Record turn-out from ‘Santas’ for Leighton’s dash

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Raising well over £1,000, the KidsOut 2015 Santa Dash through Leighton Buzzard town centre was a resounding success.

Attracting 205 participants, the fun run was KidsOut’s biggest yet, beating last year’s record by 25 people.

Everyone finished the race in good time and received a medal.

“It was a fantastic opportunity to do something as a family, and great to see so many children running,” said Theresa Keete, a member of the Leighton Buzzard Athletics Club.

“The atmosphere was good, and we all enjoyed it.”

Cadet groups from Watford, Flitwick, Dunstable and Leighton Buzzard participated, holding their own
 competitions amongst themselves.

A total of 460 cadets took part, with Dunstable cadets wearing Santa costumes and Leighton squadron running alongside them wearing reindeer antlers.

A cadet spokesman said: “All of the cadets thoroughly enjoyed themselves. 460 Dunstable Squadron marched the last few minutes towards the finish line and achieved the first place for the smartest squadron.

In addition to the Santa Dash, the KidsOut Santa’s Grotto hosted nearly 200 visitors on the Friday and Saturday.

“I have a special scoop from Santa himself that he’s going to come to Leighton Buzzard first this year to drop off presents,” said Stewart Moulds, KidsOut head of fundraising who worked with Father Christmas in the Santa’s Grotto.

He added: “He was so impressed with how polite and well-behaved all the children were when they met him.”