The festive fun run, sponsored by Irwin Mitchell, saw 138 Santas walk, jog and run around London, raising money with every step they took.

Competitors were cheered on by Olympic bronze medallist boxer, Anthony Ogogo, who also took part in the warm-up provided by Unexpected London.

The two dashes at 6.15pm and 7pm, started at Old Spitalfields Market and took a 5km route around landmarks such as The Tower of London and The Shard.

Competitors all received a medal and celebratory drink for their efforts, before having the chance to create some goofy GIFs in a photo booth provided by Showtime Photo Booth. Prizes were also awarded for the fastest finisher of each dash, as well as the highest individual and team fundraisers.

The event proved to be another success for Brainwave, which helps children with disabilities achieve greater independence by improving mobility, communication skills and learning potential through a range of therapies. The charity does not receive any government funding and relies on donations and fundraising events like the Santa Dash to run its three main centres in Essex, Cheshire and Somerset.

Anthony Ogogo commented: “It’s always a real privilege and great pleasure to attend the Brainwave Santa Dash and be a part of a brilliant event raising money for such a great cause.”

Event organiser, Nicky Evans said: “It was great to see so many Santas take part this year. It was a family-friendly event with a festive atmosphere and lots of good cheer! We know that we have raised £7,000 so far, but we will receive even more sponsorship money from participants over the coming weeks. Just £50 helps pay towards a child attending one of our centres for an initial assessment, to start their Brainwave journey, so all the money raised will enable us to help even more children than we already do.”

Nicky went on to say: "We had a lot of support from businesses for this event, including our principal sponsor, Irwin Mitchell. We must thank Old Spitalfields Market for hosting the event, Northwoods Bar of Chubby Unicorn events for supplying refreshments, Showtime Photo Booth for their GIF photo booth, Directa for donating rubble bags, as well as Alexandra Photography, St John’s Ambulance and Unexpected London.

“And a massive thank you goes out to all of our wonderful volunteers who have helped make this event such a success.”

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