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Burghley Rotary will be holding its twelfth Stamford Santa Fun Run on Sunday 9 December 2018 within Burghley Park. As per previous years, the emphasis is for local organisations and charities to enter their own teams in the Fun Run to raise money by sponsorship for their own good causes. Last year 75 teams took part and a total of over 500 "Santas" ran or walked the course despite the wintry weather. .


The event will take place on Sunday 9 December 2018.

If arriving by car you should enter Burghley Park through the Station Gates entrance off Barnack Road. The car park and event area can be reached by turning right immediately on entering the Park. The start point for the run is between the bottom of the cricket ground and Lady Diana's Memorial Ground. Google Earth coordinates are 52' 38 57.15N, 0' 28.18.63W. The postcode is PE9 2DW. Click here for a site plan of the area or here for a Google map of the start point.

Start Time

The run will commence at 11.30 a.m. Those intending to run will be invited to start first, followed by the joggers, the walkers, the strollers, the amblers, the dog walkers (on leads please), the pushchairs, etc. Check-in will be open from 10.00 a.m. We recommend you plan to be at the event start by 11.00 a.m. for the warm-up event at 11.15 a.m. Note the start of the "Santa Doggy Competition" is at 10.30 a.m as detailed on below.


The event will be on tarmac roads and country paths so your footwear should be suitable for these tracks bearing in mind it is December and may have been raining recently. To complete the 5km it will be necessary to complete 3 laps of the track. You will be expected to count your own completed laps although it is perfectly acceptable for you to complete less than the 3 laps if you want.


There will be toilet facilities adjacent to the event start suitable for disabled access. St John Ambulance first aid points will be located at strategic points around the track. Refreshments will be available for all entrants after the event, courtesy of Anne Corder Recruitment.

How to Enter

We would prefer you to enter and pay using the on-line application form. Here you will be able to enter a new team, apply to run with an existing pre-registered team or enter as an individual. Note that if you entered a previous Stamford Santa Fun Run since 2015/16, your "Entry Profiles" are already created. Thus,you may simply log on using your previous username/email address and password. You can then create your own "Runner Profile" together with those for your friends and family, select your choice of Team - or create a new one - and then make a single payment for all your Runners. You can pay the fee using PayPal or use your debit/credit card; A more detailed explanation of the entry process is available on the How to Enter page; alternatively, please print and complete the individual on-line entry form  and return, with the entry fee and a SAE, to:

Stamford Santa Fun Run Entry, Goldfield, 59 Exeter Gardens, Stamford, Lincs, PE9 2RN. Cheques should be payable to "The Rotary Club of Stamford Burghley"

Click here to enter the event online

You may also enter personally: see "Suit Collection" below.

Last minute entries will be accepted on the day of the event at Reception. However, please note that due to lack of electronic connections, payment by cash will be required.


A new feature for 2018 is an "Early Bird" discount for Adults who enter the event on or before 31 October 2018; the fee will then be £13. Thereafter, from 1 November 2018, the fee will increase to £15. The fee for Children 12 and under will be £7. The fee includes a free Santa Suit inclusive of hat and beard which is yours to keep. All entrants will receive a medal on completion of the course.

Children 4 and under are free, but no Santa Suit will be provided. Please do not enter their details for the event or you could be charged.


Teams should ideally be a minimum of 6 runners. Each team will need to have an appointed Team Leader who needs to register the name of the team with us, ideally on-line. Alternatively, please print, complete and post the Team Entry Form.  Once registered, further individuals can enter for their Team.


If you are an individual or a representative of a Team who wishes to raise sponsorship money for your own specific charity or good cause, please specify clearly on the entry form. Alternatively, sponsorship money raised can be donated to the Rotary Club of Stamford Burghley, who support local good causes; this year they are:

Phoebe Research.   www.phoeberesearch.org.uk

Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice.   www.sueryder.org/thorpehall

Mind for Wendy   www.cpslmind.org.uk

Gift Aid

If you pay income tax please tick the "Gift Aid" box. This enables us to reclaim 25p for every £1 donated. Please also make sure your sponsors tick the Gift Aid box as well on your sponsorship forms. It is important that each individual sponsor provides their full HOME address and post code. If this is not completed the Inland Revenue will not agree to Gift Aid.


Sponsorship Forms can be downloaded from the web site. Money collected for the Rotary Club of Stamford Burghley must be paid to us by 14 January 2019. Teams and individuals raising money for their own causes are asked to let us know how much has been raised by 14 January 2019 to assist in our publicity. Cheques and/or details should be sent to: Stamford Santa Fun Run Manager, Goldfield, 59 Exeter Gardens, Stamford, Lincs, PE9 2RN.

Click here for Sponsorship Forms

Suit Collection

If you apply online you will receive an email confirmation and reference number. Applicants by post will receive confirmation and reference number with their SAE. The reference number will entitle you to collect your Santa Suit from:

Christ Church Access and Learning Centre,

Green Lane



Telephone 01780 766445

Note:  Green Lane can be reached by Recreation Ground Road then continue straight up the hill.

Collection times are as follows:

1st December to 8th December 2018 inclusive, during the following times:

  • Saturday 1st and 8th December - 10.00 to 13.00 hrs
  • Sunday 2nd December - 12.00 to 15.00 hrs
  • Monday 3rd, Wednesday 5th and Friday 7th  December - 15.00 to 18.00 hrs
  • Tuesday 4th and Thursday 6th December - No Collection

Please note that the registration procedure can also be carried out during the above times. All forms will be available and payment, in cash please, will be taken at the same time.

Suits can also be collected on the day of the Stamford Santa Fun Run at the start venue, but please allow time to do this and bring along your confirmation details including entry number.  If you can, please try to collect your suits before the day.

Santa Doggy Competition

A free "Santa Doggy Competition" will be held on the morning of the event with Registration for the dogs commencing at 10 a.m. The parade and judging will be at 10:30 a.m. All we ask is that the owner of the dog registers for the Santa Fun Run either before the event or on the day. There will be prizes awarded and the competition is being sponsored by "Pets Korner" of Stamford Walk, Stamford. Dogs, on leads, may enter the run.

Acknowledgements for this following video go to Ben Lawrence who produced the video as part of his volunteering element of his Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award that he successfully completed last year.