Staff at the HM Naval Base Clyde put on their Santa hats and running shoes for their Santa dash this week.

On Tuesday, December 12, a group of around 60 people – comprised of staff and civilians – met at the HMS Neptune Sportsdrome where they took to the streets to raise funds for the base.

Everyone ran together in a group with no winners or losers - but there was a prize for the best dressed with Able Rate Edward Eggleton being awarded a MYZONE fitness tracker for his giant Christmas cracker costume.

Helensburgh Advertiser: Participants dressed up in their best Christmas costumesParticipants dressed up in their best Christmas costumes (Image: HMNB Clyde)

The Naval Base’s first lieutenant, Lieutenant Commander ‘Speedy’ Steedman, said: “These events don’t just happen, they need passion and drive to set up and a spot of commitment by people to attend in the rain.

“Massive thank you to the physical training department for running it."

Helensburgh Advertiser: The Grinch made an appearanceThe Grinch made an appearance (Image: HMNB Clyde)

After the race the junior sailors headed to the Supermess for festive food where they were served a three-course Christmas lunch by some of the base's senior officers.

Officers dressed in their finest Christmas jumpers and hats and tended to around 350 junior personnel.

Helensburgh Advertiser: The Christmas lunchThe Christmas lunch (Image: HMNB Clyde)

The turkey dinner with all the trimmings is the continuation of an age-old Royal Navy tradition where officers show their appreciation to those on duty over the Christmas period.

On some vessels the tradition was taken even further with the most junior sailor changing places with the commanding officer for the day and issuing orders to his crew members.

Helensburgh Advertiser: Everyone enjoyed the festive mealEveryone enjoyed the festive meal (Image: HMNB Clyde)

(Photos courtesy of HMNB Clyde)