Santa Dash participants

The 7th annual Nantwich Santa Dash took place today to raise funds for Hope House Hospice, writes Jonathan White.

The best dressed competition was judged by Neil Clarke, of Recycling UK Limited, 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’ of 2.5 kilometres or two laps of 5 kilometres – 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, 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 kilometre Santa Dash was 16-year-old Ryan Harper-Griffiths, who completed the two laps in under 21 minutes.

Liz Parkin, from online community radio station RedShift Radio, compered the event on the town square.

She thanked sponsors, volunteers and participants for making the event possible.

The event was sponsored, for the second consecutive year, by Tarporley-based recycling firm Recycling UK Ltd  who also own Oswestry Waste Paper.

The warm-up was supported by Crewe Hall Leisure, Chatwins Bakery donated the mince pies, Sugro donated the chocolate and Morrisons donated the bottled water.

A finish balloon arch was made by Michelle Shipman from ‘Balloons by Michelle Shipman’.

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.

Warm-up 2

The course was marshalled by Wych-Malbank Rotary Club and Crewe and Nantwich Lions Club.

Neil Clarke, managing director, Recycling UK Limited, said: “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.

(pics by Jonathan White)

Santa Dash participants (2)

Santa Dash participants

Santa Dash participant in shades

Best dressed competition winners receive their prize from Neil Clarke - Managing Director - Recycling UK Limited

Liz Parkin from online community radio station RedShift Radio comperes the event on the town square

The Grinch prepares to run

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