The Santa Dash takes place along the Main Street of Tobermory on the last Sunday before Christmas each year. This year was the fourth ‘running’ of the event and supports Marie Curie Cancer Care. This year we had 50 entrants, more or less split between children and adults. Registration is at the Lifeboat Station, and the Junior Race starts from here with the adults in hot pursuit along the street to Ledaig Car park, around the car park and finishes back at the clock. The adult race starts at the clock, goes along Main street, up out of Tobermory to the roundabout and then around the top of town, back down Argyll Terrace to the clock tower.
The weather often leaves its most ‘interesting’ conditions for this race, and this year was no exception. It blew, drizzled, and absolutely threw it down during the race itself, although the children’s race was spared. This is a ‘fun’ race, although many Santas really get stuck in and go like crazy. The winner of the children’s race was Louis Mitchell-Stephens, and the first girl was Ellen MacRae. In the adult race, the race was won quite convincingly by Dominic Grierson, and Kerry Froud was the first lady home. Beware, that Dominic is a new policeman on the island. I strongly advise not to try and ‘out run’ this very fit P.C. Santa. We had two of Mull’s police taking part today, which is very welcomed.
Finally, most people retreated after the race to the MacDonald Arms for mince pies and Mulled wine provided very generously by Susan Hall, the proprietor.
We also wish to thank the Lifeboat Station, Red Cross First Aiders, Tobermory Fire Station, Louise and her Marie Curie helpers and the Mullrunners organizers.