Charity Santa Fun Run

Have you ever wanted to dress up as Santa and do a 3 or 5km run?  If the answer is yes, then now is your chance.

The Santa Fun Run, consisting of a 3km (1.86 miles) or 5km (3.1 miles) run, will start and finish near the bandstand in Colchester’s Castle Park on the morning of Sunday 9 December.

Last year’s event attracted about 400 runners who raised £17,000 which will be used to support patients in the new radiotherapy centre currently being built at Colchester General Hospital. Donations and sponsorship money from this year’s run will go to the same cause.

CoHoC is the charitable fund of Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust, which manages Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital.

The event is being organised by Caroline Bates, CoHoC Fundraising Manger, who has set a target of £20,000.

“This will be our third Santa Fun Run in Colchester’s Castle Park,” she said. “The feedback from last year was very positive so this time we want more people to join in the fun and raise funds for the radiotherapy centre.”

The Santa Fun Run is open to children and adults of all ages and abilities, including anyone who wants to walk or push a buggy, pram or even a wheelchair round the course.

Jan Wilks, Prefect Co-ordinator at St Helena School, said pupils – as well as herself – had taken part in the two previous Santa Fun Runs and would be doing so again this year.

“In 2010 and 2011, we had about 35 people taking part, including a few staff, and we’re hoping to at least match that this year,” she said. “Last year and this time, money raised will be used for cancer patients which, sadly, is something our children can already relate to. Even at a young age, many of their lives have been touched by cancer and in a school of 1,000 pupils we inevitably have people here who have lost a parent to cancer.”

This year’s event is being sponsored by Interserve, Toshiba, KLH Architects, Venables Associates, Dudley Smith Partnership, Rose Builders, Haydn Evans Consulting, East of England Co-operative Society, 5 Star Boot Camps and C3imaging.

Sir John Ashworth, Chairman of the CoHoC Committee, said: “We are very grateful to all the sponsors of this year’s Santa Fun Run. Their support means that every penny raised will be used to help people with cancer.”

In 2010’s first Santa Fun Run, 115 runners raised £6,000 which was used to buy a vital signs monitor for the Children’s Unit at Colchester General Hospital.

The entry fee is £10 for adults (aged 16 and over), £5 for children aged 5-15 and £5 each for members of a team of at least 10. Anyone raising £50 or more in sponsorship for CoHoC will have their entry fee refunded.

Entry for the under-5s is free but everyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Adults will be given a Santa suit and children aged 5-15 a Santa hat. Every runner will be given a free goody bag at the end of the run. A limited number of people will be able to enter on the day for £20 each,

On 9 December, runners will be able to collect their Santa suits from near the bandstand between 9am and 9.45am. Dan Thompson from Colchester Boot Camps will lead a group warm-up between 9.45am and 9.55am. The 5km run starts at 10am and the 3km at 10.05am. Both courses are on hard surfaces.

The £25m radiotherapy centre currently under construction at Colchester General Hospital is scheduled to treat its first patients in early 2014.

Anyone wanting more information about the Santa Fun Run or who wants to sign up should phone Caroline Bates, Fundraising Manager, on 01206 745282 or email fundraising@colchesterhospital.nhs.uk

Alternatively, you can book at: Santa Fun Run

Posted by Clare Kersey

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