BRAVEHEART FUNDRASIERS were praised by delighted charity officials for making Saddleworth’s first-ever Santa Dash a success.
Despite horrendous rain and wind, 93 people of all ages dressed in colourful Santa outfits to tackle the course around the streets of the village.
The happy Santas helped boost funds for the Saddleworth Round Table and their local causes, including their legendary old folks Christmas party.
The adult 5km fun run, which cost £10 to enter including free Santa suit, took a taxing country route from Saddleworth Museum rising to 1,000ft before returning to the Square.
The junior 1m fun run, with entry costing £2, kept closer to the village centre but all the entrants faced howling gale force winds and lashing rain.
Matthew Sykes, Round Tables chair, backed by Dave Wood, said: “The Santas have been marvellous – they’re all heroes.
“We thought the horrific weather would keep entrants away and forecast 50 would enter. But 93 turned up out of 127 who registered which is a terrific result.”
Dave Wood added: “It’s been a great success and the Santa Dash will certainly be part of our Christmas event next year. We’d like to thank everyone for their unstinting support.”
Ribboned medals were handed out to runners as they completed the race, including Rachel Roberts, who completed the 5k course.
She said: “Weather conditions were challenging but there was a great Christmas spirit with everyone determined to take part and finish the course they’d chosen.
“I’ll be back next year,” she said with a smile.