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On the starting line at the Santa Dash Belfast City 2018

Families and runners across Northern Ireland are being encouraged to don a festive suit and take part in this year’s Santa Dash Belfast City 2018.

The event takes place on Sunday, December 2.


Cool FM Breakfast Show presenters Pete Snodden, Rebecca McKinney and Paolo Ross will join Santa in his sleigh to kickstart the event with a fun warm-up session at Writer’s Square, Belfast.

Sponsored by construction and facilities management group GRAHAM, Santa Dash is organised by Cash for Kids Northern Ireland, with everything raised supporting disadvantaged children.

Eryn Duff, Charity Manager, Cash For Kids, said it’s great to see so many GRAHAM employees are getting actively involved.

There are two different registration options. You can join Santa and the Cool FM Breakfast team and take part in the 2km dash, singing carols along the way. Registration is just £7.50 per adult and includes a free Santa suit. Children can join in too.

You can also sign up for the timed 5km route which is suitable for those aged 15 and over and achieve your personal best in a Santa suit. Registration is just £25 and includes a free Santa suit and 5K finishers medal.

David O’Flaherty, Maintenance Estimator for GRAHAM Facilities Management (event sponsors), and a member of the award-winning Northern Ireland and Ulster Senior 2016 Cross Country Championship Team; Ed McGinley, Content Manager for GRAHAM and former Irish international athlete; and Kerry O'Flaherty, who represented Ireland in the 3,000m steeplechase at the Olympic Games in Rio.
David O’Flaherty, Maintenance Estimator for GRAHAM Facilities Management (event sponsors), and a member of the award-winning Northern Ireland and Ulster Senior 2016 Cross Country Championship Team; Ed McGinley, Content Manager for GRAHAM and former Irish international athlete; and Kerry O’Flaherty, who represented Ireland in the 3,000m steeplechase at the Olympic Games in Rio.

Brendan Devlin, Managing Director, GRAHAM Facilities Management, said they are thrilled to be part of this annual event.

“A number of sports people close to GRAHAM are helping us to promote this special event. Kerry O’Flaherty, who represented Ireland in the 3,000m steeplechase at the Olympic Games in Rio; Ed McGinley, Content Manager for GRAHAM and former Irish international athlete; and David O’Flaherty, Maintenance Estimator for GRAHAM Facilities Management, and a member of the award-winning Northern Ireland and Ulster Senior 2016 Cross Country Championship Team, are all supporting the initiative,” he added.

Kerry O’Flaherty, who represented Ireland in the 3,000m steeplechase at the Olympic Games in Rio, is also encouraging people to give this festive run a go and be a Claus for a good cause.

Ed McGinley and David O’Flaherty both said they are looking forward to donning their Santa suits, lacing up their trainers and ‘dashing’ around the city centre.

For further information and to register check out www.coolfm.co.uk/dash.

Santa Dash Belfast City 2018 is organised by Cash for Kids, sponsored by GRAHAM and supported by Cool FM, DownTown Radio, DownTown Country and Athletics Northern Ireland.

The Cash for Kids Santa Dash supports nominated children’s charities each year, which receive 100 per cent of registration donation and sponsorship.

This year, participants can support Cash for Kids, Action Cancer, Autism NI, Aware NI, Cancer Focus NI, Children’s Heartbeat Trust, Extern, Friends of the Cancer Centre, Mencap, NSPCC and VOYPIC (Voice of Young People in Care).

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