The start of the Nantwich Santa Dash

Hundreds brave the chill to enjoy the popular Nantwich Santa Dash in aid of a local hospice.

Liz Southall, from Nantwich-based 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, judged by 1st Choice for Homes, was won by David Barley from Nantwich and Sally Tolhurst from Leek as they each dressed as a Christmas present box, complete with flashing fairy lights!

There was a warm up from an Instructor from Everybody  followed by a reminder of the two new routes (2.5km or 5km) around the town before the 200 runners moved to the start line for the 11am set off.

There were people dressed as Santa Claus, Mrs Claus, elves, inflatable Santas, along with several Santa dogs.

The last people crossed the finish line on 50 minutes.

Each finisher received a medal, chocolate, mince pie and bottle of water.

Nantwich Santa Dash competitors

All proceeds from the event will go to Hope House Children’s Hospices.

The race was once again generously sponsored by 1st Choice for Homes, with the chocolates supplied by Sugros Cash & Carry, and the mince pies by Chatwins.

The course was marshalled by the Rotary Club of Crewe & Nantwich Weaver and teenagers from National Citizen Service (NCS).

Race organiser Hannah Penney said: “We thank everybody for attending today’s event.

“It was lovely to see so many people getting in the festive spirit and supporting the charity. We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”

(Words and pics by Jonathan White)

Santa Dash - Best dressed competition winners David Barley and Sally Tolhurst with judges and Liz Southall

Santa Dash - Instructor from Everybody provides a pre-race warmup

Nantwich Santa Dash with St Marys Church in the background

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