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Double Olympic medallist to officially start the Chester Santa Dash

Organisers of the Chester Santa Dash, the Hospice of the Good Shepherd and the Babygrow Appeal,  are delighted that double Olympic medallist Rebecca Romero has agreed to officially set off hundreds of  “Dashers” on Sunday 6th December.    Rebecca is the first ever British women to compete in two different sports at the Olympic Games and by winning gold in the individual pursuit at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games she became only the second women of any country to win a medal in two different sports at the summer games!  She won an Olympic silver medal in the quadruple sculls at Athens 2004 Olympic Games, before forging a new career in cycling and took silver in the women’s individual pursuit at the 2007 World Championships in Mallorca.

Rebecca who lives in Chester with her 17 month old son Elliot and soon to be husband Nick, has also said she is happy to hand out medals at the finishing line. The Chester Santa Dash supported by Virgin Money sets off from Castle Drive in Chester  will see participants of all ages running or walking the 3.3k route which ends in Bridge Street  City Centre. Rebecca said “From a sporting perspective I think the fun element of this event is what appeals to people. I love the idea and it will be brilliant to see families and groups of friends taking part together.  I know that Nick is planning to take part with Elliot in his running buggy!  Elliot was born at the Countess and although he didn’t need the services of the neonatal unit I know how important this unit is for parents of premature and very poorly babies.”   Funds raised  from the event will support the Babygrow Appeal at the Countess of Chester hospital ,and the REFLECT Bereavement Service for children between the ages of 3 and19 provided by The Hospice of the Good Shepherd.