Runner Numbers

The runner number you are given is personal to you, do not exchange it or give it away. The swapping of numbers is strictly prohibited. Fasten your number securely to the front of your Santa Suit with the safety pins provided. Do not fold, cut down or deface the number in anyway. Please place your full name and the nature of any medical conditions you may have, on the reverse of your number.

Before the Start

Please try to arrive on Sunday 17th December 2017 well before the start time of 11.30am. You may have to park some distance away and the areas around the Cathedral and Castle will be very busy.  Make your way to the Start on Union Road,  if possible avoiding going through the Castle grounds.  There is no requirement to register again, so to participate you must be wearing your santa suit and display your University of Lincoln Santa Fun Run 2017 runner number on the front of your outfit. 


Event parking is very limited. Please use city centre car parks. There is no parking in or around the Start in Union Road and the Finish area in Castle Square. Parking is also available in Pay and Display car parks around the city. The nearest parking area will probably be Westgate Car Park, opposite Westgate School. It is 'Pay & Display' and Disabled Blue Badger holders get double the allotted time (i.e. pay for 2 hours and you'll get 4 hours of parking). Click here for Lincoln Christmas Parking Guide.
Please arrive in plenty of time. Roads on the route may be closed from 10am.

Runner Pack and Santa Suits

When registering for the event, you must choose a location to pick up your Runner Pack and Santa Suit. You will then be emailed a confirmation of your registration, along with a unique order number. Please bring that email with you to collect your items. You are strongly advised to collect your Runner Pack and Santa Suit BEFORE THE DAY. For those unable to collect them prior to the event, your Runner Pack and Santa Suit can be collected on the day from the Rotary Club of Lincoln Colonia's marquee in Castle Square.

Details for colection points for runner packs and santa suits can be found here.

No Changing Facilities

Runners are advised to arrive dressed in their Santa Suits as there are no covered changing facilities in Castle Square or Union Road. 

Toilet Facilities

Male & Female public toilets are situated on Westgate, Newport Arch, Castle Square and the Lawn Complex on Union Road.

Route Accessibility

The course is fully accessible for wheelchair use, however, please be aware there are a number of tight turns, sharp inclines and some cobbles in the cathedral and Castle Square areas.

StreetBeat Lincoln

This year StreetBeat Lincoln will be performing at the event to cheer you along. Please support them enthusiastically.

Royal Air Force Association

This year one of our charities RAFA to coincide with our Lincoln event has organised six Santa Fun Runs held at RAF and MOD stations around the world during the week leading up to our event. These include in the Falklands, Cyprus, Afghanistan and here in the UK.

The Course


Collect your santa suit (if not already done so) in Castle Square. All entrants should then assemble in Union Road. START - Union Road - turn right onto Westgate - straight ahead through the ‘NO ENTRY’ signs onto Bailgate - turn left along Bailgate through Newport Arch - turn right onto Church Lane - bear right onto Northgate - turn right onto Nettleham Road - straight ahead through Pottergate Arch - turn right into Minister Yard - straight ahead into Castle square.


Pass through Castle Square - turn left onto Drury Lane - right onto Union Road - follow the same route as on the first lap to the FINISH in Castle Square.


The University of Lincoln Santa Fun Run and Walk 2017 is not a race and therefore there will be no timing for completion, however we appreciate that some entrants enjoy a competitive event so we will be awarding trophies to the first girl ( under 14) finisher, the first boy ( under 14) finisher, the first lady finisher and the first man finisher.  The organisers decision is final. 

Lost Children

In the event of a child becoming lost, they should be taken to the Rotary Club of Lincoln Colonia marquee in The Castle Square where they will be looked after by a member of staff who has been security cleared and removed to a safe and warm area. Please note that lost children will not be released to a member of the public until the member of staff is satisfied that their identity is genuine.

Pushchairs and Young Children

For safety reasons entrants with pushchairs and young children are required to start the run from the designated Family Area in Union Road.

Doggy Dash

Entrants running with dogs will be starting in the Doggy Dash section and all information will be provided on the day. For safety reasons entrants with dogs can only start from the designated doggy dash section. Please ensure you bring your own clean-up provisions. Dogs will be awarded their special commemorative ribbon for the 2017 Doggy Dash.

Music and Earphones

For safety reasons please do not wear earphones when running It is essential that you can hear our event marshals and that you are aware of any traffic or emergency vehicles nearby.

Photography & Drone Operations

The University of Lincoln Santa Fun Run & Walk is an event held in a public space. Video and still photographic images (including aerial drone photography) may be taken of the event and its participants. By participating (as entrant or spectator) in the University of Lincoln Santa Fun Run & Walk you consent to being filmed or photographed during the event and to any such images taken being used by the organisers, the sponsors or the supported charities for purposes associated with promotion of this and future Lincoln Santa Fun Runs and other charity events.To comply with CAA regulations participants agree to observe any instructions given to them by the drone operating company, either directly or via an event marshal or organiser. Should you have any concerns about the drone operations please notify the organisers. STOP PRESS: Drone aerial photography will not be taking place at this year's (2017) event.

At The Finish

After finishing the 2017 Lincoln Santa Fun Run & Walk you will be awarded an exclusive commemorative medal. There will be no timing of positions or places.

Santa Run Time

17th December 2017 at 11:30 -125 days : -5 hrs : -32 mins : -30s

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