Still time to register for virtual Darlington Santa Run

Organisers of the Darlington Santa Run ho-ho-hope supporters young and old will join in some festive fun as a much-loved event goes virtual due to the pandemic.

With coronavirus restrictions still hampering many events, supporters of St Teresa’s Hospice are unable to gather safely for the annual Santa Run. Instead, individuals are asked to support their local Hospice by registering to put on the big red suit and pledging to run or walk a route of their choice on Sunday 6th December!

Last year saw more than 300 Santas running the usual 5km route, which winds along footpaths and up and down the hills of West Park Nature Reserve, and raised thousands of pounds to help support the Hospice’s vital work.

Entrants are guaranteed a free Santa suit if they register online at by noon on Wednesday 3rd December.

Competitors are urged to compete in safe social bubbles, either joining the Elf Amble or the Santa Sprint to raise much-needed sponsorship.

Chief Executive of St Teresa’s Hospice Jane Bradshaw said: “We are doing our very best to ensure COVID doesn’t steal Christmas. Runners can get Santa suits and hats to run in and we hope they will photograph themselves taking part and share these on social media, tagging us in. They can run or walk any distance and even take the family pet. After the event they will receive a special medal and we hope they will raise as much money as possible for us in these difficult times.”

As an early Christmas present participants will receive a medal afterwards for taking part and raising sponsorship.

Everyone taking part must check the latest Government coronavirus guidance before going for their run or walk. For any further information, please contact the dedicated Events Team on 01325 254321 or email [email protected]