Liverpool 2015 Santa Dash proves successful as thousands take to the streets

Liverpool city centre was awash with red and blue as the 2015 Santa Dash took place earlier on Sunday.

The charity fun run, now in its 12th year, kicked off at 9:30am and saw runners complete the 5km route from the Pier Head to Liverpool Town Hall.

Red and Blue Santa outfits were worn with pride as fundraisers braved the cold and wet conditions to raise money for various charities.

There was plenty of fancy dress on display throughout the morning as well – with people donning all manner of costumes, including those dressed as elves, teddy bears and Lego figurines.

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Phil Jessop, from Liverpool, was raising cash for Everton in the Community, one of the five official charity partners of the event.

He said: “The weather wasn’t very pleasant, but it’s been made worthwhile to see everyone raising money for all the good causes.

“Liverpool always comes together for days like today. It’s what makes this city so special.”

Radio City’s Cash for Kids, Claire House Children’s Hospice, Roy Castle Lung Foundation and Jospice were also selected an official charity partner this year.

Leanne Evans was running in aid of Claire House, said that the generosity of the people of Liverpool was unrivalled across the UK.

She said: “Seeing everyone offer their time and money shows just how kind-hearted people from Liverpool are.”

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The official sponsor of the 2015 event was Medicash, a not-for-profit organisation known for its charitable work throughout Liverpool.

Created over 140 years ago, Medicash has a strong tradition of funding voluntary hospitals in and around the city, and has donated over £1m to various causes over the past ten years.

Event organisers BTR Liverpool is the leading independent organisation for creating and hosting such occasions across Liverpool since its inception in 2006.

Last year’s event saw Liverpool achieve the status of the world’s biggest festive fun run after 8,500 runners took part in the spectacle – with BTR Liverpool presented the Santaz trophy in August in recognition of this feat.

And, with early figures suggesting that last year’s record could be broken, Liverpool is looking likely to hold off the challenge from Las Vegas once again.

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