Useful Information

The 2019 Lincoln Santa Fun Run is scheduled to take place on Sunday 15th December 2019; it is a 4.5km 2 lap fun run (or walk) set around the historic Bailgate area of Lincoln. Runners can choose to run 1 lap (2.6 Km) or 2 laps (4.6 Km). Runners dressed in their Santa suits set off at approximately 11.30am from The Westgate and two laps of the course later will finish at Castle Square to be awarded their 2019 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.

Start time 11:30 am Sunday 15th December 2019 on The Westgate

Please arrive at least 30 minutes before the start time.

Suits & Runner Numbers

The registration fee entitles all participants to a free Santa Suit and runner number which is unique to you. This should be collected before the event from the pickup point selected during the registration process (click here to see pick up points). There is an option to have the Santa Suits and runner numbers delivered for an additional £5.00 charge. Participants are expected to wear the Santa Suit provided and must display the runner number. The runner number should be fastened securely to your Santa Suit. Do not fold, cut down or deface the number in any way. Anyone with a medical condition should make sure any necessary information is available in case of emergency during the event. The medical information on the reverse of the Runner Number should be completed before the event.

Medical Advice 
Anyone who has a medical condition that we should complete the Medical Information section on the back of their runner number.  Make sure you write your name, emergency contact details and any medical information – including medication you may be taking.

Children and Pushchairs
For safety reasons entrants with pushchairs and young children are required to start the run from the designated Family Area in The Westgate. The event is open to Santas of all ages. Runners up to 8 years old must participate with a parent or responsible adult, which means everyone needs to register to take part (under 5’s can register free as L’Elf Runners). Those aged 9 and over can run alone, but anyone aged 16 and under must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult on the day.

Before the Start
Please try to arrive on Sunday 15th December 2019 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 The Westgate. There will be no thoroughfare through the Castle grounds to Union Road and Westgate. There is no requirement to register again, so to participate you must be wearing your santa suit and display your Lincoln Santa Fun Run 2019 runner number on the front of your outfit.

Event parking is very limited. Please use city centre car parks. There is no parking in and around the Start/Finish area in Castle Square. Parking is also available in Pay and Display car parks around the city.
Please arrive in plenty of time. Roads on the route may be closed from 10am
Click here for Lincoln Christmas Parking Guide or click here for general parking facilities in Lincoln city.

Toilet & Changing Facilities
Runners are advised to arrive dressed in their Santa Suits as there are no covered changing facilities in Castle Square or The Westgate. 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 Castle Square areas.

The Course
We have created an exciting new route for 2019. Staring in the Westgate and finishing in Castle Square. Runners can choose to complete one lap (2.6 Km) or 2 laps (4.6 Km). Click here for route details and map.

Road Closures
A copy of letter to local residents is available here to download (click).

Doggy Dash
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 2019 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. Please 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 2019 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.

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.

Photography and Drone Operations
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 2019 Lincoln Santa Fun Run & Walk you will be awarded an exclusive commemorative medal. There will be no timing of positions or places.

Terms and Conditions
Please ensure you read our Terms & Conditions when you register and before the day.

We would love to hear your feedback on the event so that we can continue to improve next year. Once the run has finished we will put a simple online feedback form on the main page of this website.

Yes you can pre-register now with no obligation for the 2020 Lincoln Santa Fun Run here.