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Santa Dash report from Kerry

On a breezy morning in December, over 800 Santas descended on Hove Lawns, ready to run the most festive 5km. Having donned the fetching Santa suit, and pinned on my number (pins provided!), it was time to get ready to rock and roll!

3,2,1,go! Off we went, people of all ages and abilities heading towards Hove Lagoon. Enjoy route, spectators were there cheering us on. The best bit was giving High Fives to the children lining the route with their hands held out expectantly.

During the Dash, some were sprinting, some were jogging (including me), and others were walking. The best bit was that everyone was smiling!image

Hove Lagoon was the 2.5k turnaround point, then it was back to Hove Lawns for the finish. More smiles, more High Fives, and a brass band playing “Jingle Bells” boosted the spirits of us Santas, and the Finish line was soon in sight. A final burst of energy saw me cross the line in a respectable 35 mins 51 secs.

I picked up my medal (very good bling) and bottle of water, then it was time to head home. My walk back to the car was great, with Santas everywhere!

I would recommend this run to anyone who wants a nice flat Road route, good bling, and most importantly, lots of smiles!

Merry Christmas!

Kerry Bonham