Added on: 9th December, 2019 by O1
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.”
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Cllr. Huntingdon Thresher