Santa Fun Run

Sunday 5 December 2021

Join the jolliest run of the year!

Our iconic annual Santa Fun Run returns to Colchester Castle Park.

The Santa Fun Run, now in its 12th consecutive year, is the ideal way to kick off your festive season and get fit at the same time.

You can run, jog or walk the 5km or 3km routes around Colchester’s picture perfect Castle Park. Most of all you’ll be having fun while doing something amazing for the hospital, ward, department or appeal that means most to you – the choice is yours!

Everyone gets a free Santa suit which we will give you on the day.

Online registrations close at 12pm, Friday 3 December, but you can register on day – simply head to the registration desk near the Bandstand at 9am.

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At a glance

Date: Sunday 5 December 2021
Time: 9.00am registration, run starts at 10.00am
Venue: Colchester Castle Park, CO1 1UG
Meeting point: The Bandstand
Distance: 5km and 3km routes

Entry fees

Adults: £10.00 + free Santa suit (fits 16+yrs)
Children: £7.50 + free Santa suit (fits 5-15yrs)
Teams of 10: £75.00 + free Santa suits (£7.50 for each additional team member)
Under 5s free

Fundraising target

Adults: £30.00 each
Children: as much as they can!


To celebrate your success, every participant will receive a Santa Fun Run 2021 medal at the finish line!

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Santa suits

Our Santa suits come in a range of styles and sizes. Be sure to pick correctly when you register.

Adult Santa suit

Ladies Santa suit SOLD OUT

Youth Santa suit (9-14yrs) SOLD OUT

Child Santa suit (5-8yrs)


It’s entirely up to you which ward, department or appeal you would like to support. Choose the one that means the most to you.

We ask adults to raise a minimum £30.00 each and children as much as they can. However, there is no limit and every penny you raise will support patients. Please make the most of this fun opportunity and raise as much as you can. It really will make a difference.

The easiest way to fundraise is online via JustGiving.

Alternatively, a traditional sponsorship form is included in the participant pack which you will receive by email once you’re registered.

Your entry fee covers our costs, but does not include a donation to the charity so don’t forget to fundraise.

If you prefer, you can make a donation instead of collecting sponsorship. Please choose this option when you register.

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If you’re a first time runner or haven’t run for a while, we recommend you download Public Health England’s tried and tested Couch to 5K app for your training. The easy to follow programme will ensure you train safely and effectively in time for your run.

Want to look the part whilst training?

Order a t-shirt or running vest

Santa Fun Run terms and conditions

You must agree to the terms and conditions of the event. We also need to ensure we have up to date contact details for you in the case of an emergency. It is your responsibility to check the information you have supplied is accurate. We are only responsible for registering you in accordance with the information you provide.

By registering you are agreeing to pay Colchester & Ipswich Hospitals Charity a registration fee of £10.00 adult (16+ years), £7.50 child (5-15 years), £75.00 a team (10 people) and/or £7.50 for each additional team member (only available when purchased with a team ticket) to secure your place. Children under five years can enter for free.

Withdrawals and transfers
Your registration fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. If for any reason you choose to withdraw from the Santa Fun Run, we ask that you advise us as soon as possible.

Event cancellation
Due to health and safety reasons on the day, the event may have to be reduced or altered to accommodate unexpected complications (for example, severe weather).

If the event is cancelled, due to weather or other factors beyond our control, your registration fee will be automatically deferred to the revised date.

If COVID-19 restrictions require us to cancel the event, a virtual event will be held instead. Details of this will be emailed to you with notice of the event changing.

There is no minimum age to participate in the Santa Fun Run. Children aged under five may take part free of charge. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

The Santa Fun Run 2021 is a fundraising challenge event. By purchasing a place to participate in the Santa Fun Run for Colchester & Ipswich Hospitals Charity, you undertake to raise a minimum of £30.00 (per adult) in sponsorship (excluding gift aid and the registration fee).

You agree to pay all sponsorship monies and donations received for the event to Colchester & Ipswich Hospitals Charity within a reasonable time.

You agree to comply with any instructions or guidance relating to fundraising and be responsible for any costs, taxes or expenses incurred or arising in connection with raising monies or sponsorship.

You agree to Colchester & Ipswich Hospitals Charity contacting you to discuss your fundraising activity and follow up on your progress.

You agree to encourage donors and/or sponsors to make gift aid declarations where eligible, which may enable Colchester & Ipswich Hospitals Charity to recover basic rate tax on such donations. For further information about Gift Aid visit

Health and fitness
You should satisfy yourself that you are in good health and physically able to participate in the event. You should consult a GP or hospital doctor prior to the event if you have any concerns.

Clothing and personal items
You are advised to wear comfortable clothing and running footwear for the event. Your Santa suit will go over the top of your clothing.

Colchester & Ipswich Hospitals Charity accept no responsibility for damage or loss of personal property brought into events.

By taking part in this event, you acknowledge that there may be conditions or circumstances beyond our control that can lead to unforeseen risks. Colchester & Ipswich Hospitals Charity will be working with Colchester Events Company, Amphora and Aspire Races (Chiptiming UK) who will be responsible for the safety of route including the provision of marshals.

Use of image
You give permission for the free use of your name, voice or picture in any broadcast, telecast, advertising, promotion or any other account of this event. Photography, or filming of children without first obtaining consent from the legal guardian is strictly prohibited.

Data protection
Please be aware that by registering you authorise Colchester & Ipswich Hospitals Charity to process your personal and sensitive data in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 for the purposes of this event.

Colchester & Ipswich Hospitals Charity reserves the right, in its absolute discretion, to refuse entry into or remove from the event any person. This includes, but is not limited to, a person who has behaved in a manner which, in the opinion of Colchester & Ipswich Hospitals Charity;

Has, or is likely to, adversely affect the event or the safety or enjoyment of other participants and spectators.

Who has used threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour or in any way that provokes a breach of the peace.

For the safety of others is or appears to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, participants/spectators do not drink alcohol or take drugs before or during the event. Individuals who appear to be under the influence of either alcohol or drugs will not be allowed to take part in the event or be a spectator and will be asked to leave.

I hereby apply to participate in this event. I accept and agree that neither the organisers nor officials, the NHS, the Charity, sponsors or fellow competitors shall be liable in any way, or in any circumstances, for damages or injury that I may suffer during this event.

I understand and agree to abide by the terms and conditions of the event (above) and I agree to participate in this event at my own risk.

I agree that I will follow the instructions given.

Your completion of the online registration process confirms acceptance of these conditions of entry.

If during the event you are involved in an incident, please ensure that you pass on all your details – it is not the responsibility of the event organisers.