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Welcome to the Stamford Santa Fun Run home page

Date, Start Time and Venue

Sunday 10th December, 2023 with the run starting at 11am in Burghley Park (Station Gates entrance along Barnack Road, Stamford).  Come along and join us early though to enjoy the music, warm up led by our amazing motivators Paul Brewster and Emma Vaughan, race opening by a local Stamford celebrity, and general festivities.

A Festive Fun Family Event

Stamford Santa Fun Run is now an established annual event attracting people of all ages - and fitness levels. Children and adults receive a Santa suit through their entry fee, and can run or walk their choice of one of the three routes we offer within the safe, attractive and accessible setting of Burghley Park. You can pick from our 1-mile “Elves’ Escape”, 2-mile “Reindeer Run” or the 3-mile “Santa Special”.
Once you have collected your finisher’s medal, enjoy a mince pie, mulled wine, or a soft drink in the marquee and stands area. Music is played and there is a relaxed and jolly seasonal feel.

Stamford is the largest Santa run for miles around; as well as a huge contingent from Stamford, our Santas come over from Peterborough, Rutland, Bourne, Grantham and further afield.

Online Registration, Prices and Santa suit collection

Online registration opens on Sunday 1st October – payment can be made using PayPal or debit/credit card. Further payment details are on the Event Information page.
  •  ‘Early-bird’ discount entry price for adults during the period 1st – 31st October: £14
  • Entry price for adults during the period 1st November to 3rd December: £15
  • Entry price for children (5-12): £8
  • Entry price for children 4 and under: Free [Please do not register these children for the event or you will be charged].
The entry fee includes a Santa suit (not for those aged 4 and under - we couldn’t source one small enough!) which is yours to keep, a finishers medal, a mince pie and, if old enough, a glass of mulled wine. Collection arrangements for Santa suits is on the Event Information page.

Entry is limited to 1,500 participants and tickets are sold on a first come first served basis, so be quick! No entries on the day if we’ve already sold out.

Participants are free to raise sponsorship monies for causes of their choice or for our charities, detailed below.

Organisers and Our Charities

The event is co-ordinated by Stamford Striders in association with The Rotary Club of Stamford Burghley, and has a 15-year history in the town. All proceeds are shared between our nominated charities:
  • Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice (provides end-of-life care)
  • MindSpace Stamford (provides support for mental well-being)
  • The Rotary Club of Stamford Burghley (distribute to local good causes, and their charities)
Stamford Striders is self-funding and does not receive any income or donations from the Stamford Santa Fun Run. Its members support the event as volunteers, providing energy and resources for the event's smooth running.

Our sponsors for 2023 are: Savills Estate Agents, Buckles Solicitors, Zeeco, Jensen Security and Fire Systems, Caterpillar, Upp, Alltech, Five Horseshoes at Barholm, Lands End, True Potential Wealth Management and many others.
The event could not take place without the support of local businesses, pubs, retailers and cafes. A big thank you to them.
If you are interested in being a sponsor, please let us know.

A Choice Of Routes

They all start and finish in the same place, but choose on the day which distance you want to do. All routes are well signed and marshalled.

“Elves’ Escape” - 1 mile


“Reindeer Run” - 2 miles


“Santa Special” - 3 miles


Free Photos

We will have a photographer positioned on the route (they will be on part of the “Reindeer” and “Santa Runs” only). Stop for a photo and search our website later for your picture. It’s free to download. Please note that stopping to have your photo taken means you are happy for it to be published on our website.


The event could not take place without the support of local businesses, pubs, retailers and cafes. A big thank you to them.

If you are interested in sponsoring the event, then please let us know.

Data Protection

Please note the Stamford Striders and The Rotary Club of Stamford Burghley take data protection extremely seriously. The information you give on registration and thereafter will only be used to enable the complete online entry process to take place and will never be passed to a 3rd party. The Event Organisers will only contact you otherwise to provide information on current and future Santa Fun Runs.