Aquatic Santas join Chester dash

Published date: 12 December 2013 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A PAIR of sub-aquatic Santas made quite a splash when they took part in this year’s Santa Dash through Chester.

As well as wearing Father Christmas outfits, divers James Scarborough and Donovan Lewis completed the charity race dressed in full scuba gear.

What’s even more astonishing is the pair, from Blue Planet Aquarium in Cheshire Oaks, despite wearing 20 kgs of dive equipment, managed to complete the five kilometre course in just 22 minutes and finished in the top five per cent out of more than 1,400 competitors.

Mr Scarborough said: “We really weren’t sure how we would do as neither of us has had the chance to do much training and we didn’t know what sort of effect the diving gear would have on our performance.

“To be honest we were both really surprised and very pleased to have managed to get round the course as quickly as we did – I was actually only five minutes slower than my personal best without diving gear!

“We’d both like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to all the people who came out to cheer us on and also to everyone who agreed to sponsor us.

“It was quite a spectacle to see so many Santa Claus’ all gathered together and there were some pretty amazing costumes out there, including a giant Lego figure and a large man in a rather tight dress!,” he added.

They joined hundreds of other competitors to raise as much money as possible for the event’s two charities, The Hospice of the Good Shepherd and the Babygrow Appeal.

It is hoped the race will raise more than £40,000 which will be split equally between the Countess of Chester Hospital’s Babygrow Appeal, which is aiming to raise £3m to build a new neonatal unit, and the Hospice of the Good Shepherd’s Child Bereavement Service.

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