Santa and Elf Run

Our Christmassy run is open to all ages and takes place along a 2.5km course through the beautiful grounds of Dorothy House and beyond! Participants can choose to do the 2.5km route once or twice to make it a 5km run.

The race starts at 11am, with sign in open from 9:30am and a warm up at 10:50am.

Check out our 2023 run on Instagram here!

Register your interest for 2024!


    Santa and Elf run

    Festive attire

    All paying entrants receive festive attire and yummy refreshments after the run.

    Children (aged 2 to 11) – We’ll provide a festive elf hat to add to your own elf outfit.
    Participants aged 12+ – You’ll get a Santa hat, beard, Santa jacket and Santa trousers (people usually wear light running clothes underneath – it can get hot!). Please bring your own belt.

    Festive dogs


    All adult entrants are asked to aim to raise sponsorship of £30 OR to make a suggested donation of £30 instead of raising sponsorship for Dorothy House. Full event details and sponsorship forms will be e-mailed to all registered entrants.

    Our goal is to support more people across our 700sq mile area because we believe that everyone with a life-limiting illness should be able to live to their fullest potential, and – when the time comes – die a peaceful, dignified and well­ supported death. But we can only achieve this with the help of people like you.

    Here’s an idea of what your fundraising could pay for:

    • £23 could fund one hour of overnight care, provided by one of our compassionate, skilled and experienced Hospice at Home Carers.
    • £75 could fund an expert counsellor to run a support group session for young adults with a life-limiting illness, helping them feel less alone.
    • £120 could fund a morning of care provided by a Community Nurse Specialist, helping patients manage pain, discomfort, emotional distress and coordinating their care.

    You can learn more about how your money helps here.

    Key information

    Entry Ages
    The Santa and Elf Run is open to all ages. Runners under 16 must be accompanied by an adult entrant. For full terms and conditions of entry please scroll down.

    Signing In
    Please make sure to visit the registration desk at the event to sign in and receive either your FREE Elf Hat or FREE Santa Suit.

    Friends and family are very welcome to come and cheer on the Santa and Elf Run either along the route or at the end as they pass the finishing line at Winsley Cricket Club. Refreshments will be available for supporters to buy from the Cricket Club.

    Free parking is available at the Hospice.  All entrants and supporters will be directed into the car park by marshals.

    Dogs are welcome to take part in the run (owners must pick up any fouling).

    Volunteers - we need you!

    Thank you to all our amazing volunteers who help make this event happen – we couldn’t do it without you!

    Jobs will include registration, running a raffle, marshalling the route, among other things. We had over 230 Santas and Elves take part in 2023, so we’ve got a big job on our hands and need your help!

    Christmas jumpers and festive gear is encouraged!

    If you, or anyone you know can volunteer on the day, please email

    Corporate support

    We’re back for another year with our brilliant Santa and Elf Run with our friends at Winsley Cricket Club! Plenty of room for your business to get involved, we’re still looking for a corporate sponsor, with packages available at various price point. Also if you’re looking for a fun 5k to do with colleagues this is the perfect event too! If you’re interested in sponsoring and/or taking part, please email Community and Events Fundraiser Dan Varley on