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Sunny seafront Santa Dash 2016

Over 200 Santas of all sizes and reindeer dogs gathered to create a very festive spectacle at this year’s Santa Dash in aid of Earl Mountbatten Hospice.

The annual fundraiser is a popular event for all ages and sees the participants run, jog or walk 5km from Ryde Superbowl along the Esplanade to Appley and Puckpool Park, and back again. The event, so far, has raised over £2,700 with sponsorship yet to be received.

This year’s challenge was held on Sunday (4 December) in perfect sunny, yet seasonably chilly, conditions and the Santas were given a warm send-off from a crowd of onlookers and supporters. The first runner through the finishing archway was Nigel Eldridge who completed the course in 23 minutes. The first female runner through was Eilidh McCabe, 15, who finished in 27 minutes. Fergus and Freya McCarthy, aged 7 and 11, were the first children through in 30 minutes. 

Amongst all the runners, one mystery Santa was discovered! Triathlete Liz Dunlop, who earlier this year won gold at the European Sprint Championships in Lisbon, was one of those cleverly disguised as she took on the course. Liz, who is a member of Wight Tri Club, has recently been named as the Wight Tri Female Triathlete of the Year.

Dani Johnson, Community Events Fundraiser, said: “What a great morning! Thank you to all who took part and also to all of those volunteers who helped pull this event together on the day. It’s a lovely end to the fundraising year. Don’t forget to get your sponsorship in, ready for the prize draw on the 16th December (see Facebook for details). I wish you all the merriest of Christmases and hope you will all join us for more epic fundraising in the New Year!”

Nigel Hartley, Chief Executive, who started the race, said: “It was a great atmosphere down on Ryde seafront and we are really grateful to everyone who turned out to make Santa Dash 2016 such a huge success!”

If you would like to get involved in future fundraising events, you can contact Dani Johnson on (01983) 217300, email or visit

 "What should have been a very stressful time was eased by the love, professionalism and warmth we received from all the staff." 


Sandra Aldridge, wife of Colin