Marlow Santa Fun Run – fastest ever take up!

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The Rotary Clubs of Marlow have reported record levels of interest for entries to the 15th Annual Santa’s Fun Run ( )the ever popular 5km event taking place on Sunday December 1st .

Over 1,200 entries have already been registered!

The Marlow event is now recognised as one of the biggest in the UK – and the run up the High Street has to be the most iconic, with spectators enjoying the fantastic sight of 3,000 Santas running up, and then enjoying entertainment provided by the Marlow’s Jam Theatre Company. 

Given the speed of take up the organisers are advising potential entrants to act soon – early October traditionally sees a significant acceleration in entry activity, and the event usually closes to entrants soon after that. The event has been a “sell out” in each of the last 5 years.

Rotary Santas Fun Run Chairman John Prout told us: “The early take up has exceeded all expectations. I am also pleased to announce that one of our sponsors – Allergan based in Marlow – has agreed to make available a good quality re-useable water bottle for every runner – free of charge. The bottles will be handed out on the morning of the run, and will enable us to finally move away from deploying any form of single use plastic.”

John also reported that event sponsors and advertisers were contributing record sums. He said: “Our sponsors and advertisers have now committed to well over £7000 of support in cash. In addition local companies help in so many others ways – from Greens of High Wycombe printing our literature, Waitrose providing biscuits and bananas, to Platts providing transport on the day. With so many other supporters – far too many to mention – we really are so grateful for their help.”

The 2018 event raised over £45,000 for mainly local charities – a new record, thanks to both the runners and the many race sponsors, advertisers and support organisations. This year the Shanly Foundation has taken over as lead sponsor for the very first time.

There are two lead charities for 2019 – Wycombe Homeless Connection which gives real hope to those suffering from the trauma of homelessness, and Buckinghamshire MIND – a local charity working to support and represent people with mental health problems.

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Article author: Paul Merchant

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