Last Sunday, Glasgow was overrun with festive cheer as 7,500 Santas ran, walked and jogged 5km through the city's streets to raise funds for charity. This year was the 10th anniversary of the Santa Dash, which takes place every year as part of Glasgow's Christmas events programme. The event was one of the UK's largest Santa Dashes, and the biggest in the history of the city.
Over the past 10 years, the Santa Dash has raised over £100,000 for local charities in the Glasgow area. This year, it supported the Beatson Cancer Charity, a Glasgow-based organisation which aims to improve the treatment, care and wellbeing of the 8,000 patients and their families who attend the internationally renowned Beatson Cancer Centre every year.
The race took Santas across the city centre and along the river before finishing at George Square's Christmas Market. Due to extensive road closures, a detailed traffic management plan had to be put in place and a security presence was required to ensure all drivers and runners were able to move safely across the city.
SecuriGroup provided security services to the event, ensuring the safety of every Santa and spectator. Almost 40 staff were on hand throughout the day to safeguard all entrances to the race, direct the runners, and provide traffic advice to drivers around the route. Their combined efforts minimised any disturbance to the busy city centre and allowed for the smooth running of the event.
SecuriGroup staff were delighted at the opportunity to be part of the event, with many saying it was 'a great shift'. Joyce Ross, from Beatson Cancer Charity, has said: "We are overwhelmed with the incredible support from everyone who contributed to the success of this year's Santa Dash […] Thank you to each and every one of you!"