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The Liverpool Santa Dash 2016!

Many thanks to the Smith Brothers for supporting Autism Initiatives to recruit runners for the Liverpool Santa Dash.  We had 36 runners which is amazing! All raising money for Autism Initiatives Kaleidoscope ‘Active Lives Project’.  

It is very much appreciated that the Smith Brothers took time out from their training and helped with the Press Conference giving interviews, having photos taken and even taking to the ice rink and taking a ‘mannequin challenge’!  

They even organised an interview with the Liverpool Echo with Katie Daley and their commitment to the actual run on a very cold Sunday morning and then their involvement with our runners after the race was absolutely brilliant!

The Smith Brothers Boxers Paul and Stephen Smith (and Paul’s son Paul Jnr) ran the Liverpool Santa Dash with Katie Daley from Autism Initiatives Community Hub and support workers Louisa Jenson and Alex Flemming.

Everyone had VIP passes and were on the starting stage at the Pier Head… (Liverpool has won the International Santa Dash Award this year by having the most runners … beating Las Vegas!) … Paul and Stephen ran the race with Katie at her pace … and Katie beat them to the finish line … lined with a huge band of drummers and a snow storm! 

All the runners were invited to meet at The First National Wine Bar on James Street and they had a voucher for a hot drink (Ed and Liz from fundraising were there to be Santa’s little helpers).  This was a great place to meet the runners and their family and friends after the race.

Stephen Harrison from Elm Hall also took part in the Santa Dash with his support worker Kev Daley.  It was great that Paul and Stephen Smith greeted all the runners and had photos taken with them.  Vickie from Rawcliffe Road also came down to say Hi and had her photo taken as well.  

Many thanks to Alan Henaghan for volunteering to take lots of photos for Autism Initiatives at the press conference and at the Santa Dash!