Runners and riders team up for charity Santa Dash 

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Words and pictures by Hugh Boag

Runners and cyclists joined together this year for a special fundraising Santa Dash last Sunday.

The event was held in persistent heavy rain but that did not dampen the spirits of the runners and riders taking part.

It was Brodick running group Arran Pace Makers which had the idea of the fundraiser for the charity MND and members were joined by jogscotland running group from Whiting Bay along with the Arran Belles, Arran Bike Club and Arran Gravel Riders as well as two mums with their prams – one a double buggy.

After the event the runners and riders enjoyed a get-together in the clubhouse at Brodick Golf Club where a raffle, together with the dash entry fees, has so far raised £701.45 for the MND charity.

Janis Small from the Arran Belles said: ‘We would like to thank Brodick Golf Club for its hospitality, local businesses which donated raffle prizes, including the Co-op, the Arran Cheese Shop and Amy Tattersfield as well as everyone who supported by donation or providing raffle prizes.

‘In particular Carol Vella Boyle in France, Chris Hogge in Thailand and the paralympian Mel Nichols.

‘This was just a small, last-minute fundraiser so we are delighted to raise, so far, £701.45 for MND, a heartbreakingly cruel illness.

‘We all feel more involved as fellow Belle Sue Berry is suffering from this illness, thus we want to help in any way we can.’ she added.

Any further contributions can be given to Janice Small or Lorna Logan of the Arran Pace Makers.