Dozens of Santas blitz Ballymena to raise charity cash

DASHING THROUGH THE…TOWN: The Ballymena Runners Santa Run.

YOU wait all year for one Santa to turn up and then at least a couple of dozen appear.

This was the scene (above) at Broadway in Ballymena as Ballymena Runners took part in their annual ‘Santa Run’, raising £700 for the charity Headway.

The Santas also stopped at The Braid for a photo shoot with the Mayor and visited the Tower Centre to sing carols with the Ballymena Chamber Orchestra.

Santas at The Braid
TREE-MENDOUS FUNDRAISING EFFORT: The Ballymena Runners Santa Run stopped off at The Braid.

The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim swapped the red heels for a red suit and trainers as she joined Santa’s little helpers from the Ballymena Runners Athletics Club in their annual Santa Run.

The event saw participants run around the town to raise cash for Headway. It’s after one of the runners there experienced trauma after an accident and the club got behind the charity to raise funds.

The annual run takes in various locations around the town including a musical performance from Ballymena Chamber Orchestra at the Tower Centre, the Adair Arms Hotel and Montgomery’s Restaurant.

Mayor Millar said: “I’m honoured to have been a part of this annual event for such a great cause. The Ballymena Runners Club are bringing a lovely it of festive cheer to the town with this colourful event, and it’s amazing to see the crowds come out to support all of Santa’s helpers raise money for an amazing charity.

“We believe in creating stronger and healthier communities in Council and joining running clubs like this offer not only a way to enjoy staying physically active, but help with your mental health as well.

“Groups like this are a great way to socialise and have fun, what better way to finish off a fantastic year for the club with such an amazing event, well done to everyone and I hope 2019 is just as successful for you.”

Stephen Brown, chair of Ballymena Runners AC, said: “We organise a number of social events throughout the year, and support the local community through outreach projects and charity events.

“We’re delighted the Mayor was able to help us out this year, she was a great sport and really helped get us in the festive spirit.

“Our club, based at Seven Towers Leisure Centre caters for all abilities and we firmly believe that running is for everyone. The club is growing from strength to strength and is all down to the members who support each other every week in training and at races.”

Santa Run
Mayor Lindsay Millar got into the festive spirit to take part in the fundraiser.



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