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Santa Fun Run

15 Dec 2019 - 15 Dec 2019

Santa Fun Run at The Historic Dockyard Chatham

In aid of Rotary Children's Hospice Family Holidays

We are delighted to announce that we have partnered up with Medway Rotary Club to play host to the 2019 Santa Fun Run – in aid of raising valuable funding for the Rotary Children’s Hospice Family Holidays Fund.

For the first time, this fundraising event is taking place against the iconic backdrop of the Historic Dockyard – giving all Santa Fun-Runners an amazing view whilst they race around our circuit – raising valuable funding for a very worthy cause.

The Details:

  • Entry is £12 per person (£7.50 for under 16’s) for which we provide a Santa outfit plus a medal for finishers.
  • Entry also includes a 50% discount code for future dockyard visit. Participants will receive this after event.
  • Hot drinks and light Refreshments will be available to purchase on the day.
  • Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a short lead at all times whilst on site .
  • The route is approximately 1 mile in distance (two laps).
  • Please be aware that due to The Dockyard being a historic site, parts of the route will be run on uneven terrain i.e. cobbles.
  • Free parking onsite at the main visitor car park.
  •  Spectators require to register in advance to guarantee your entry on the day – please click the spectator button for more information and how to register.

Timings of the day: 

  • 09.30 – Gates open for registration & to pick up Santa suits
  • 10.00 – Music and announcements
  • 10.40 – Safety briefing for assembled Santas
  • 10.50 – Warm up for runners begins
  • 11.00 – Procession of Santas around the fun run route
  • 11.15 –  Fun run starts
  • 12.00 – Event ends

Please Note – there will be no access to our gallery spaces or historic warship as part of this event. 

Why enter?

In 2009, after 20 years of providing adventure holidays for children with disabilities and able-bodied youngsters to support them, the Rotary Club of Medway launched the Rotary Children’s Hospice Family Holidays scheme.  Each year since then the Club has funded and led the annual 4-day holiday to Disneyland Paris.  Recognising the difficulties that families from these hospices have in arranging and managing a family holiday, the Rotary Club of Medway pays for nursing staff from the hospices, together with 8 Rotarians (who fund their own trip), to provide the support team for the families.  The benefit to the families is indescribable – not only providing respite for the whole family, but affording them the opportunity to create memories for a lifetime that help them through the dark times such families frequently endure in the years to come.

It's for a great cause...

The event is supporting Ellenor’s Hospice Care for Children.  Ellenor’s purpose is to enable children and young people with life limiting and life threatening conditions to receive clinical care and support in their place of choice, which is overwhelmingly ‘taking the hospice to the child’s home’.

It's at a very unique venue...

The 80 acre Historic Dockyard course will be like no other Fun Run.  Runners will have the opportunity to take part in a course that will see them running past a Second World War Destroyer, a Cold-War Submarine and a Victorian Sloop.  It’s not every day you get that chance after all…

It's going to be fun...

Entry to the Fun Run not only gives you the opportunity to raise your own funds by participating, the cost of entry also includes a Santa Suit for you to proudly wear whilst running through the Historic Dockyard.  They call it a Fun Run for a reason…

Register to take part via the Medway Rotary Club

About the event

What you need to know...

To help you make the most of your day, there are a few things that we’d like to draw your attention to:

Event Times

Doors will open at 9:30am for registrations and to allow all runners to pick up their Santa Suits.  The race itself will start at 11:00am.

Car Parking

If you or your spectators arriving by car, please use our main visitor car park by following the brown signs to The Historic Dockyard.  Once you have arrived, please follow the signs for the entrance to this event.  Parking is free but please make sure you have registered all your spectators before the event to ensure your space.

Public Transport

If you will be arriving by train, please use Chatham Train Station.  The Historic Dockyard is approximately 30 minutes walk from the station and is signposted.  If arriving by bus, the Historic Dockyard is served by a number of local bus services currently operated by Arriva buses. For up-to-date, more detailed information on local bus operation please visit Arriva buses at the following link.  In the journey planner please enter Chatham Historic Dockyard as your destination.

Information for Spectators

If you are interested in coming along to support your friends and family at this fundraising event, access to the event will be free but will require you to register in advance to guarantee your entry on the day.  Please use the link below to register as a spectator.  Those that have entered the Fun Run do not need to register as a spectator – only those that are not taking part.

Whilst watching the Santa Fun Run, why not enjoy a hot drink or snack at our catering outlets which will be available on Museum Square before and during the event.

Please Note – there will be no access to our gallery spaces or historic warship as part of this event.  

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