SANTA’S little helpers are urged to take time out from their preparations to compete in an charity elf race.

The fun festive race is being held as part of the Gourock Christmas lights switch-on celebrations on Sunday December 3.

Races will start from 11am from outside Gourock Outdoor Pool in Kempock Street.

In the true spirit of Christmas funds will be raised for Dreams Come True Inverclyde.

Chris Jewell, local charity co-ordinator said: “The Elf Fun Run is a great way of doing something special on behalf of our less fortunate young people and young adults in Inverclyde.

“We are grateful to Gourock Heritage and Arts for organising this occasion which will help to make more local dreams come true in the future.”

There are 1k, 2k, 3k, 4k and 5k runs -—something to suit everyone.

An elf hat will be provided but competitors are urged to give their best elf impersonation as there will be a prize for the best dressed runner.

Lynne Quinn, on behalf of Gourock Heritage and Arts, said: “We are excited to add this new venture to our Christmas activities in Gourock and hope that as many people as possible will come out and join us. The route is flat and also wheelchair friendly and we would really like as many wheelchair users as possible to be included in the Fun Run.”

To register for the race visit or you can complete a registration form at Treasured, 60 and 66 Cardwell Road, The Pirate and Bluebell, 23 Kempock Street and Studio Flowers, 69 Kempock Street.

Entry for adults aged 18 and over is £6 and for a child it costs £4, while a family of four can take part for £15.