Glasgow’s city centre was transformed into a sea of red and white on Sunday (6 December) as a record 6000 Santas descended upon George Square for the 9th annual Glasgow Santa Dash. Participants were greeted with a rare glimpse of sunshine as the rain and wind of Storm Desmond subsided for the duration of the 5k race.
The first to cross the finish line was 44-year-old Richard Cooper (18:12) followed 30 seconds later by his 15-year-old son Kieran.
Richard said: “We’ve done it the last three years and I just think it’s such a brilliant atmosphere. That view you get looking back over all the Santas is once a year and it is such a good cause.”
Eve Osborne, who took part in the event for the first time, commented: “I really enjoyed it. It was so fun seeing all the Santas parading through the city centre. We were really lucky with the weather too. It’s all for charity too so that makes it even more worthwhile.”
As well as locals there was an international contingent at the event with runners coming form several countries including Malaysia, Sweden, and France. The 5k race has raised more than £100,000 for various charities since it began in 2006.