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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 outside.

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 fundraising sponsorship.

7. Run through one of the greatest cities in the worldSanta in the city run

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 surroundings.

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 motivated.

11. Stress less

In a Christmas shopping frenzy? Running is beneficial for your mental health and wellbeing*, so pull up those socks and get going.

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 2017).


*Source: Mental Health Foundation