Festive 3k Santa Fun Run in Castle ParkI’m not sure what your usual plans are on a Sunday morning but how about getting involved in something on Sunday 12th December to help raise money to buy extra equipment for seriously ill children at Colchester General Hospital.

2 months ago Castle Park was the scene of Colchester Free Festival. In under 1 months’ time it will be the scene of Colchester Hospitals Charity (CoHoC) first ever Santa Fun Run.

In addition to the great cause, there are three aspects I really like

1)  This isn’t just for serious runners. Fun runners, walkers, strollers and families can get involved by signing up in advance to walk, jog or run the three kilometre (1.86 miles) route around the park.
2)  It’ll all be done dressed as Santa Claus. A free Santa costume will be given to all adults taking part and a free Santa hat for all children aged 8-16 years.
3)  The fun run will be over in time for a much needed recovery pint!

Ben Howard
Keep Colchester Cool

The Colchester Hospitals Charity 3km Santa Fun Run takes place at 10am on Sunday 12th December in Castle Park.

Entry fee is £15 for adults aged 17 years and over, and £5 for children aged 8-16.
The under-8s are free, but everyone under 17 must be accompanied by an adult.
Adults will be given a Santa suit and children aged 8-16 a Santa hat.

CoHoC have also announced that an adult who raises £25 or more, or a child who raises £5 or more, will be able to take part for free*
*adults are allowed to keep the first £15 of their sponsorship if they raise £25 (or £5 if a child) as they will have already prepaid this   sponsorship .

For a free entry pack, people can book online at   www.doitforcharity.com/santa-3k-fun-run-2010-70839.aspx  
Or telephone 01206 745282 during office hours
Or email fundraising@colchesterhospital.nhs.uk

The closing date for entries is 5pm on Sunday 5th December.

Caroline Bates, CoHoC Fundraising Manager, said: “The emphasis will very much be on the ‘fun’ part and not the ‘run’ part! People who take part won’t have to run – they may wish to walk, or push a buggy, pram or even a wheelchair round the course; it’s the taking part that counts – and the signing up in advance!

“We want as many people as possible – mums and dads, couples or individuals, grandparents and children – to sign up to take part in the Santa Fun Run. All we ask is that everyone tries to raise as much personal sponsorship as they can for the charity.

“It will be a great family event, creating some festive spirit in the lead-up to Christmas, and a good way to raise money for seriously-ill children at the hospital.”

CoHoC is the charitable fund of Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital, in Lexden Road.