Sunday 12th December will be a ‘red-letter’ day for aspiring athletes in Aberdeenshire as dozens of local Santas are invited to take part in Alford’s inaugural Santa fundraising dash for Athletics Trust Scotland, a charity established to support up and coming athletes who need financial help to achieve their full potential.

Fundraising Manager for the Trust and organiser of the 2021 Santa Dash is Alford long distance runner Kyle Greig, himself an athlete of note having recently achieved his second podium position in the annual 100k inter-nations Celtic Plate race. Kyle can regularly be seen training on the track at the Grampian Transport Museum, where the 2021 ‘race’ will start and finish, where he is often accompanied by his wife Debbie pushing their young family in their special running buggy. He explained to theAdvertiserwhy he is keen to be involved with Athletics Trust Scotland “The charity has been established to support athletes of all ages and abilities for whom the lack of funds is their only barrier to achieving their full potential, on whatever stage they are competing. What I particularly like is that funds raised locally are distributed locally, giving our local talent the opportunity to shine.

“The Trust has fundraising activities throughout the year and we want them all to be fun, so what better fun in December than the sight of dozens or even hundreds of Santas ‘dashing’ along a 5k route round Alford?

“Race day will feature a children’s ‘Elf Mile’ round 4 laps of the museum’s track, stating at 9am.  Then at 9.30am the 5k Santa run commences from the museum, round Haughton Park and finishing with a victory lap of the museum track. The race is open to ‘Santas’ of all ages and ability to come and make it a great colourful spectacle whilst helping us to raise funds for an excellent local cause.”

Entry to the races is just £10 for the Elves 1mile race ad £16 for the Santa 5k, which includes a Santa suit to keep! Full details and contacts can be found at www.athleticstrustscotland.org.uk/santarun.