Adding two of my favourite things together is always going to end well. I love Christmas and running so the annual Glasgow Santa Dash is the best way to spend a December Sunday morning. The entry fee goes towards charity and includes the all important Santa suit.
The event is in its 10th year and this year saw 7500 people take part! From over excited adults like me, to kids, babies being pushed in prams and some very well dressed dogs. The start line is full of Christmas spirit, with everyone singing along to the Christmas songs – not a Grinch in site!
Trying to find someone you know is slightly difficult! It’s like the inverse of Where’s Waldo, but Santa edition!
The Glasgow Santa Dash is a 5km route starting and finishing in George Square. Starting by running up the infamous St Vincent street hill, continuing along into Finnieston then left at Finnieston Street. Before turning left along Lancefield Quay, up at Buchanan Street and right again into George Square! I loved seeing all the supporters and some of the local bands out playing Christmas tunes.
Looking up and down St Vincent Street is quite a site, just be careful of the photographers half way up who are taking photos! It’s also amusing watching the kids race ahead whilst the parents struggle to keep up.
As I mentioned the Santa suit is included in the price of entry, however, it is made of felt. If the day is unseasonably warm (like this morning), expect to heat up quickly! My go to is to wear a thin pair of leggings underneath the trousers and a sports tank top under the jacket. No thick layers are required as the Santa suit is thermal enough.
Most importantly though is the red lip after all Christmas is the season of red lips.
The Santa Dash really does put me in the Christmas spirit and is the most wonderful ‘race’ of the year.