The 2018 Lincoln Santa Fun Run and Walk
Scheduled to take place on Sunday 16th December 0218; it is a 3.5km 2 lap fun run (or walk) set around the historic Bailgate area of Lincoln. Runners dressed in their Santa suits set off at approximately 11.30am from Union Road and two laps of the course later will finish at Castle Square to be awarded their 2018 Medals.
There will be 2,500 Santas taking part supporting local charities and having a great time getting into the festive mood. This event is a fantastic spectacle of red, with Santa’s of all ages running and walking around the historic Lincoln Uphill area, all having terrific fun in support of deserving charities based in or working in Lincoln and Lincolnshire.
The runner numbers you are given are specifically allocated and must not be swapped with, or given away to, anyone outside your group.This year the back of your runner number is adhesive so stick it securely to the front of your Santa Suit ( no safety pins required!). Do not fold, cut down or deface the number in anyway.
Please see Medical Advice ( below) for keeping us informed of the nature of any medical conditions you may have.
Before the Start
Please try to arrive on Sunday 16th December 2018 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 2018 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 DO NOT PARK ON THE COURSE ROUTE. VEHICLES PARKED ON THE COURSE ROUTE BY THE ‘NO WAITING’ AREAS MAY BE REMOVED AT THE OWNER’S COST.
Please arrive in plenty of time. Roads on the route may be closed from 10am.
Runner Pack and Santa Suit Collection
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, for an additional £5.00, the Santa Suits and Runner Packs can be posted.
Runner Packs and Santa Suits can be collected from Firstaid4sport Ltd, Imp Travel, Anytime Fitness or E H Thorne (Beehives) Ltd or on the day from the Lincoln Colonia Rotary Club marquee in Castle Square.
|Firstaid4sport Ltd||AnyTime Fitness|
|6A Exchange Close||Units 2-4 Darwin Plaza ( Tesco Carpark)|
|Exchange Rd Off Doddington Rd||Wragby Road|
|Open Mon- Fri 9am-5pm||LN2 4QA|
|Mon-Thurs 9am-7pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm.|
|Imp Travel||E H Thorne ( Beehives) Ltd
|Sincil Street||Beehive Business Park – Rand|
|LN5 7ET||Market Rasen|
|Open Mon – Fri 9am-5pm + Sat Morning||Open Mon – Fri 9am -5pm + Sat Morning|
Toilet and 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.
Male & Female public toilets are situated on Westgate, Newport Arch, Castle Square and the Lawn Complex on Union Road.
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.
Anyone who has a medical condition that we should be aware of can request a Medical Advice Sticker. Make sure you write your name, emergency contact details and any medical information – including medication you may be taking – on the Medical Advice Sticker and stick that part on the chest area of your clothing underneath your Santa Suit. Use the marker to stick on the front of the outside of your Santa Suit so that it is clearly visible to show that you have a Medical Advice sticker.
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.
THE ROUTE – FIRST LAP 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.THE ROUTE – SECOND LAPPass 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.
Raise pounds with your hounds!
There is no extra charge to bring your dog to the Santa Run, although they must be on a lead. If you would like to take part with your dogs , please let us know how many dogs you will be bringing when you complete your own registration, so that we have an idea of numbers. There will be a dedicated separate start area for all our 4 legged participants. The Doggy Dash is not a race, with entrants free to walk at their own pace. The course route may differ slightly from the rest of the runners should the organisers deem it to be necessary.Dogs will be awarded their special commemorative ribbon for the 2018 Doggy Dash. There will also be prizes for the best dressed dogs! When you turn up, you will be directed to the Doggy Dash start point For safety reasons entrants with dogs can only start from the designated doggy dash section. Dogs MUST be kept on a lead at ALL times.Dogs are not permitted in the Lincoln Castle grounds. To ensure the safety of all dogs and people, dogs are ONLY allowed to take part as part of the Doggy Dash group. If nature calls for your dog, the mess must be picked up immediately, regardless of your location. Plase ensure you bring your own clean-up provisions. There will be additional bins located around the course for any mess your dog makes. Failure to do so will jeopardise the staging of future Doggy Dash events.
The Lincoln Santa Fun Run and Walk 2018 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.
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.
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.
Photography and Drone Operation
The 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 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.
At The Finish
After finishing the 2018 Lincoln Santa Fun Run & Walk you will be awarded an exclusive commemorative medal. There will be no timing of positions or places.
This year StreetBeat Lincoln will be performing at the event to cheer you along. Please support them enthusiastically.
Royal Air Force Association
During the week leading up to or Lincoln Event, one of our participating charaties, RAFA has organised six Santa Fun Runs to be held at RAF and MOD stations around the world including in the Falklands , Cyprus, Afgahanistan and here in the UK.
Terms and Conditions
Please ensure you read our Terms & Conditions when you register and before the day.