Boston to get its first ever Santa Run this year

The poster for the Santa Run
The poster for the Santa Run

Ho, ho, ho! It might be only August but organisers of Boston’s first ever Santa Run are appealing for people to take part.

Organised by the Boston Community Runners group, the event has been timed to coincide with the town’s festive market.

The group are looking for up to 500 runners of any level to take part and help raise cash for the club and other charities.

Those who enter will be given a Father Christmas outfit to wear as they run, jog or walk around the 5k route.

Group member Sarah Burton said she came up with the idea after Boston Council made a request asking people for ideas for events in the town.

She said the Council liked the idea and asked her to join a volunteer group to develop it, and they decided to use the regular Park Run as the starting point.

Sarah said they are now looking for two local charities to fundraiser for with some of the funds also going to the running club and to hopefully help fund next year’s run.

“We’re going to be contacting local businesses next month to ask them to come on board and help sponsor the event from the Santa suits to the goodie bags,” she said.

“It should be a fantastic sight to see so many festive costumes taking part - it’ll put a smile on everyone’s face.”

The organisers decided it would be a good idea to combine the run with the existing festive market on 16 December.

Sarah said it would help make the day longer with more to do, and the events would be a boost for each other.

She said they were now looking for businesses to help with sponsorship and volunteers to help with the sponsorship as well as people to run the race.

“It’s set to be a fabulous event and we want as many people as possible to join us. So come on Boston. Let your hair down and don your Santa suits.”

The run will start at Central Park and finish at the town’s Market Place where the festive market will be taking place.

Entry is £10 per person, which includes the costume. For more information and details of how to sign up go to the Boston Santa Run Facebook page.