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Santa Dash 2023

The annual Leighton Santa Dash had a record 174 runners taking part on Saturday 25 November. The family event organised by Leighton Fun Runners (LFR) as part of the towns Christmas Festival weekend saw runners of all ages don their Santa suits and run 5km around the town.

The runners were encouraged to take part in the short warm up, provided by Tiddenfoot and then set off under the LFR inflatable arch around the park.For the first time, the event started and finished in the Parsons Close park although the rest of the route was largely unchanged taking the festive participants out of the park, along Grovebury Road, into Tiddenfoot Park and back again. Younger runners had the option of taking a shorter option of 2km or 3km but all earning themselves a medal.

Tam Quinn, the Race Director, said he was absolutely delighted with how the event went and how it is always a great pleasure to organise such a fun event for all the family and thanked all the volunteers and participants for taking part.

Participants were encouraged to dress up in something festive, with Santa suits available for purchase on the day, making quite a sight as they headed off around the park.

The event was fully organised by Leighton Fun Runners, who provided all the  enthusiastic marshals along the route. The club thanked Leighton Linslade Sports Council for their financial support with £1,400  profits from the event being donated to the Leighton Linslade Helpers.