At least 700 runners turned out for yesterday’s first-ever Santa Dash in Dundee.
The event was held in aid of the Archie Foundation’s Tayside Children’s Hospital Appeal.
Garry Smith, events and promotions officer for organisers Leisure and Culture Dundee, told the Tele: “The day was absolutely amazing — it could not have gone any better.
“About 700 Santas turned out which made the city centre a sea of red costumes.
“The sun was shining for the runners which was fantastic.
“I really can’t thank everyone enough for turning up on the day. It was just incredible.”
After a warm-up in City Square, the route took runners on a 4km dash around the city centre.
Garry said that all the participants seemed to have a great time.
He added: “Everyone had great big smiles at the finish line.
“Some of the runners seemed to sprint round the two laps in no time at all and others took a bit longer but that didn’t matter as everyone seemed really happy.”
It seems the Santa Dash is here to stay, with Garry confirming: “We are definitely going to make this happen on a yearly basis.
“We want to make it even bigger and better next year.
“We had 700 runners this year so let’s aim for 1,000 next year and we can see where we can take it from there.”
Garry said he also wanted to thank the numerous companies and organisations who backed the event, including the Evening Telegraph.
Don’t miss tonight’s paper for a special picture pull-out from the event – and a roll of honour with the name of EVERY participant.