suit (hat only for children), running number and finishers medal.

Tickets can be purchased through the Saddleworth Round Table Facebook page @facebook/saddleworthRT, follow links to Eventbrite.

Entry to the Winter Wonderland and Christmas Markets are free, however, donations to programmes are always appreciated.

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