Pittodrie Hosts Santa Run

PITTODRIE Stadium will be a sea of red and white next month - when hundreds of Santas line up to start the very first Santa Fun Run.

The Dons' stadium will be awash with Santas - as opposed to hosting the unwashed Satans when Rangers come to visit - on St Andrews Day for the fantastic fundraising festival.

The Aberdeen Santa Run is a six kilometre fun run through the city, with all participants dressed as Father Christmas, organised by WildHearts - a Nairn-based charity dedicated to helping people living in poverty around the world.

With only a limited number of places available for participants, event organiser Mick Jackson of WildHearts is urging people to sign up now.

He said: "On the back of the phenomenal success of our inaugural Inverness event last year, we are thrilled to be able to bring the Santa Run to the Granite City this festive season.

"It will be a fantastic, fun day out for all the family which will see us return to the true spirit of Christmas with money raised being used to give a helping hand to some of the world's poorest people."

The big-hearted participants will begin by completing a lap of honour around the Pittodrie pitch before running, jogging or walking around the route, which will take them along Aberdeen beachfront.

Derek Young and Lee Miller were on hand to show their support for the event when it was announced today.

Derek commented: "This is a fantastic excuse for the Red Army to get into the Christmas spirit while helping do their bit for people living in some of the world's most deprived areas."

"I'm sure the chance to do a lap of honour around the pitch here at Pittodrie will prove popular but more importantly it will be a great day out for all the family."

The Aberdeen Santa Run is open to all ages, with both adults and children welcome to take part. Entry fees are £15 for adults and £10 for children and include a Santa suit, a medal and goodie bag.

For more information on the Santa Run visit www.WildDayOut.com.