Double Olympic medallist Rebecca Romero is to fire the starting gun for this year’s Santa Dash. The dash takes place on Sunday December 6 and Chester resident Rebecca is the star attraction. Rebecca who lives in Chester with her 17 month old son Elliot and soon to be husband Nick, has also said she is happy to hand out medals at the finishing line.

She said: “From a sporting perspective I think the fun element of this event is what appeals to people. I love the idea and it will be brilliant to see families and groups of friends taking part together. I know that Nick is planning to take part with Elliot in his running buggy.

“Elliot was born at the Countess and although he didn’t need the services of the neonatal unit I know how important this unit is for parents of premature and very poorly babies.”

She won an Olympic silver medal in the quadruple sculls at Athens 2004 Olympic Games, before forging a new career in cycling and took silver in the women’s individual pursuit at the 2007 World Championships in Mallorca.

The Chester Santa Dash supported by Virgin Money sets off from Castle Drive in Chester will see participants of all ages running or walking the 3.3k route which ends in Bridge Street in the City Centre.

Funds raised from the event will support the Babygrow Appeal at the Countess of Chester hospital, and the REFLECT Bereavement Service for children between the ages of three and 19 provided by The Hospice of the Good Shepherd.