Now a festive tradition, the annual Santa Dash brought cheer and colour to Chester for a great cause.

Thousands of fun runners donned their Father Christmas costumes to jog through the city on Sunday (December 4).

The race, now in its sixth year, raises money for the Hospice of the Good Shepherd and the Babygrow Appeal at the Countess of Chester Hospital.

A fine morning, despite it being a bit chilly, made for the perfect conditions and there was no repeat of the downpour which drenched last year’s race.

Just like the man himself, there was an early start for all the Santas taking part.

Pictures from the annual Santa Dash through Chester on December 4

The 3.3km route began on Castle Drive and weaved through Chester before reaching the finishing line on Bridge Street.

The sight of a sea of Saint Nicks in bright red filling the city’s streets was not one to be missed.

It took less than 15 minutes for the winner to sprint through, but families and dog walkers took it at their leisure.

Spectators had lined the streets to see the stream of red filter through and all roads have now reopened after the event.

Pictures from the annual Santa Dash through Chester on December 4

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