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All Aboard For The UK’s Biggest Festive Fun Run

A GROUP of 40 Santas toured the city on an open-top bus to launch this year’s Radio City Liverpool Santa Dash which takes place on Sunday, 4 December.

A whole host of familiar faces including actors from Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Benidorm and Love Island hopped onto the Liverpool City Sights open-top bus with Father Christmas to take the Santa Dash message on the road.

The Thomas brothers turned out in force to support the event – Ryan plays Jason Grimshaw in Coronation Street; Adam plays Adam Barton in Emmerdale; and Scott has appeared in dating series Love Island.

They joined Liverpool actors Philip Olivier and Kurtis Stacey, sponsors, and representatives and mascots from the event’s official charities – Radio City’s Cash For Kids, Everton in the Community, and Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice.

A team of 20 personal training and fitness instructor students from The City of Liverpool College also took part. They are volunteering at the Santa Dash.

Liverpool actor 36-year-old Philip Olivier, who shot to fame in soap Brookside as Tinhead and has also appeared in comedy series Benidorm, pulled on a Santa suit ahead of the festive event and really got into the festive spirit.

Philip Olivier commented: “It’s been a while since I’ve done the Liverpool Santa Dash, so I thought it was time to get back out there. It’s time to pull on that red suit again and dash round this fantastic city, it’s definitely the best way to kickstart Christmas. It’s a brilliant event for all the family with Santas raising thousands of pounds for charity. So what are you waiting for – come and join us on 4 December for the UK’s biggest festive fun run. I can’t wait.”

Organisers BTR Liverpool are encouraging Santas to sign up to make the 5K festive fun run bigger than ever before in a bid to win back the world title from Las Vegas. More than 1,500 Santas have already registered.

The Radio City Liverpool Santa Dash starts at Pier Head Liverpool at 9.30am and finishes outside Liverpool Town Hall. After dashing round the city, the Santas collect a commemorative medal when they complete the fun run. A Santa suit is included in the entry fee.

The little ones also have their very own fun run – the 1K Mini Dash is for youngsters aged 12 and under. It starts in Castle Street when the main Santa Dash has finished, and also finishes at Liverpool Town Hall.

The event’s official charity partners are Radio City’s Cash For Kids, Everton in the Community, and Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice through the BTR Footsteps Fundraisers initiative. They all turned out in force to be part of the official launch, bringing with them their official mascots.

BTR Race Director Alan Rothwell created the Liverpool Santa Dash, and said: “The Radio City Liverpool Santa Dash, in association with Blue Air, is an event like no other. It really is a festive spectacular with the city being transformed into a sea of red, blue and mini Santas. It’s a spectacular sight and a real highlight in the BTR event calendar. Come and join the fun, it’s a day you won’t forget.”

Blue Santa suits and Mini Dash numbers are both limited to 500 places – so participants are encouraged to enter early to guarantee a place.

From 1 November until 3 December, participants can call in to either Rapid Discount Outlet in Liverpool city centre or the BTR office at 82 Market Street, Hoylake, to sign up and collect their Santa suit. Or Santas can register online at


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