Marlow Santa’s Fun Run – UPDATE

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With just over 6 weeks to go until the Santa’s Fun Run ( ) on Sunday December 5th , the The Rotary Clubs of Marlow who organise the event have given us a bit of an update on progress:

Well over 1000 entries have already been received, and despite the continuing Covid concerns we hope to “sell out” towards the end of November.

We are particularly pleased to see a large number of team entries this year – representing both charities and local organisations. We believe local businesses in particular are using this opportunity to create a bit of light relief and team bonding after such a difficult period

Examples of local business include Estate Agents Savills based in Marlow and the GOTO Group based in Lewknor.

Examples of charities include Thames Valley Air Ambulance, Bucks Carers and the Marlow Opportunity Playgroup

Thames Valley Air Ambulance have in recent years had many supporters entering the Fun Run. This year they are expecting a bumper turn out – and hoping for close to around 100 supporters, paramedics and other staff to enter and raise money for the charity.

Marlow’s Simon Wetenhall, Senior Critical Care Paramedic, at Thames Valley Air Ambulance, said: “Santa and his reindeers aren’t the only ones on duty on Christmas Eve. Our paramedics and doctors work 365 days a year to keep our community safe.

“As a charity, we couldn’t do what we do without the generous support of our local community. That’s why we’re delighted to be one of the two chosen charities for the Marlow Santa Fun Run this year. It’s a fantastic event and this year they’re hoping for a bumper turnout. Along with my family, I’ll be buttoning up my Santa suit and joining in on December 5th – I hope to see you there.”

Simon Wetenhall (Thames Valley Air Ambulance)

Jane Gibbons – Marlow Opportunity Play Group Leader – commented: “In 2020 the Playgroup raised over £2000 as a result of this fantastic event. We are entering a team again this year – and hope to secure a proportion of the £5000 “Charity Pool” that the organisers have made available. In difficult times these opportunities are more important than ever”

Marlow Opportunity Playgroup (preparing for the 2021 event) 

The organisers – The Rotary Clubs of Marlow – have received various questions regarding precautions being taken to minimise the risks of Covid infections. John Prout – Chair of the Organising Committee commented: “We are taking the preparations very seriously indeed, and whilst it is an entirely outdoor event we ask everyone involved to take extra care when congregating for the run. We have taken external expert advice – and will be reminding all entrants regarding the precautions well in advance”.

More info and entry forms here:

Article author: Paul Merchant

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