Scouse Santas make their annual dash through the city centre streets

The 14th annual Liverpool Santa Dash saw more than 8,000 Scousers don red and blue Santa suits for the UK’s biggest festive 5k run.

The record-breaking fun run started at the Pier Head and took participants through the city centre, ending up outside the Town Hall.

BTR Race Director Alan Rothwell said: “We staged the very first Liverpool Santa Dash in 2004 and, little did we realise back then, that so many people would take the festive fun run into their hearts.

“It’s a really special day for everyone involved – the smiles on everyone’s faces says it all.”

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Last year, Liverpool ranked second in the world for their Santa Dash, with Las Vegas narrowly claiming the title with just under 8,000 runners.

This year’s event attracted not only locals, but people from across the globe.

People from Germany, America & Australia came to take part in the festive fun in Liverpool this weekend.

The Everton FC fundraising favourite, Speedo Mick, poses with fans at the 2017 Santa Dash event Picture © Twitter – @LynseyBoyd86

Amongst the masses of Father Christmas lookalikes were some local famous faces, like Everton FC’s favourite fundraiser, Speedo Mick.

Year on year, the Santa Dash proves to be a big success, raising money for hundreds of different charities.

Claire House Children’s Hospice, which has bases in Wirral and Liverpool, is the official charity for the Liverpool Santa Dash 2017, but many people were running in aid of other charities as well.

The festive fun will continue at Liverpool’s St Johns Shopping Centre on December 7th, with a fundraising Santa Conga which starts at 6pm in Roe Street.


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