TWO legs, three wheels or four paws were enough to tackle Blackburn’s Santa Dash.

Hardy runners braved a chill Sunday morning to complete a five kilometre fun run around the town centre.

And the second annual North West Air Ambulance challenge attracted an array of different entrants.

Little Joseph William Henry, not yet one-year-old, who was pushed around the course by parents Graham and Sue in his tinsel-decked pram, remained oblivious for much of the proceedings.

And cockapoo puppy Archie, who took part with owner Michaela Harvey, was simply straining at the leash to set his own pace.

Elsewhere there were plenty of Blackburn Harriers and Blackburn Road Runners represented on the run, which started and finished outside the town hall and was precded by a festive warm-up.

First to cross the finishing line was fleet-footed Harrier Harry Sambrook, 13, who attends St Bede’s RC High.

His dad Stuart, who came home just minutes later, said: “We just saw the signs around the town centre and thought we would give it a go.”

Mayor of Blackburn, Cllr Jim Shorrock, was on hand to officially start the event, which saw runners complete three laps to the cathedral and back.

Cllr Shorrock also reminded the participants of what their fundraising means to the air ambulance charity, which has a store in Cherry Tree.

He said: “Nine pounds can fuel an aircraft for one minute of a mission, while £25 can buy a warming blanket, essential to maintain the body temperature of severe trauma patients such as those who have suffered a cardiac arrest.

“And £100 could be enough to help save the life of a seriously-ill patient by buying a surgical airway kit, crucial in life-threatening situations, such as airway obstruction or facial trauma.”