Ho-ho-ho-ing all the way for a good cause

Limelight choir performing at the Santa Dash.
Limelight choir performing at the Santa Dash.

The streets of Arbroath were awash in red felt and fluffy beards on Sunday as more than 100 Santas dashed through the streets.

Organised by the Angus Committee of Cancer Research UK, the first ever Arbroath Santa Dash attracted 110 participants who started outside Arbroath Abbey and raced through the streets to Victoria Park, all dressed up like St Nicholas himself.

Little Santa, Conor Cuthill looked surprised to see 'snow' at the Santa Dash.

Little Santa, Conor Cuthill looked surprised to see 'snow' at the Santa Dash.

Alana Loudon, chair of the Angus Committee, was delighted with the result and told The Herald: “The weather was fantastic, it was really kind to us, and with the Abbey as a backdrop it was a really pretty setting.

“We think people were quite delighted with the event we think, we’ve had some really great feedback and we’re looking forward to 2017 for another Santa Dash.”

This is the first time the committee have run a Santa Dash in the town and next year they hope to take this show on the road!

“The Angus Committee would like to thank everyone involved.

Teddy decided to dress as a reindeer for the event.

Teddy decided to dress as a reindeer for the event.

“Everyone contributes to getting events like this off the ground, especially the first one!

“We’re already looking to do it all again next year, and if we can do it in other Angus towns it would be nice to take the Santa Dash on tour. We’re looking forward to 2017 and hopefully visiting other towns!”

Currently sponsorship money is being collected by the participants and the Angus Committee hope to be able to announce in the run up to Christmas the grand total raised.

In particular the Angus Committee would like to thank a number of people, businesses and groups. Alana said: “Santa and the elves would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who made the first Cancer Research UK Santa Dash such a success.

Santa Dash Arbroath

Santa Dash Arbroath

“Many thanks to Erin Linton, Angus Council, Police Scotland, St Andrews Ambulance volunteers, Arbroath Air Cadets, our volunteer stewards and many helpers, Tesco and Morrisons, the Herald and the Courier, Arbroath Abbey staff, Limelight and everyone at the Portcullis.

“A special thank you to all the ‘Dashers’ (four-legged as well). When the elves get the paperwork sorted we will draw the raffle to win a meal at the Portcullis.

“We hope you enjoyed the ‘Dash’ as much as we did and Angus Committee look forward to seeing you in 2017 joining us on the Santa Dash tour of Angus towns; coming to an Angus town near you! Have a lovely Christmas and thank you for supporting us once again.”

Santa Dash Arbroath

Santa Dash Arbroath

Santa Dash Arbroath

Santa Dash Arbroath