Harborough’s first ever Santa Fun Run!

Santa Fun runners organisers and supporters, clockwise from left, baby Poppy Jones, David Jones, Susie Munton, Emma Jones, Amy Handford and Brian Corcoran
Santa Fun runners organisers and supporters, clockwise from left, baby Poppy Jones, David Jones, Susie Munton, Emma Jones, Amy Handford and Brian Corcoran

It’s the run-up to Christmas that everyone can enjoy!

Market Harborough’s first ever Santa Fun Run is taking place in town on Sunday, December 14.

The event, organised by Race Harborough and sponsored by Snap Fitness, hopes to attract 250 runners in Santa-clad costumes to the town’s Welland Park.

The plan is to raise money for local charity The Squires Effect, which was launched after the tragic death of 30-year-old Claire Squires at the 2012 London Marathon.

Entry costs £12 for adults or £6 for under-16s, with Santa costumes included within the entry price.

People can run either 5km or 2km, with all finishers receiving a medal.

To add a competitive edge, all runners will be challenged to chase the ‘Christmas pudding’ – a lone runner in a Christmas pudding costume, who will set off just before the race begins.

The first Santa to catch up with the pudding will win a £100 donation to a charity of their choice.

The race is following the success of Santa Runs all over the country, including a popular event in nearby Lutterworth which is now in its sixth year and might top 1,000 entrants this year.

Harborough race organiser Brian Corcoran hopes to replicate this success and added: “We’re really excited to bring the Santa Run to Market Harborough.

“It’s always a real laugh to see so many Santas of all shapes, sizes and abilities running around.

“We hope Harborough residents will get behind us, whether that’s by walking with dogs, pushing a pram, or setting their Santa PB, and raise some money for a really worthy cause.”

The run will start from Welland Park’s café at 2pm on December 14. To book your place visit the website www.raceharborough.co.uk.

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration will close at midnight on Sunday, December 7.