Almost 100 sign up for Hartlepool Santa Fun Run

Getting ready for the run - Alec Gray and his dog Elvis
Getting ready for the run - Alec Gray and his dog Elvis

Nearly 100 people have signed up to don Santa suits for a Hartlepool charity event.

But there is still time for plenty more to put their names forward for this year’s Hartlepool & District Hospice Santa Fun Run.

It takes place on Sunday, December 6, in Ward Jackson Park, Hartlepool, and will help to raise vital funds for the hospice, which is based in the town’s Wells Avenue.

Hospice fundraiser Greg Hildreth said: “The number of sign-ups is going really well.

“We are delighted with the uptake and so far, we are on nearly 100 people.”

Individuals and families are being urged to take part.

And for the first time, poeple can even enter their pet dogs for the run which starts at 11am and takes in one full lap of the park.

This is the eighth year that the run has been held and it is always well supported in Hartlepool.

Hospice community fundraiser Janice Forbes said: “The Santa Fun Run is always a lovely event and is one that I look forward to each year. It is a brilliant way to start the festive season and is lots of fun for all the family.

Since the first Santa Fun Run in 2008, £26,500 has been raised for our specialist patient care services.

“This year we are hoping that it is going to be the best ever with hundreds of Santas and his litle helpers joining in.”

Twenty 3 Taxis is sponsoring the event this year.

The cost of registering for the run is £7.50 for adults, who will receive a Santa suit, £5 for children under 16 who will get a Santa hat or antlers, a flashing nose and also a medal; and dogs £5 who will receive a Santa Suit.

Support for the event is once again being provided by Place in the Park, which is the cafe within the grounds of Ward Jackson Park.

After the run is over, entrants are welcome to a mince pie, which will be supplied by Maria from the Place in the Park.

Other atractions include a children’schoir, DJ Kevin King playing festive tunes, stalls and a tombola.

To register for the fun run, contact Janice for a registration form on (01429) 855536, or visit