Santas take to the streets in Edinburgh and Glasgow

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The Great Edinburgh Santa Fun Run - Edinburgh

If you were a little startled by the number of people dressed in Santa costumes on Sunday in Edinburgh or Glasgow, don’t worry as you certainly weren’t alone. As I casually made my way to Princes Street in Edinburgh for some Sunday morning shopping, I was momentarily perplexed at the number of people dressed in their red and white Santa suits and trainers. It took me a minute or two to realise these were people who had just finished The Great Edinburgh Santa Run and not in town to attend a global Santa convention.

Billed as a festive game of ‘Where’s Wally’,The Edinburgh race featured two laps around the West Princes Street Gardens, where runners had were overlooked by famous landmarks such as the Scott Monument and Edinburgh Castle. The 5k Santa Dash in Glasgow also took place on Sunday and started and finished in the iconic George Square.

Runners warming up for the Great Edinburgh Santa Run

Both races had a great turnout, with 2,500 people braving the chilly weather for the race in Glasgow, whilst some 1,200 people dressed in their jolly santa suits to take part in the Great Edinburgh Santa Run.

Both events looked like a tonne of fun – I’ll be sure to sign up early for next year!

Read more about the day over at the Scotsman, where you’ll find a full report. The fun runs are just a small sample of fun activities that are taking place in Edinburgh and Glasgow over the festive period – for more information, why not check out the Glasgow Loves Christmas and Edinburgh’s Christmas websites.

Image credits: Craig Murphy

 

 

James Boyle

James is the Assistant Search & Social Media Manager at VisitScotland. Originally from Australia, he now lives in Edinburgh and enjoys travel, rugby and perfecting the art of making pancakes.

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