It's just 138 days 6 hours 42 mins 27 secs until the jolliest run of the year!

Our iconic annual Santa Fun Run returns to Colchester Castle Park.

The Santa Fun Run, now in its 15th consecutive year, is the ideal way to kick off your festive season and get fit at the same time, with friends, family and colleagues!

You can run, jog or walk the 5km or 3km routes around Colchester’s picture perfect Castle Park. Most of all you’ll be having fun while doing something amazing for your local hospital.

We would love for your fundraising to support Colchester & Ipswich Hospitals Charity Fund which supports patients and staff when they need us most. Alternatively you can choose to fundraise for one of our current appeals: Cancer Wellbeing, Children's Appeal, Staff Wellbeing or for the ward or department within our services closest to your heart. Just let us know your preference when you sign up. 

To say thank you, we've wrapped up a gift especially for you, a 10% early bird discount and ESNEFT staff can get FREE tickets before November.

Everyone also gets a free Santa suit which we will give you on the day. Under 5's will get a Santa hat. 

Come and experience the joy as you cross the finish line and receive a limited edition medal, followed by a tasty snack!

Get yourself on the nice list and get your tickets today!


Date: Sunday 8 December 2024 (please note the new date to that previously published of Sunday 1 December due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control)

Time: 10am

Location: Colchester Castle Park, High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1UG

Distance: 5km and 3km routes available (3km is the accessible route)

Age: All ages welcome, under 5s go free!

Staff Entry and Staff Team Entry until 1 November: FREE (for ESNEFT staff, ESNEFT students, ESNEFT volunteers and OCS Staff)

Early Bird Offer: 10% off the below ticket prices

Adult: £12.50

Child: £7.50

Team (10 people): £100 (If you need more than 10 please purchase additional member tickets)

Additional Team Member: £10

Entry Fee Includes: Free Santa suit (Hat for under 5's), finish line snack and medal on completion

Fundraising Target for Adults: £50

Fundraising Target for children: As much as they can!

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*Photo credit Adrian Rushton

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