Newbury Rotary Santa Fun Run 2023

Sun, Nov 26th 2023 at 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Super fun run raising funds for local charities (and best Santa Pet competition!)

And they're off!



Please read the information below before clicking on the Registration link at the bottom of the page.
Click here to see a video will give you a useful and hopefully entertaining introduction to the Santa Fun Run.
The event is organised by Newbury Rotary Club Volunteers assisted by Visit Newbury.
The object is to have fun and to raise money for worthy causes.
Entries fees after payment of costs, which are kept to a minimum and have been frozen at 2022 levels thanks to the support of our event Sponsor, UHY Ross Brooke Chartered Accountants (Newbury, Hungerford, Swindon and Abingdon), will be donated to a selection of Rotary Club supported charities.
Runners are invited to raise money for their own good causes using this event. 

Date:    Sunday 26th November 2023
Place:   The Market Place, Newbury RG14 5AA 


09:00    Check-in opens: Runners book in and receive official vest label with runner number.
10:00    Check-in closes followed by Start of Event & Warm Up
10:30    Fun Run Starts
12:00    Event Ends

Entry Fee:  Adults £15, Under 18’s and students £10, under 8’s £7 

All runners will receive a Santa Suit should they wish to have one (available in various sizes and styles). Suits to be collected with proof of registration from collection points in Newbury or on the day. Those that complete the Run will receive an engraved medal.

Route(s) 1 Km and 5 Km: 

Start from Market Place, Wharf Street, Victoria Park, (1Km route goes back to Market Place and finishes here), East Street, Speen, Northcroft, and back to finish at Market Square 5Km.

Download maps of all the routes here. 

Map for 1K route.
Map for 5K town centre route.
Map for 5K out of town route.


Please read all the information given before registering at the bottom as this will constitute acceptance of the terms and conditions. 

The Closing time for registration is 12 noon on Saturday 25th November 2023 or earlier if run capacity is reached (we will sell out quickly so get your entry in!!!). Suits can be collected beforehand from designated collection points in Newbury from Saturday 11th November 2023. Please bring a copy of your registration form with you when doing so. Otherwise registered runners can collect their suits from 9:00 am onwards when signing in for the event on the day. 
In the event that the Santa Fun Run has to be cancelled, all entry fees are non-refundable and will be treated as a charitable donation.
The Event Safety Plan is available for download by clicking here.

Registration and Payment: 
This is to be done via the Newbury Rotary Club Website via the link at the bottom of this page.

Collection of Suits 
Suits will be available for collection from Saturday 11th November. You are encouraged to collect your Santa Suits from the Newbury collection sites:
Scott Waters Opticians, 98 Northbrook Street, Newbury RG14 1AA. Open Mon-Fri 9:00am to 5:30pm, Sat 9:00am to 5:00pm.
Newbury Better Health and Fitness Centre, Park Way, Newbury RG14 1EE. Open Mon-Fri 6:15am to 10:00pm, Sat & Sun 8:00am to 7:00pm.

Terms and Conditions: 
This is a Fun Run which is not timed so is not a race. Runners can walk as much as they like. The route goes through public areas (streets, shopping areas etc.) and the public, bystanders and supporters should be treated with respect and given priority. Be aware, the public will be of all ages - old, young, fit and not so fit and may have pets in tow.
There will be qualified First Aiders present, but participants are responsible for their own safety, including their fitness to do the event.

Young Runners – Children (5-12 yrs.), Young People (13-17 yrs.) 
Ages are considered at 26th November 2023. All Young People (13-17) and Children (5-12) can only compete with the permission of their parent or guardian who are responsible for their safe conduct and behaviour throughout the event. Children from 5-12 must be accompanied by the responsible adult throughout the event. Children from 5-7 must only do the short (1 km) route.

13-17 year olds, who are not accompanied by an adult responsible for them, will need to hand in an information and permission slip signed by their parent or guardian when collecting their runner number on the day. 
Adults wishing to accompany their child over the 1 Km route and then leave their child in the care of another and then do the 5K run themselves. Please arrange for the other adult to be at marshal position m7 or m5a (see 1 km route map) so they can accompany the child back to the Market Place and the finish. Once the child has been safely handed over by you, you can then rejoin the 5 km route at the traffic light controlled crossing point across Park Way and then  go up the ramp into East Street. We are sorry it is not feasible from a timing or congestion point of view for you to take your child in person back to the Market Place and then do the run.

Road Crossings: 
Some of the route is in the Newbury Town centre pedestrian area. However, some crossings of roads and driveways are necessary and there is a section of road (Speen Lane) with no footway. Although Marshals will be assisting at key points, Runners will be crossing or running along live roads at their own risk and must obey the Highway Code. Those who are responsible for Young People (13-17) must ensure that the Young People understand and will abide by these conditions.

If you have read and agree to the above conditions, please click on the Link below to register and pay for your entry. Have an enjoyable and worthwhile day. Please contact if you have any questions. The allowed entry numbers are limited so please register early to avoid disappointment.

Some photographs will be taken for publicity purposes which Newbury Rotary and Visit Newbury may want to use on their websites. If you should not want photographs taken of individuals in your group, please let us know at registration. We will provide a tag so as to make every effort to exclude them from photos taken under our control.
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Click here to Register for the Newbury Santa Fun Run

Best Dressed Santa Pet
We will also be holding a competition for the best dressed Santa dog.
If you're not a runner but would like to bring your pet along and can dress them up a little (comfortably) for fun, then you could be in to WIN a hand-decorated bowl, generously donated to the Rotary Club of Newbury by The Ugly Duckling Pottery Painting shop, who bring coffee and creativity together on Newbury High Street.

Our sincere thanks to our event Sponsor, UHY Ross Brooke Chartered Accountants, for their kind support.
Newbury Rotary Club would like to thank Thatcham Rotary Club for their help and support. Thatcham has its own Santa Fun Run event on Sunday 3rd December 2023.

Thatcham Rotary Club Santa Fun Run 
The club would like to thank Newbury Town Council for the use of Victoria Park for the first part of the Run and for their general support.
Thanks also for the help given by Scott Waters Opticians, Newbury Better Health and Fitness Centre and Kennet Radio.


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