Nobody can deny that Santa Dashes can, be one of the truly entertaining features of the festive calendar – for those who take part and for the spectators alike.

It is an event that attracts runners from across the age ranges, all adorning the famous costume of old Saint Nick, to raise money for good causes.

As this gallery of the Santa Dashes in Cockermouth shows, it is a truly family spectacle and these images will undoubtedly bring back a flood of memories for those who were involved.

The cause for this event was to raise money for the Hospice at Home West Cumbria, which will have been a big motivation for all of those running as they attempted to cross the finish line all in one piece!

As ever, if you spot yourself or a friend, make sure to share with us any of your tales.