Sheffield’s canal towpath will be awash with Santas on Saturday 23 December as the city hosts its very own festive family fun run. The event, which will be quickly followed by the Sheffield Boxing Day Turkey Trot on Monday 26 December, is offering participants a free Santa suit and mince pies, with both organised to support charitable funds for the Christmas season.
Both of the upcoming events truly do have the festive spirit at their core – the idea came about when a family from the area decided that instead of swapping Christmas presents they would donate to a homeless charity.
Organiser Melanie Morison explains: “Our eldest daughter (Robyn, 19) suggested that instead of buying Christmas presents this year, we could pool what we would have spent on each other and donate it to the homeless. We thought that was a wonderful, selfless idea. So we put our heads together, and thought - why not create a couple of fun family events, and get other people involved?".
Coming from this was the Santa Fun Run and Turkey Trot, both of which give the option to run or walk either 5k or 10k, as Melanie details: “Both races are totally family friendly, wheelchair friendly and pram friendly; there is no time limit and they should be enormous fun.”
“The bottom line is, Christmas is a time for giving, so we'd like to help give as much as possible to those in need while at the same time giving a great deal of family-friendly fun to local people.”
With the Santa suits ordered and ready to go, you can register for the event on 23 December here.