Santa dash set to be a knockout event

Runners set off on their 5km 'Santa Dash' in of Barnoldswick Bosom Friends.
Runners set off on their 5km 'Santa Dash' in of Barnoldswick Bosom Friends.

A charity is hoping its 2016 Santa dash in Barnoldswick will be a knockout event.

Three hundred Santas are expected to walk, jog, or run the 5km route around the town raising money for the Bosom Friends cancer support group on Sunday, December 4th.

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Bosom Friends cancer charity support group's 5km Santa Fun Run in Barnoldswick

Photo Ian Robinson Bosom Friends cancer charity support group's 5km Santa Fun Run in Barnoldswick

And organisers are hoping that professional boxer Shayne Singleton will bring added punch to the fund-raising bid as he will be on hand to send the Santas off on their merry way.

Registration for the fourth Santa Fun Run is officially open and the Bosom Friends group is encouraging as many people as possible to sign up for the fee of just £10.

The money goes directly to the charity which provides support for people affected by cancer. It includes a free Santa suit and on completion a commemorative medal along with a hot beverage.

Sharon Hurst, Events Manager at Bosom Friends, said: “I am excited to reveal that Lancashire’s newest and most exciting fitness centre ‘Fitness Evolution’ based in Burnley are supporting the event this year.

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Boxer Shayne Singleton

Photo Neil Cross Boxer Shayne Singleton

“Holly Lynch, who has previously won a National Health Club award for group exercise instructing and personal training, will be warming the Santa’s up before they set off.

“Ash Alderson, Fitness Evolution Manager has kindly donated a free seven day pass to everyone who takes part in the run for them to go and try out the state-of-the art resistance and cardio equipment from industry leading brands including Life Fitness, Synergy360 and Technogym.

“Fitness Evolution is already being utilised by some of manager Ash’s top personal training clients, including Lancashire boxing pride, two times welterweight WBC international champion Shayne Singleton who trains at the fitness centre several times a week.

“Shayne has kindly offered to come along on the day and start off our fourth Santa Fun Run.”

West Craven Insurance, Rolls Royce PLC and XLCR Best Car Deals are some of the local businesses that are supporting this year’s event.

Sharon added: “The community spirit on the day is amazing from people volunteering their time to help run the event, participating as a Santa or even spectating and cheering their friends and loved ones along. It is an event that brings everyone together for an amazing charity while having fun.”

Obtaining sponsorship is important - even if it is a minimum amount of £20 per person - as that would mean £6,000 would go towards continuing to provide support for people affected by cancer in the Pendle, Craven and Ribble Valley.

Go to the Bosom Friends website at www.bebosomfriends.org.uk to enter the Santa Fun Run or learn more about the charity’s work. Alternatively pick up a registration form from the Bosom Friends shop in Albert Road, Barnoldswick.