2018 Marlow Santa’s Fun Run

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The Rotary Clubs of Marlow have announced that the 14th Annual Santa’s Fun Run will take place on Sunday December 2nd starting at 9.30AM. Yet again they promise a fantastic fun event that will appeal to the entire community – attracting both runners and spectators.  

The website – www.santasfunrun.org – is now live and initially 2500 entries are available to participants. Those interested in running are advised to go online and make their entry applications as soon as possible – THIS DOES SELL OUT EVERY YEAR!! Subject to demand – and insurer agreement – it may be possible to add a further 250 places.

A couple of changes for 2018

First, scooters will be banned. Rotary Santas Fun Run Chairman David Sutherland says: “Every year the Health and Safety aspects become more onerous, and to comply with our insurers this year we have had to completely ban scooters. I know some will be disappointed – but hopefully families will still be able to participate in the normal way. Pushchairs and dogs on a lead will still be allowed.”

The second change is a significant move to adopt a more environmentally friendly approach. The Rotary Clubs of Marlow have decided to stop supplying plastic water bottles, to stop providing plastic bags, to replace plastic cups with non-plastic versions and to generally adopt a “greener” approach for 2018 and build on this in future years.

The fun run

The 5 kilometre route takes participants from and then back to Higginson Park, and for all those who complete the course there is a celebratory medal. 

2018 will also continue the focus on making the day memorable for both runners and spectators. Those standing on Marlow High Street will again witness the truly fantastic sight of 2500 Father Xmas outfits running up the gentle incline, and then enjoy entertainment provided by the Marlow Jam Theatre Company.  


As usual a key focus is to encourage more runners – individuals and teams – to organise sponsorship around their own special charities. The website allows this to be done very easily – either by an online approach or by simply printing off paper sponsorship forms. The leading efforts at team or individual sponsorship will be invited to share the publicity that goes with the event – and Rotary might even add to the funds raised for the lead contributors.

There are two lead charities for 2018.

Marlow Opportunity Playgroup – a small local charity providing unique services to around 25 very special children and their families. They provide early intervention for pre-school children who face a broad and varied range of physical and mental challenges. 

Rennie Grove Hospice Care – This much respected local charity provides care and support to adults and children diagnosed with cancer, and other life-limiting illness, across Bucks and Herts. 

For more information visit: www.santasfunrun.org 

Article author: Paul Merchant

About the author: Founded MyMarlow.co.uk in its original version back in 2000 - yes the internet DID exist back then. Brought up in Marlow, went to school here, now has children at the same schools. Quite clearly loves all things Marlow - hence spending over 2 decades doing this!

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