Santa Dash 5K

Who's up for this one then?

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14/09/2006 at 12:57
As a co-world record holder (along with around 4,000 other runners) who paraded around the streets of Liverpool last December in assorted Santa costumes, I fully intend to have another bash at this one.

The event was a really good laugh and there was a fantastic atmosphere. It's for all the family (children, babies, dogs all there last year!!) and it was a fun way to bring my year of running to a conclusion.

Who else is up for it then? Tell your friends about it!!
14/09/2006 at 17:42
I'm doing this - I really enjoyed it last year (thought it was a PW)

I just loved the idea of running with thousands of people dressed as santa, I spent more time walking and looking at everyones costumes etc then I did running, but then I don't think that this race is ideal for a PB :-D
15/09/2006 at 13:48
You're right there JJJ, it's definitely not ideal for a PB. But there again, I don't think it's meant to be! I think that this is one event where times are immaterial and the accent is firmly on fun and raising a bit of dosh for a local charity.

It's not an accurately measured course, so any potential PB baggers would be disappointed. That said, with the numbers involved, it is nigh on impossible to build up a good head of speed, but even if you did, I found it gets darned hot in those Santa suits and the hats are extremely good at heat retention! I must have shed some weight during last years race - only to put it back on during the seasonal festivities of the weeks that followed!!

The world record was confirmed for Liverpool following last years race but from what I read, L'pool are looking to try and beat their own WR this December!!
26/09/2006 at 15:18
I'm a little bit confused about the entry form for this. It seems to say that you have to pay £12.50 to enter, and then promise to fundraise £20.

So does this mean it effectively costs £32.50 to take part in the race? I was going to suggest to some mates going for a Christmas night-out type thingy on the Saturday night in Liverpool, then doing the Santa Dash in the morning. But I doubt I could convince them if its £32.50 (including sponsorships) rather than just being able to pay the £12.50.
26/09/2006 at 15:21
Apparently Las Vegas are going to try to beat Liverpools record in december
26/09/2006 at 15:25
But it won't beat newtown in wales record.

for the most santas having a drunken fight!
27/09/2006 at 14:25
W-Dave - I've not seen an entry form for this year yet but £12.50 sounds about right, even though the entry for last years Dash was only £10 (from memory). Even with a 25% increase, it is still pretty good value as it includes the cost of your full Santa outfit and after last years race, we got what is probably the best stocked goody bag I've ever had after a race - and that includes the FLM!!

The bit about each participant raising £20 in sponsorship was there last year too. Like most things, it's the serious bit of a fun event, where people can have a good laugh from doing the Dash but also do a bit of good in the process. Of course, it's up to each entrant as to how they cover the £20, if you choose to stump for it yourself then yes, it does effectively cost you £32.50 to enter! However, it doesn't take much effort to raise £20 by doing a very simple sponsored event at a workplace or club or even amongst a group of mates in the pub one night!

Last year, I decided to adapt the football card theme that is commonly used as a fundraiser, only instead of it being a grid containing the different names of football teams, I substituted this for a range of finishing times that I might do in the race. I split the most likely 5 minute period that I would expect to run approx 5k into 30 boxes of 10 secs per box and people guess at your predicted finish time. If you charge £1 per box, you raise £30 which is split £10 to the winner and £20 to the charity. Problem solved and it doesn't cost you any extra!!
03/10/2006 at 02:19
I'm deffo doing again. i did it last year and it was a laugh. I could run til about half a mile in tho, cos of the amount of santas and narrow roads.
After the run, was even funnier, loads of santas walking around liverpool shopping!
This is a FUN run, no seriousness please!
03/10/2006 at 02:24
The above should read ' couldNT run til about half a mile in'
05/10/2006 at 18:51
Sounds like a great laugh!!

Is there ample parking for reindeer??
05/10/2006 at 20:48
Loads of parking for reindeer, El Sparrow, and a really nice family event. Did the 5k last year, then escorted my little lad in the under 12s 1 mile race. (He came second, I came 3rd...)

No chips, no prizes, but a really great way to kick off the festive season, even if it does get really hot in the felt Santa suit, and you do breathe in a whole bunch of beard in the sprint finish. I'm bringing a whole posse this year, on the basis that it's good for your 'elf.

06/10/2006 at 20:17
Thanks Boycs. The problem I'm going to face as that all the people I want to talk into doing it would be looking to fundraise mostly from each other. So it wouldn't really work. But the football card idea is a good one.

I hadn't considered suggesting something more constructive than just asking for cash donations so will try to come up with ways to convince people the sponsorship fee is easily achievable.
06/10/2006 at 20:55
I've heard that it is a really gr8 event, and I'm booking me and the kids in for this one! I saw a piccy of the one in Manchester, I think it was, last year. It looked truly amazing to see so many Santas in one place. Might then do the Newtown one next year - which I understand isn't happening this year?
07/10/2006 at 14:55
hi..i did this last year, it's a great event! just don't forget where you leave you car tho!!! my friend and i ended up with a parking ticket as we couldn't find the car park...:-0

..also, do you have to enter kids? or can you just bring them along on the day?
09/10/2006 at 10:24
Lynne, you do have to enter kids, and they get a little santa suit as part of the entry fee too.
09/10/2006 at 11:05
brilliant! i'm going to see if there are kiddy places left!
09/10/2006 at 11:40
I'm doing it, so is my other half, some of my non running friends and probably half the people I work with.. its fun.. and alittle insane .. and its Santa!![/b}
09/10/2006 at 11:58
just bloody hot under those beards lol!
10/10/2006 at 12:38
This sounds brilliant - Does anyone know if there are any more around the country besides Liverpool and Newtown?
10/10/2006 at 12:55
I think there's one in Oswestry planned as well. The Newtown one was due to take a rest so Oswestry stepped forward to hold the event in aid of Hope House, but now the Newtown event is back on.

Very confusing isn't it...

I'm sure there are loads more around the country, it's just that these were the only ones I know about. I'm leaning towards the Oswestry one mainly due to it being my preferred charity out of the Liverpool, Newtown and Oswestry options.
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