Hundreds of runners take part in the annual Brighton Santa Dash

Hundreds of runners donned festive outfits to take part in an annual run along the boardwalk for charity.

Santa swapped his reindeer for running shoes as around 660 people took part in the annual Santa Dash along Hove Promenade.

Runners faced sunny and brisk conditions as they lined up along the start line for the five-kilometer race.

Organized by Commonwealth silver medalist John Gladwin, the run raises thousands of pounds each year for Rockinghorse Children’s Charity.

Among those taking part in the run for the first time this morning were friends Jess Kelly and Amy Tomkins.

The couple said that after running regularly at Carden Park, they decided to join the race for a change of scene and a fun way to stay active.

Amy said the Santa outfit given to each runner at the start was “pretty warm,” perfect for the chilly mornings across town.

“We both hope the pants stay up when we run,” she said.

The Argus: Jess Kelly, left, and Amy Tomkins racing for the first timeJess Kelly, left, and Amy Tomkins competed in the race for the first time (Image: The Argus)

Jess said the colder weather was not a problem for her while running the course and she was grateful for the sunny conditions for the race.

She said: “It’s cold but the hardest part was getting here and de-icing the car.”

Jess also said that racing has a special meaning to her as she works with children.

“I’m going to raise some money for such an amazing charity that is doing a brilliant job,” she said.

The event is the second since the pandemic began.

Rockinghorse Charity’s Alex Marshall said, “It’s such a fun tradition and it was a really exciting day. For me, this is the start of Christmas in Brighton.

“It’s also so nice to see kids getting involved too – seeing the sea of ​​red running down the boardwalk is incredibly heartwarming.”

Established in 1967, Rockinghorse Children’s Charity is the official fundraising arm of Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton, raising money to provide life-saving medical equipment and additional services to improve the lives of sick children across Sussex. Hundreds of runners take part in the annual Brighton Santa Dash

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