Article and images by Jonathan White
The seventh annual ‘Nantwich Santa Dash’ took place on the morning of Sunday 16th December 2018.
Liz Parkin from online community radio station RedShift Radio compered the event on the town square. She thanked the sponsors, volunteers and participants for making the event possible.
The best dressed competition was judged by Neil Clarke and was then followed by an energetic warm up to Christmas music before everyone moved to the start line.
There were two Santa Dash distances – one ‘lap’ (2.5 km) or two laps (5 km) – which both followed the same route within the town.
The race was started by Neil Clarke. There were participants dressed as Santa Claus, Mrs Claus, reindeer, a Christmas pudding, elves, snowmen and a Grinch.
There were also several reindeer dogs and an assortment of sleighs.
Each finisher received a medal, mince pie, chocolate and bottle of water.
First to cross the line in the 5 km Santa Dash was 16-year-old Ryan Harper-Griffiths who completed the two laps in under 21 minutes.
Adam Goodwin displayed his renovated Hyundai Coupe, owned by his 10-year-old son, George, which he has converted to look like Lightning McQueen from Pixar film Cars.
The course was marshalled by Wych-Malbank Rotary Club and Crewe and Nantwich Lions Club.
Neil Clarke commented: “We have helped Hope House for several years with their fundraising.
“It is a charity close to our hearts as we own a business in Oswestry near Hope House. We are proud to be involved in this event.”
Proceeds from the Nantwich Santa Dash will go to Hope House for children who are not expected to live longer than early adulthood.