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ALASTAIR’S SANTA DASH CHALLENGE

You may have dreamed of ‘beating The Banker’ on TV game show Deal Or No Deal – but this is your opportunity to ‘Beat The Bank’.

More specifically, to beat Bank Bar and Lounge owner Alastair Payne in this year’s Newlife Santa Dash. Alastair has been first across the finishing line for the past four years – and is throwing down a sporting challenge to local runners.

He said: “The Newlife Santa Dash is a great opportunity for individuals as well as families, groups of work colleagues, students and even health and leisure club members to get together for a bit of festive fun – and raise money to help local disabled children. This year, it would be great to see more running enthusiasts sign up – and give me a real run for my money!”

The sixth annual Newlife Santa Dash is on Saturday 12 December, with the one-mile wheelchair and dog-friendly route starting at Chase Leisure Centre and finishing at the Bank Bar and Lounge, where there will be refreshments.

The race starts at 11am and participants can walk, jog or run the marshalled course. Cannock Radio will be covering the event live.

If you would like to join in the festive fun and spread a little Christmas cheer, go to www.newlifecharity.co.uk/santadash or call 0800 988 4640. Registration forms can also be picked up in the Newlife SuperStore in Hemlock Way, Cannock, and the deadline for entries is Friday 4 December. There is no registration charge for over-16s, who will receive a free Santa suit for the event; however there is a minimum £20 fundraising target. Children can enter, with a £1 fee to be paid on the day, and will get a free Santa hat.

Newlife Community Fundraising Manager Nora Smith said: “Every year the event grows, with an amazing turnout of amazing people. This year we are hoping to build on this and help even more local children, so we are we urging people to put the date in their diaries and sign up now.”

She added: “It would be interesting to see someone beat Alastair this year, but the Santa Dash is really a fun run, walk or stroll and is a great way to get into the Christmas spirit while helping local disabled and terminally ill children.”

Last year’s event raised £1,400, every penny of which was used to provide specialist disability equipment for three children in Staffordshire.

Pictured: Alastair Payne

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