Santa Run.7 of the best taking place this December

Santa Run
Santa Run

It’s that most wonderful time of the year – the time when you don your running kit then add another all-important red-suit layer and sweat your way through a Santa run. These festive 5Ks are filling up the December race calendar, and it’s no wonder, as not only are they the perfect way to have some fun with friends but they also involve mince pies, mulled wine and sometimes even turkey sandwiches. Here are seven races you can enter before the Big Man does his own 24-hour ultramarathon on the 25th.


Aviemore Santa Run

When: Saturday 11th December

Take to the Highlands in Aviemore’s annual Santa run. There are 1-mile or 5-mile options, and the route takes you along Aviemore’s high street where crowds will cheer all the Santas on and festive tunes will soundtrack your run. Afterwards, celebrate in the best way possible with piles of mince pies and Walker’s shortbread. 


Swansea Christmas Party Run

When: Sunday 15th December

Join the sea of red and green winding through the woods near Swansea in Tough Runner’s 1K or 5K races. For these races, the finest Saint Nicks aren’t the only outfits welcome: equally encouraged are turkeys, elves and Grinches. Mince pies, mulled wine and a ‘special Christmas gift’ await finishers.

North East

Santa 1-Mile Northumberland

When: Sunday 19 December

There’s something for Santa runners and non-Santa runners alike in Hexham. As well as the Santa 1-mile fun run through Chopwell Woods, there are also 4-mile and 8-mile trail runs. Prepare to get extremely muddy, too – Kris Kringles are recommended to match their red garb with hardy trail running shoes.

North West

Wigan’s Christmas Dash

When: Sunday 12 December

The main draw for this Santa race is the turkey and stuffing sandwich you’re awarded at the finish line (not forgetting the mince pie and mulled wine, too). Join hundreds of other Santa runners on the 5K course, which comprises five laps of Wigan’s Mesnes Park. 


Harborough Santa Run, Leicestershire

When: Sunday 19 December

There are two distances for Santa runners to choose from – 5K and 2K. There’s an additional festive challenge as part of the race – if you manage to beat the Christmas pudding, the organisers will donate £100 to a charity of your choice. Afterwards, elves will be handing out treats and there’ll be a festive tombola. 

Elf Yourself Run & Rudolph’s Revenge, Scunthorpe

When: Sunday 19 December

Admittedly, it’s not strictly Santas in this race, and it’s not just one race either, rather two on the same day. But these are ideal if you’re looking for something festive. The Elf Yourself Run is a 3K race aimed at elves (although Santas are warmly welcomed). On the route round Normanby Hall Country Park, you’ll collect elf hats, ears, your elf name and a gift for Santa before heading to the finish. Rudolph’s Revenge, meanwhile, is an evening 10K race through woodland and deer parks, so reindeer runners will require a headtorch. 


The Kent Christmas Cracker

When: Saturday 18 December

Santas follow purpose-built cycle tracks in Deal in either the 5-mile race, 2-mile or children’s Santa dash. The route is in the scenic Betteshangar Country Park, and runners are encouraged to dress in their finest festive fancy dress.

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