Sign-up for the Swinley Santa Dash
November 13, 2012
Get your Christmas off to a racing start by dressing as Santa to raise funds for the region’s hospice.
Runners are needed to race – or walk – through Swinley Forest in the annual Santa Dash in aid of Thames Hospicecare.
Last year, more than 700 runners pulled on Santa suits to create a river of red through the forest.
The five-kilometre run raised a staggering £45,000 and organisers want more people to sign up for this year’s race on Sunday, November 25 to match that sum.
Michelle Bowdidge, senior events organiser at Thames Hospicecare, said: “The Santa Dash, now is its fourth year, is a lot of fun.
“But it’s also really important in helping us raise the funds we need to look after our patients and support their families at a very difficult time in their lives.
“You don’t have to be a runner to take part. We have three different levels and participants can walk the route and take part in the lovely surroundings on a Sunday morning. It’s all about taking part and helping the hospice.”
The dash is open to everyone aged 12 and over. Children aged between five and 11 whose parents or carers are running can take part in Santa’s Little Helpers’ Dash before the main race.
Everyone gets a Santa suit which they can keep, and those completing the course can enjoy a hot chocolate and a mince pie and take home a Christmas tree-shaped medal and a goody bag.
Entry to the Santa Dash is £15 and £2 for the Santa’s Little Helpers Dash. To register go to www.thameshospicecare.org.uk or call 01753 848963.