Over a thousand Santas will be spotted in Chesterfield’s Queen’s Park on Christmas Eve, taking part in an event supported by the Spireites!
Following the success of last year’s inaugural Santa Fun Run in the town, a similar event will be staged this year to raise funds for a trio of charitable organisations.
The aim of the CBD Training Ltd Chesterfield Santa Fun Run & Walk is to raise over £10,000, which will be split equally between Ashgate Hospicecare, Weston Park Cancer Charity and retreat@Royal for the Mayor’s Appeal.
Organiser John Cannon, who is an avid runner and member of North Derbyshire Running Club, said: “We raised over £4,000 last year and the target is to more than double that and raise a five-figure sum. As well as raising valuable funds, we want to make it a fun day for all the family."
Speaking at the launch, which was held at Chesterfield's Proact Stadium, John added: “We have worked closely with the Chesterfield FC Community Trust and they are helping to raise awareness of the event. For the game against Barnet on Saturday, December 9, we want to fill the North Stand with people who have entered the event dressed in Santa suits!”
There will be a 5k family fun run or walk, which is sponsored by CBD Training Ltd, together with a 1500m kids fun run or walk sponsored by Unit 1 Fitness and Martial Arts. There is no age restriction and participants over 100 years old are guaranteed free entry!
The 5k event will be started by the Mayor of Chesterfield at 9.30am from the cricket pavilion, with the 1500m event starting at 10.30am.
Entry fees, which include a Santa suit to keep, together with a goodie bag and a medal, are as follows:
£12 for adults (fun run or 1500m)
£7 for children aged 11 to 15 years (fun run or 1500m)
£5 for children from 0 up to the age of 10 years (1500m)
Entries can be made online from Monday, October 9, via: www.northderbyshirerc.jimdo.com.
Spectators on the day will listen to Christmas carols played by The Ashover Band and there will be mulled wine on offer and festive stalls to get everyone in the Christmas spirit.
In addition to the main sponsors, CBD Training LTD and Unit 1 Fitness and Martial Arts, the following organisations are also kindly supporting the event: Chesterfield Borough Council, Queen’s Park Leisure Centre, Chesterfield FC Community Trust, North Derbyshire Running Club, The Unique Network, Elastic FM, Fredericks Ice Cream, The MOT Centre, Siddalls Roofing, Mercol Engineering and Banner Jones Solicitors.
Further information about the event is available via www.northderbyshirerc.jimdo.com. On Facebook, search for ‘Santa Fun Run - Chesterfield’ for the latest updates.