12 reasons to do the Santa run this year
This year is almost over, but before we hit 2017 we want to
give you that last little push to get your trainers on and get
With two Santa runs on our agenda, pull those socks up and run,
jog or walk your way to the finish line. Maybe even get your
family and friends to be there waiting for you with mulled wine and
minced pies! Here are 12 reasons to take part:
1. Challenge yourself
Everybody loves a challenge. Thought about maybe doing a run,
someday? Get out of your comfort zone and give it a go. With some
training, 5-10km should easily be within your capabilities and
besides it’s about the taking part, not winning.
2. Get fit
Don’t wait to set your New Year Resolutions, there’s no time
like the present.
3. Feel a sense of accomplishment
You know that sense of achievement you get when you finish a
piece of work, give a good presentation, cross the finish line?
Yes, get that feeling.
4. Release your inner merry maker
If you’re the merry maker in your group of friends or
colleagues, this is the perfect excuse to dress up and spread the
joy around London.
5. Help support our lifesaving work
Supporting St John Ambulance helps us put our first aid trainers
in schools, equip our volunteers and run our ambulances.
6. We’ll support you
Take part in a fundraising event and we’ll support you every
step of the way. Our fundraising team are always around to give you
help, advice, support and encouragement to help you raise your
7. Run through one of the greatest cities in the
Our Santa in the city fun run takes you through the streets of
London, along the Thames, to the Tower of London, finishing back in
the heart of St Pauls’ Paternoster Square. Run over the Millennium
Bridge, past the Tate Modern and the Globe before crossing back
over the Thames on the Southwark Bridge and take in the festive
8. Get outdoors (even if it’s cold)
It might be cold outside, but your Santa suit will be keeping
you toasty whilst you’re dashing through the (snow) streets.
9. Get social
Get your friends and colleagues together and help each other
out. And after the race, retreat to the pub for a celebratory
drink, everybody wins.
10. Take your furry friend
Take your dog out with you for your training runs. He’ll
appreciate the exercise and fresh air and you'll become even more
11. Stress less
In a Christmas shopping frenzy? Running is beneficial for your
mental health and wellbeing*, so pull up those socks and get
12. To train
Ease yourself into the running world and prep for a 10km,
half-marathon or even the full marathon! (If you’re feeling brave,
take part in the Virgin Marathon
Take part in our
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Santa in the city run
Mental Health Foundation