Rotary Club of Blandford Stour
Santa Fun Run and Walk 2016
What is a Santa Fun Run?
First of all, it is not a race. This is a Fun Run. You can run, jog or walk it. It is open to any age and ability, individual, family or group, you decide. As part of the event, the entry fee includes a Santa Suit with a hat for you to wear for the run. Children under the age of ten will receive a medal upon return to the finish. For health & safety reasons, no bicycles, skateboards or roller blades will be allowed on the run.
What is the aim of the Fun Run?
There are two aims. The first is to add a bit of fun to the beginning of the Christmas period in Blandford. The second is to raise funds for charity.
How fit do I have to be?
This is very much a fun run and the majority of people entering will not be serious runners. The event is all about taking part, so whether you run, jog, cycle or walk or even crawl, we really don’t mind. You can do as much or as little of the route as you like.
What does it cost? The entry fee is £5 and £2.50 for children under 8 years. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times on the course. The entry fee covers administration, running costs, the Santa Suit and a commemorative medal for the younger runners. We regret that we cannot refund your registration fee once you have paid.
How much should I raise in sponsorship? We hope that each entrant will raise as much as possible by obtaining sponsors. This year donations will go to Dorset Cancer Care Foundation however you are free to nominate a charity of your choice to receive the money you collect. We suggest that the minimum aim should be to raise £10 per entry. Raising money for good causes makes all the effort worthwhile. You can ask for a sponsorship form that you can use. We ask that all monies raised are paid in no later than 31st January 2017.
What is the route and how difficult is it? The route starts at the beginning of the Trailway at Station Court, DT11 7RJ, and it extends for 4 kms to a turn around point making a total distance of 8 kms (5 miles) back to the start. You will be free to make your own way, at your own pace with the more serious runners setting off first. There will be stewards at key points to guide you and markers at the kilometre points. The route is easy going and suitable for all abilities.
When should I enter? The sooner, the better. Registration is now open and you can register by printing off a registration form from the navigation bar above and posting it to the address on the form along with a cheque. We will allow registration on the day, but we really hope you will register beforehand and raise sponsorship for your run.
Can I enter on the day? Yes, we will accept registrations on the day. Make sure you arrive in good time. We do hope you will register beforehand as that makes it easier for all of us and you will have received your Santa Suit before the event.
What happens if I am ill or just can't make it on the day? If you are ill, please do not attempt to come. Your health and well-being comes first. We regret however that there can be no refunds for non-attendance. We do recommend that you complete a “Medical record” form where you can record your medical details and the person to contact in case of any emergencies. Please carry this with you during the event.
A number of us want to run together, can we send one cheque to cover us all? Yes, just send the forms in together with one cheque to cover everyone. You may like to take part displaying your group or company logo or your name on your Santa suits - it's free advertising!
Can I bring a pushchair or buggy? Yes, but we would ask that you start at the back and are aware of and are considerate to other participants along the way.
What about dogs? You are welcome to bring dogs but please make sure they are on a lead and that you start at the back.
When do I get my Santa suit? So that you are wearing your Santa suit when you do the run, we will be distributing them in the 3 weeks before the event. We will let you know where and when you can collect your suit. It will also be published on the website in due course.
Do I have to sign-in when I arrive? Yes. For health and safety reasons, we need to know who is taking part, so it is vital that you sign in on arrival.
Are there changing facilities at the venue? Changing facilities will not be available. You are advised to ensure that all valuables are left at home.
What do I need to wear? You should wear comfortable and warm clothing under the Santa Suit suitable for the weather conditions on the day. Suitable footwear is recommended.
Can I park at the venue? Car parking facilities will be available in all the
recognised car parks in Blandford. Please remember to secure your car before you leave for the run.
Can someone else run instead of me? No. For health & safety and insurance reasons, we need to know exactly who you are from your registration.
What time should I arrive at the venue? Registration on the day will open at 9.30 am for a start at 10.30 am.
Will the results be published? The Santa Stride is not a competitive event, the aim is to enjoy the company and have fun so, apart from announcing the amount raised in the local press, we will not be publishing individual results nor indeed PB times. A report of the event complete with photographs will be published in the local press, the website and our Facebook page.