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Santa Clauses Running Through Town!

Added on: 9th December, 2019 by O1

Santa Clauses Running Through Town!

Last Updated:
Wed, 22 January 2020

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A sea of Santas descended on Orpington town centre on Sunday (8th December) for the third Orpington Santa Dash, organised by Orpington 1st Business Improvement District (BID).


The 2019 festive fun run saw a record number of participants as 400 hundred men, women and children, plus a few four-legged friends, donned their Santa suits and painted the town red, with dashers ranging from first time runners – including ward councillor William Huntingdon Thresher - to fitness aficionados from across Orpington and beyond.


Festivities began in Orpington’s Priory Gardens in ideal weather conditions as Dashers gathered for a mass yuletide-themed warm up led by local fitness gurus, JP and Lucy West, owners of The Fitness Link.


A 2-kilometre course led Santas around the gardens and on to the high street, before crossing the finishing line in Market Square to the sound of seasonal hits. All participants received a souvenir medal and a reusable water bottle, distributed by volunteers from Orpington Rotary, and several of the town’s businesses ran special Santa offers for the day.


Orpington 1st BID Manager, Chris Travers said, “we’re delighted with the turnout for this year’s event, so well done and thank you to all our dashers. They’ve all contributed to making a fabulous atmosphere and it’s great to see so many of them using our shops, cafes and restaurants afterwards.”




@banzai_voyage wrote on Instagram, “Well done to Orpington 1st for putting on such a great community event” whilst Alex Powell posted “Thanks @thefitnesslink for a great festive warmup and @Orpington1st for another great event in the heart of Orpington.”


A fun and festive way for families to get active, the Santa Dash follows another successful event as the town’s Christmas Lights were switched on at ‘Light Up Orpington’.


Orpington 1st Executive Director, Sharon Baldwin, added, “The town centre business community is committed to ensuring Orpington continues to be a vibrant place to live and visit, and events like this demonstrate what a brilliant town we have.”

Lots more great photos on our Facebook Page






Cllr. Huntingdon Thresher

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Paul Robson - 21 Dec, 2019 - 14:20PM

So pleased this event is still going and increasing year on year.
Great work

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Sam Jordan - 12 Dec, 2019 - 21:59PM

It was such a good event. Lovely time had by all. Thank you and Merry Christmas!

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June H - 10 Dec, 2019 - 22:37PM

Lovely event and lovely atmosphere. Great start to Christmas.

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keith peter edwards - 10 Dec, 2019 - 09:06AM

i agree i ran on behalf of lower road allotments with pat and nick also from the allotments

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Liz - 10 Dec, 2019 - 08:40AM

Was a brilliant day. Ran with my husband and 2 kids, all had a great time, thank you.

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Orpington 1st - 10 Dec, 2019 - 08:10AM

Thank you for taking part, Keith. Glad you enjoyed it.

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keith peter edwards - 10 Dec, 2019 - 08:00AM

thank-you for a great morning Sunday
the turnout was great and the whole thing was well organised now waiting for next year

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