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A sea of red as Santas dash through Orpington

PUBLISHED: 07:00 11 December 2018

People of all ages took part in Orpington's second Santa Dash on Sunday, December 9. Photo: The Urban Snapper

People of all ages took part in Orpington's second Santa Dash on Sunday, December 9. Photo: The Urban Snapper

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Festive feeling went up a gear in Orpington High Street on Sunday, December 9, as hundreds of men, women and children, and the odd dog, took part in the second Orpington Santa Dash, organised by Orpington 1st in partnership with mytime Active.

The 2km fun ran ended in the Market Square.Photo: The Urban SnapperThe 2km fun ran ended in the Market Square.Photo: The Urban Snapper

Participants donned their Santa suits and ran 2km round Orpington’s Priory Gardens, up the High Street, ending up in Market Square where they were welcomed by the sound of seasonal song from an acapella choir.

Runners were rewarded with a souvenir medal and a well-earned drink in a special reusable Santa Dash water bottle.

BID manager for Orpington 1st, Chris Travers, said: “A big thank you to all the runners and their supporters for being part of a great day. It’s particularly pleasing to see so many Santas and their families using the High Street before and after the dash. We’d also like to thank the Bromley Fire Cadets for helping us make sure the event ran smoothly.”

Paul Robson, manager of mytime active’s Walnuts Leisure Centre, said “We’re delighted to have partnered Orpington 1st in bringing this celebration of fun, fitness and festive spirit to Orpington town centre. We’ve had a huge increase in the number of santas registering to take part this year and we look forward to seeing the event continue to grow.”

Even dogs got in on the act. Photo: The Urban SnapperEven dogs got in on the act. Photo: The Urban Snapper

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