On Sunday 8th December visitors to Brixham’s seafront saw red as 238 Santas came together to take part in the Brixham Seaside Santa Run. Sponsored by MDL’s Brixham Marina in conjunction with the local running club, Brixham Harriers, the run took place to raise money for the Brixham Food Bank.
Andrew Millar, Brixham Marina Manager comments: “It was really good fun, lots of soggy Santas as it didn’t stop raining, but this didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits.”
This is the first run of its kind that Brixham Marina has been involved with. “Normally, we select a charity as a team and buy Christmas cards from that charity to send to our berth holders, but this year we wanted to do something different and a bit more environmentally friendly as well,” continues Andrew.
“The Santa dash just fitted the bill. An active and fun, community event that raises money for a worthwhile local cause. We pledged £500 to support the event and all proceeds from entries and individual fundraising go directly to the Brixham Food Bank.”
The ‘race’ took Santa suit clad runners off road for three kilometres around Brixham Harbour, marina and breakwater. Held in association with Run for Britain the run was fully licensed and open to everyone over the age of nine.
“We were thrilled with the turn out, and the fact that our very own marina operative, Will Whittaker came in second was the icing on the cake. We have already decided to support the event again next year,” says Andrew.