Sack of Santas hit streets of Brodick

All of the participants gather for a quick group photo before setting off on the 5K run.

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Pg 26/27 headline: Dashing Santas delight at Brodick fun run

Curious onlookers and delighted young children enjoyed the spectacle of 23 Santas and other festive themed characters running through the streets of Brodick last weekend during the annual Santa Dash.

Organised by Arran Pace Makers the 5K event was open to everyone and prizes were awarded for the best dressed, first place and for the contestant who guessed their completion time.

Starting at the Ormidale Pavilion on Sunday afternoon the festively dressed runners made their way along the Brodick promenade, turning at the ferry terminal, before making their way to the Auchrannie and to the Arran Heritage Museum before returning to the start line.

Participants of all abilities took part in the fun run including 11-month-old Rachel Webb who enjoyed a buggy ride with dad Matt at the reins and mum Fiona running alongside.

Once all of the runners had returned, they warmed themselves from the freezing temperatures with warm drinks and food at the Brodick Golf Club where an informal prize-giving was held for the fastest runners and to hand out the fancy dress prizes.

Jean McInnes, who did all the hard work, thanked the volunteers to helped marshall the event which raised £100 for the Scottish Association for Mental Health.

Arran has two jogScotland registered running groups. The Arran Pacemakers who meet in Brodick on a Tuesday for beginners/returning runners and a mixed ability Wednesday session, which both meet at the Orimidale Pavilion at 5.30pm. The Whiting Bay jogScotlandArran group meets on a Monday night at 5.30pm at the Coffee Pot or Sandbraes park. Both groups resume early in the new year.

All photos by Colin Smeeton

All of the participants gather for a quick group photo before setting off on the 5K run. 01_B51Santa01

JogScotland coach Lorna Logan arrives for the run. 01_B51Santa02

Matt and Fiona Webb made sure to dress daughter Rachel in suitable attire for the run. 01_B51Santa03

Ready to run as staff members of Brodick Primary School prepare to set off. 01_B51Santa04

A jolly band of runners gather at the starting point. 01_B51Santa05

Runners share a laugh as they make their way along the seafront. 01_B51Santa06

A majestic looking Goatfell dwarfs the runners as they make their way towards the finish line. 01_B51Santa07

Still smiling, runners make their way along Brodick Main Road. 01_B51Santa08

Leading the pack, the Webb family begin the slight incline up Auchrannie Road. 01_B51Santa09

Hugh Boag and Jane Mack wave to the camera. 01_B51Santa10

A runner gives the thumbs up as others can be seen making their way along the road. 01_B51Santa11

Julie McGhee looks relaxed during her run. 01_B51Santa12

Jenny Duncan is all smiles as she nears the halfway mark. 01_B51Santa13

Carol Brown takes it all in her stride along Auchrannie Road. 01_B51Santa14

Bringing smiles to spectators faces, Santa appears to be carried aloft by one of his reindeer. 01_B51Santa15

Maureen Laya is in fine form as she nears the halfway point. 01_B51Santa16

Runners make their way along the road with motorists waving and offering their support. 01_B51Santa17