Santas claw through the crowds in annual dash
RECORD numbers of Father Christmases on two and four legs cut a festive dash through a town centre on Sunday to raise funds for the Hospice of St Francis’ seventh annual Santa Dash.
Clear skies and Lapland temperatures provided the perfect backdrop for the festive fun, which saw teams from all over Bucks and Herts taking part, including mums, dads, kids on scooters and even Husky dogs from the Chesham Charity Crazies team.
“It was so much fun!” said Nigel Brand, from The Chase, Chesham who dashed with his tinsel-clad Husky dogs Alfie and Yukon, together with around 450 others, who all came together through the Chesham Charity Crazies Facebook group.
“It was an amazingly positive atmosphere, running with so many people who, in one way or another, have been touched by the magnificent work that the hospice does. The whole thing was truly astounding.”
Fellow team member Louise Hobley, 37, from White Hill, Chesham, dashed with her three-yearold son Ben “slightly faster than I wanted to because he was on a scooter,” she laughed, “but it was really good fun, Ben loved getting the chocolate hand-outs from the marshalls and he was so proud taking his medal into school the next day.”
Vicki Batterbury, 42, from Fair Leas, was another member of the team, who took part with husband Jason, 43, and children Josh, 12, Amber, seven, and Jake, two, raising