Market Harborough Santa Run

2024 (TBC)

What better way to get warmed up for the festive period than a run or walk in a beautiful local park with a load of people dressed like Santa!

Event information

Back in 2024 for what is sure to be another fun-filled event, the run will take place in Welland Park, Market Harborough in December 2024 (Date TBC) at 2pm starting by the café in the park.

Registration will be outside the café and will open from 12pm where you will collect your race number and your Santa suit. There will be another chance to register at Snap Fitness on the evening of Wednesday 6th December 5-6.30pm.

There are two run distances available, the 5k and 2k.

Either distance can be completed by adults or children. We ask that under 11’s are accompanied by an adult at all times. Dog walkers with dogs on leads are also welcome.

If you don’t fancy doing the run, remember you can always come along on the day and support the runners taking part.

Please email us at us to let us know of your fundraising stories. Big or small we love to hear what you’ve been up to.


Adult – £17.50. Children (15 and under) – £10. Family tickets (up to 2 adults and 3 children) – £40. If you wish to provide your own suits, then it is half price.

Entry fee includes your Santa suit. We recommend that you wear your suit over your normal running clothing. Don’t forget your trainers! Santa suits are compulsory.

If your children are very little (under 2) and won’t require a suit, then you don’t need to register them.

Entries, and transfer of entries, will close 7-days before the event.

Start time/location

2pm starting by the café in Welland Park, Market Harborough.

The route

The route starts on the drive that is the entrance to the park from Welland Park Road. Heading towards the kids playground, you will pass the award winning rose garden. When you reach the big stone by the entrance to the playground, you have reached the start of the loop. The clockwise loop will be completed once if you are doing 2K and 3 times for the 5k. After your loops you will return to the café. The loop goes right around the outskirts of the park. All of the course will be well signed and marshalled. It will be impossible to get lost!

Our sponsors

A massive thanks to our event sponsors for a 8th year running, Snap Fitness Market Harborough. The friendly gym team will be on hand to lead a mass Santa warm up and discuss any post run niggles/training questions.

All entrants are entitled to a free 1 week trial membership at the gym. On the day they will also be offering one lucky winner a special prize so look out on their social media pages for details.


All finishers will receive a medal.

As a bonus, we will have a special guest entering the race…..the Christmas pudding.  If a runner beats the Christmas pudding home, they will win £100 for the charity of their choice.

It’s not only you that has an excuse to get dressed up, why not bring along your furry friends and dress them up too! Prize for the best dressed dog awarded by Paws 4 Walking.


Refreshments will be available at the Welland Park Cafe. Please bring along any spare change, the team from The Squires Effect will be running a tombola and other fun things to donate to. All proceeds to the charity. For the children there will be a very friendly Elf handing out festive treats, we can’t wait!


Our chosen charity for the event is the Squires Effect. They do some excellent work in and around the local area. It would be great if everyone could raise a little bit of sponsorship or donate when entering. Either way, it would be great if everyone could try to contribute £10. There are a number of ways to collect sponsorship money. You can set up an online fundraising account such as or use a sponsor form. Alternatively, you can download a sponsorship form here.

Free race photos!

As with all Race Harborough events – you don’t pay for your race pics! Free digital downloads of your race are available to download soon after the race finishes and we’ll announce their availability on our Facebook page.

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