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ARTICLE – The Great Scottish Santa Run

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Edinburgh Spotlight covered the Great Scottish Santa Run from both sides of the event: Miss Edinburgh took part, whilst Keith D covered things from a photographic / video perspective.

Here’s our report. If you took part, check out the photo gallery at the bottom of the article to see if you can spot yourself!

The Great Scottish Santa Run

The Great Scottish Santa Run

Hundreds of people of all ages braved the freezing cold to take part in The Great Scottish Santa Run in Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens.

Registration was open from 9am, and Forth One were on hand to keep the competitors and specators entertained from the Ross Bandstand.

The Stockbridge Pipe Band were there to provide a soundtrack to the event, and I caught them practicing beforehand:

…though I’m not sure everyone appreciated their efforts…

As the starting time approached, the gardens were a sea of red and white.

Competitors prepare for the Great Scottish Santa Run

Competitors prepare for the Great Scottish Santa Run

The entertainment continued until 11am, with Edinburgh’s Got Talent star, 14-year old Jack Robertson, getting everyone into the Christmas mood.

Soon, the assembled Santas lined up at the starting line…

The Great Scottish Santa Run about to start

The Great Scottish Santa Run about to start

…and then they were off!

The Great Scottish Santa Run begins!

The Great Scottish Santa Run begins!

Competitors of all ages took part as the race wound its way around 2 circuits of East Princes Street Gardens.

The uphill section!

The uphill section!

As the santas finished back at the Ross Bandstand, everyone who finished was handed a medal to keep and proudly show off to their friends and family.

Santas queue up for their medals

Santas queue up for their medals

And the cast of We Will Rock You entertained the throng with some appropriate music and dance routines:

The whole event was a great success and hugely enjoyable for everyone. It was quite funny to see Princes Street and the surrounding areas “invaded” by people in red & white soon afterwards!

Santa Run photo gallery

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