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City’s kick-start to Christmas is changing format this year.

One of Merseyside’s most popular public events is the latest casualty of the Coronavirus pandemic – as this year’s Liverpool Santa Dash is brought to a halt.


Highly regarded as the city’s kick-start to Christmas, this year’s festive fun run would have been its 17th consecutive year.


However, it is with great regret that organisers BTR Liverpool have to announce that the BTR Liverpool Santa Dash 2020 will not be taking place this year in its much-loved usual format due to the ongoing global pandemic and strict social distancing guidelines.


The news will come as a huge disappointment to the many thousands of Santas – young and old alike – who take part each year in the UK’s biggest festive 5K fun run.


The large number of participants, volunteers, event support teams, and staff members cannot be guaranteed a Covid-safe environment.


After reviwing a number of scenarios with the ultimate aim of delivering the large-scale public event safely, BTR Liverpool say this is just not possible.


However, the team have come up with an exciting plan for 2020 to still enable eager dashing Santas to still get their festive fix.


BTR Race Director Alan Rothwell commented: “Due to the size and scale of the BTR Liverpool Santa Dash, it is impossible to host event with social distancing restrictions in place. Although we are only in September, we have made the decision early so we can inform people as soon as possible about the changes for this year... [MORE]



As may of you know BTR has hosted a virtual race series over the months of June July and August and the winners over the different distances are now confirmed as follows -


1 mile - Paul Blakemore (5.35) and Lisa Gawthorne (6.15)

PS5K - David Gill (18.53) and Lisa Gawthorne (20.38)

PS10K - Andy Harrold (41.46) and Katrine Kelly (41.45)

Tunnel 10K - Mark Jessett (36.34) and Lisa Gawthorne (41.34)

OR8 - Jay Walker (51.50) and Lisa Gawthorne (56.37)

10 Miler - David Gill (1.05.01) and Lisa Gawthorne (1.11.11)

Half Marathon - Damien Gill (1.29.02) and Lois Varnam (1.33.05)

A special mention must go to Lisa Gawthorne who successfully won five out of the seven categories.

Thank you to everyone who took part and let's hope we can get back to proper racing in 2021!

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1st September 2020



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