More than 150 Santas took part to fundraise for charity partner Claire House Children’s Hospice, which has bases in Wirral and Liverpool. Santas gathered at Pier Head Liverpool before setting off on the 5K route, which took them through the Grade I Listed Royal Albert Dock Liverpool and the city centre, before enjoying a grandstand finish outside Liverpool Town Hall. Royal Albert Dock Liverpool featured for the second year and now replaces the Churchill flyover part of the route.
The event also included the Mini Dash 1K, sponsored by The World’s Famous Grotto at St Johns Shopping Centre, for youngsters aged 12 and under.
All Santas were given a special finish line celebration on Dale Street with entertainment from Liverpool drum/percussion band Katumba drumming band, stilt walking festive characters, and ‘real’ snow as they completed the Santa Dash and collected their commemorative finishers’ medal. The BTR Liverpool Santa Dash is an accessible event and is open to everyone. The event attracts wheelchair participants, walkers, joggers and runners, taking part with friends, families, charities, colleagues – even tiny Santas in prams and countless four-legged furry Santas.
For third consecutive year, Arriva North West offered Santas free travel on the Arriva bus network across Merseyside throughout Santa Dash day.
It was a poignant day for the Furlong family from Aintree, who took part in memory of their mum Jayne who passed away suddenly in August. Jayne had previously taken part almost every year, and also volunteered when Scottish Power was a sponsor in 2017. The group of 30 included Jayne’s daughters Emma and Sophie; Emma’s 18-month old daughter Esme; and best friend Debbie Ashton. The BTR Liverpool Santa Dash acts as a platform for community groups, businesses and charities to fundraise independently while taking part.
First staged in 2004, the BTR Liverpool Santa Dash was created by BTR Liverpool Race Director Alan Rothwell.
BTR Liverpool is the leading independent organisation for creating, managing and delivering headline race events across Liverpool City Region. Its portfolio also includes the BTR Mersey Tunnel 10K; Port Sunlight Road Race 5K and 10K; and the 52-mile Tour Of Merseyside.