Colchester Santa Fun Run 2017 will be a fun run with bells on!

31 October 2017

Date and time: Friday 3 November, 12.40pm-12.55pm

Venue: Colchester Campus, Colchester Institute, Sheepen Road, Colchester CO3 3LL

More than 40 Colchester Institute students will don their Santa suits on Friday (3 Nov) to help launch the Colchester Santa Fun Run 2017.

It will be the eighth consecutive year that the event, which is organised by the Colchester Hospitals Charity (CoHoC), has been held but for the first time people registering to take part on Sunday 10 December will be given jingle bells to wear in order to sound, as well as look, “Christmassy”.

Students at Colchester Institute will on Friday wear their Santa suits and jingle bells for a practice run at the College in order to help launch this year’s event.

As always, the December fun run will take place in Castle Park with a 3km (1.9 miles) and a 5km (3.1 miles) event, which will both start at 10am and finish near the bandstand.

Once again, the proceeds will be donated to CoHoC’s £3.25m Cancer Centre Campaign to create an integrated cancer centre at Colchester General Hospital.

Caroline Bates, CoHoC’s Head of Charity and Fundraising, said she anticipates that about 600 people will take part this year. Every participant will receive a medal, water, chocolate and banana.

“This is a fantastic, fun event in the lead-up to Christmas and is suitable for people of all ages and abilities,” she said.

“Families, friends and work colleagues are all encouraged to take part. You don’t even have to run – you can jog, walk or stroll round the course if you prefer, or push a buggy.

“We want to make this the best year ever and see a record number of Santas in the park, so come on, join the fun and celebrate the start of Christmas with us!”

Maeve Borges, Vice Principal: Student Services and Support, said: “As part of our pledge to support the Cancer Centre Campaign as our Charity of the Year, we are excited to offer the charity a chance to launch the Santa Fun Run at our Colchester campus. It is a great opportunity to get our students excited about the event and encourage the wider College to get involved and join in!”

Cheaper “early bird” entry fees are available until Friday 10 November (up to 11.59pm) for people who register for the event on the CoHoC website (

Adults – 16 years and over, £15 per person, which includes a free Santa suit

Children – aged 5-15, £7.50 per person, which includes a free Santa hat

Teams of 10 or more – £7.50 per person, which includes a free Santa suit for adults and a free Santa hat for children

After 11 November, it will cost adults £17.50 to register and members of teams £10 per person. The price for children will not change.

Registration closes on Friday 8 December at midday. To register on the day of the Santa Fun Run will cost £25 for adults and £10 for children.

The entry fee covers only the cost of putting on the event so Mrs Bates is asking every adult participant to raise at least £25, under 15s at least £10, teams of 10 at least £250 and families of four at least £50. People who prefer to make a donation rather than collect sponsorship can do so via the CoHoC website.

Entry is free for children under the age of five. Anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult aged at least 18.

On 10 December, runners will be able to collect their Santa suits and Santa hats from near the bandstand between 9am and 9.59am. Both courses are run on hard surfaces.

The Colchester League of Hospital and Community Friends will be there on the day to sell tea, coffee and cake.

* Anyone wanting more information about the Santa Fun Run or to sign up should phone Julie Arthur, CoHoC Fundraising Officer, on 01206 745303. Alternatively, you can book online via the CoHoC website: