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Watford’s first Santa Dash is a success

 Published on: 8th December 2016   |   By: The Newsdesk   |   Category:

Hundreds of runners dressed as Santa gathered at Cassiobury Park last Sunday morning in support of Watford Mencap’s Watford Santa Dash. Among the runners were the Morrissey family, which included dad John and mum Claire who pushed their son Kenny, 12, round the 1k course, before John went on to run the 5k straight after. Kenny attends Watford Mencap’s after-school club for children with learning disabilities. John said: “Without the support of Watford Mencap in our community, children & families would struggle to cope and lead a normal happy life. Their time and compassion know no boundaries and bring hope and solace to those blessed with disabled children.” More than 250 people took part in the festive themed family event. The 5km race was won by Ross Connor of Watford Harriers who completed the course in 17 minutes and 29 seconds. The best costume prizes were won by Eddie, six, who was very appropriately dressed as the North Pole in the 1km race and Dominic Hall who was dressed as The Grinch in the 5km race. Carol Tunstall, fundraising manager with Watford Mencap, said: “We have had a fantastic turnout today. The atmosphere in the park was incredible. The festive costumes helped to create the feeling of a big family celebration. Everyone seemed to be thoroughly enjoying themselves.” The Dash, sponsored by Warner Brothers Studios Leavesden, has raised more than £6,000 and will be used to help fund Watford Mencap’s children’s centre which supports families with a child or young person that has a learning disability. Carol added: “We cannot thank Warner Brothers enough for their time and commitment they have put into this event and also for the support they give to our charity.”

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