Santa and Elf Run Info Page


Welcome to our Santa and Elf Run; our much-loved annual festive fun run – at the new fantastic venue of Bath Spa University!

A collage of photos showing Santas and elves running

Our Christmas-tastic run is open to all ages and takes place along a 2.5km course through the beautiful grounds of Bath Spa University, via scenic footpaths, a “castle”, a lake and even a garden temple! Participants can choose to do the 2.5km route once or twice to make it a 5km run.

Registration Fees
Ages 12+ years – £15 (free Santa suit)
Ages 5-11 years – £7.50 (free elf hat)
Ages 0-4 years – Free
All paying entrants receive festive attire (see below) and yummy refreshments after the run. You can sign up by going to the “Booking Details” section here or downloading a paper entry form here.

Festive Wear
Children (aged 5 to 11) – We’ll provide a festive elf hat to add to your own elftastic outfit
Participants aged 12+ – You’ll get an amazing ho, ho, ho Santa hat, beard, jacket and trousers (people usually wear light running clothes underneath – it can get hot!). Please bring your own belt.

A collage of photos showing santas and elves posing in front a Christmas tree, warming up and running

All adult entrants are asked to aim to raise at least £40 in sponsorship OR to make a suggested donation of £40 in lieu of sponsorship for Dorothy House. Full event details and sponsorship forms will be e-mailed to all registered entrants.

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 click here and scroll down.

Friends and family are very welcome to come and cheer on the Santa and Elf Run either along the route or at our Snow Station as the runners pass through the grounds of Bath Spa University. Cheerers can sprinkle the dashing Santas and Elves in biodegradable snow as they run past!

Refreshments will be available for supporters to buy from the jolly Refectory.

A collage of photos showing elves, participants in front of Christmas tree and Santas running

If you know of anyone who’d like to marshal on the day, please e-mail  THANK YOU to all our amazing volunteers who help make this event happen – we couldn’t do it without you!

This will be free.  All entrants and supporters will be directed into the car park by marshals.

Dogs are welcome on site but are not permitted to take part in the Santa and Elf Run (owners must pick up any fouling).

Social Media
You can join the Santa and Elf Run conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram too!

The Santa and Elf Run is a 2.5km run, jog or walk with the option of doing one loop (2.5km) or two loops (5km). You choose whether to do one or two loops on the day. The route starts and finishes by the Refectory in the grounds of Bath Spa University and uses local tracks and footpaths.  Please click here for a map of the route.

After the Santa and Elf Run we invite you to pop along to the Crafts and Carols event for all the family at nearby Newton Farm Foods.  They have Chuffy the Train, mince pies, a carol service, festive crafts and lots more….all raising money for Dorothy House too!