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Last Updated: Sunday, 4 December 2005, 16:24 GMT
Santa sprint attracts thousands
The Santa Run
The existing record is held by a Santa dash in Newtown, Wales
Thousands of people dressed as Father Christmas have run through Liverpool in a record-breaking charity bid.

Sunday's Santa Dash, now in its second year, raises funds for the Marina Dalglish Breast Cancer appeal.

Organisers received 4,514 entries and were forced to turn hundreds away after running out of Santa suits.

It will not be known for four to six weeks whether the current record for the largest such gathering, currently held by a run in Wales, was broken.

The rival event, in Powys, also took place on Sunday.

Football stars

Event spokeswoman Yvonne Rothwell told BBC News, organisers had been inundated with entries in the last few weeks.

She said the Santa Dash promised to be great fun for all involved, and confirmed they were very much in competition with the other event.

"Hopefully we're going to take the record off of them," Ms Rothwell said.

Former Liverpool Football Club stars Kenny Dalglish and Ian Rush were among those who dressed up for the run.

Father Christmas look-alikes set off on the 5km city circuit at 0930 GMT.

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