Ho ho go - Edinburgh Santa run attracts hundreds

Competitors warm up for the Santa Run. Pic: Greg Macvean
Competitors warm up for the Santa Run. Pic: Greg Macvean
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HUNDREDS of festive fundraisers turned Princes Street Gardens into a sea of red and white as they took part in the Great Edinburgh Santa Run.

Santas of all ages ran, walked and strolled around the two-kilometre circuit yesterday morning in aid of the children’s charity When You Wish Upon A Star.

The charity sends courageous kids with life threatening illnesses on a trip of a lifetime to Lapland.

The fundraisers took part in a mass Zumba class to prepare for their exertions.

Maria Perez, 26, a marketing agency worker from Fountainbridge, said: “It was really fun doing the Zumba class with everyone dressed up. It kept us all warm before we started.

“It really got us in the Christmas spirit.”

Quim Sala, 24, a school receptionist from Newington, said: “It was strange to see everyone dressed up as Santa Claus and it was a lot of fun.”The fundraising Santas were also encouraged to bring their dogs to this year’s event, with prizes awarded to the best dressed pooches.

Santas were also out in force at Inverleith Park for the annual Challenge Scotland Christmas events – a run, a walk, a buggy run and a toddle.