Pocket Race Guide - Festive Fun Runs
Grab a Santa suit and get ready to work the beardy look - it's time for a Christmas race or two.
Kick off your festive season with London's most popular Santa run. Join a fleet of more than two thousand Santas descending upon Battersea Park and get ready to baffle the busy park's other visitors. A popular warm-up accompanied by Christmas songs precedes a flat race taking in several laps of the pretty park. Be warned, it can get pretty toasty in that Santa suit so wear light layers underneath - or customise your suit ahead of the big day. Race hard to be London's speediest Santa or just enjoy taking part in this feelgood event. Enter online now.
In Liverpool they don't do things by halves. Not content to be the largest festive race in the UK, the Liverpool Santa Dash is looking for world domination. After having their World Santa Challenge record stolen last year by Las Vegas, organisers are keen to get a whopping 10,000 Scouse Santas on the move to reclaim the crown. But you can expect an unforgettable race whatever the result, with a course that explores Liverpool City Centre in a route meandering from the Liver Buildings to the Town Hall. There's also a mini-dash for children. Santa suits and T-shirts are included and all runners can look forward to a goody bag gift - and hopefully a world record too. Enter online now.
Forget the stereotype of a plus-size Santa munching mince pies - in this madcap multi-terrain adventure you'll have to move fast to catch the super-speedy male and female Santas ahead of the pack. There's a cash prize for the runner who manages it. There's also a prize for the best fancy dress - but don't expect your costume to stay mud-free for long on this fiendish course which throws bogs, hills and water obstacles at you thick and fast. After taming the Warwickshire countryside, you can tuck into the Christmas pudding waiting for you at the finish and soak up welcoming cheers from your accomplices. Enter online now.
Snow machines and seaside views combine to make this seasonal sprint appeal to all ages and running abilities. Bring all the family along to take part in this 5K fun run through Southsea or take on the more challenging 10K (adults only). This year's Santa suits will be an unusual blue for the 10K race, but as ever all funds raised will support the Portsmouth RNLI. This ever-popular race is guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit and if the course doesn't manage it, there's a tasty mince pie and memento T-shirt waiting at the finish line. Enter online now - 5K or 10K.
This Christmas pudding chase will whet your appetite. Hidden beneath a bulky pudding costume is a mystery votwo elite athlete, and if you're the first person to catch the pudding you'll bag a cash prize. The chase won't be easy though and you'll need to be ready to race over rough tracks, fields and forest trails in picturesque Pippingford Park. Whether or not you can take on the speedy sweet, there will be a reviving bowl of Christmas pudding with custard waiting for all finishers. In the season's spirit of togetherness, your spectators can even sip hot drinks under cover or race as a team of three. Enter online now.
Christmas spirits will be coming your way after this festive race - your goody bag will be packed with a bottle of wine, beer and a mince pie. But first you have to earn your festive treats by speeding over a single 5K lap of flat trails with a mix of club runners. Bring a Christmassy costume, wear it with pride and mingle post-race with fellow costumed crusaders over hot mince pies and a warming mug of tea at race HQ. Enter online now.
Soak up traditional Christmas cheer with a sing-song and a pipe band before the festive race even begins. Celeb spot STV presenter and Pop Idol winner Michelle McManus who will be supporting the dash for another year, then it's time to don your suit. And you might be glad of the hat and beard to keep you warm as you race along flat roads in the town and along Greenock's wintry waterfront. This race is growing every year and although it is smaller than some, it certainly doesn't lack in atmosphere. Celebrate post-race with a buffet and goody bag that'll round off a seasonal gem. Enter online now.
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