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Where's Santa? Posted On 03 December 2021

 

Spot your loved ones amidst 1500 Santas!

 

Stamford Santa Fun Run is an annual event attracting people of all ages - and fitness levels. Children and adults receive a Santa suit through their entry fee and wearing them can run or walk the 5km course within the beautiful setting of Burghley Park.

 

Once the runners (joggers, strollers, and walkers) have collected their finishers' medals, participants enjoy mince pies, mulled wine or a soft drink in the marquee and stands area. Music is played and there is a 'jolly' and relaxed seasonal feel. Friends and spectators can join in the festivities and purchase mulled wine and mince pies also.

 

The event is co-ordinated by Stamford Striders in association with The Rotary Club of Stamford Burghley and has a 13-year history in the town.

 

In 2019 it was a sell-out, with 1,500 participants (unfortunately it was cancelled in 2020 due to Covid). Of the £15,800 raised, £12,000 was shared equally between these local charities: Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice, Anna’s Hope, Mindspace Stamford and Stamford Food Bank. A further £3,800 was donated to other local charities and causes. This year the designated charities are:

 

•         Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice (for people with life-limiting illnesses)

 

•         MindSpace Stamford (for improved mental health)

 

•         The Rotary Club of Stamford Burghley (they distribute further to local charities)

 

Stamford Striders, which has a membership of nearly 300, is self-funding and does not receive any income or donations from the Santa Fun Run. Its members support the event as volunteers, providing energy and resources for the event's smooth running.

 

Stamford's is the largest Santa run for miles around; as well as a huge contingent from Stamford, people come over from Peterborough, Rutland, Bourne, Grantham and further afield. So, don't miss out, head down to Burghley Park this Sunday 5th December at 11.00am to join thousands of Santas and plenty of merriment! Afterall, Sunday = Runday!

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