FAQ

The event may be cancelled if bad weather makes it unsafe. A decision will be made on the day and announced on the website and on social media. We regret that there can be no refunds. We will aim the reschedule the event. We are hoping for a beautiful December morning for the run…. however, we all know the British weather can be unpredictable so please dress appropriately.

In the event of cancellation, the decision will be announced on the website and on social media.

There is limited parking at the village hall, please consider walking / cycling / lift sharing to get here. After 9.30 am there will be no vehicular access to the village hall as the road will be closed in preparation for the run.The Coppleridge Inn has plenty of parking and have kindly said they are happy for participants to use their car park. There is also a small car park near Motcombe Meadows. Please be sensible about parking and avoid parking on the run route!

 

We would prefer all participants to sign up in advance as it will make our lives much easier!  It will also allow us to keep you informed of any last-minute changes.  But we will accept new entries on the day. 

Although the road will be closed to cars there may still be some parked on the road – please take care.  There will be race marshals along the route to ensure you don’t get lost! 

 

We are operating a rolling road closure (i.e. the road closure moves with the runners) to minimise disruption, but if you think you will finish near the front and need to get away promptly, please park outside of the road closure area. Finishing times will vary so it’s difficult to predict when the roads affected will fully re-open.

When you arrive at the village hall please make your way to check in where you will receive your wrist band (write your emergency contact number on here).  Everyone taking part, whether running or walking will need a wrist band.  Our elves are going to need to work super speedily to check-in all the entrants and make sure everyone has a wrist band and can take part. We will be operating a one-way system for check-in, hand sanitiser will be available. Check-in will be open from 8.30 am.  The event is advertised as starting at 9.30 am to allow for a prompt 10 am start to the run.  

Unfortunately no, we can only accept cash on the day.

There are no timing chips or fancy stop clocks, but please feel free to document your own time so you can try and beat it next year!

Once participants have checked in and gathered outside at the rear of the village hall, there will be a fun warm up to music from the Jazzercise crew. Guaranteed to get you in the mood to move, it will also help prevent injuries from cold muscles!  

Most definitely yes!  There will be plenty to keep you entertained.  Make sure you look out for our speedy Santa, Jojo the “reindeer” and a snack stop at the half way point. Please bring your own reusable water bottles so we can minimise plastic waste.

After the race, back at the village hall, join us for mince piesmulled wine and festive carols. There will be refreshments for sale as well as a cake stall with delicious treats.  Our fancy-dressed prize winners will also be announced.

We are just offering one 3km loop this year to keep things simple and fun. If you’re keen for a longer distance in future years please let us know. Your feedback is appreciated.

We have offered free Santa hats in previous years and we hope that many of our participants have kept these so that they can be reused.  We want to look after our environment and reduce plastic waste so are encouraging runners to make festive costumes from what they have at home already. We will have Santa hats on sale for those who really need a bit of added Christmas cheer.

There will be prizes for the best dressed child and adult runners, so please do go bananas with your costumes! 🍌🧑‍🎄 We love seeing the colourful array of headwear and jumpers on show. If you jingle and sparkle too then that’s even better!
 
There will also be prizes for the fastest boy, girl, man and woman. If you think you’re in with a chance of winning, please start near the front and make sure you have warmed up properly. Then run, jump and dance your way to the finish line as fast as you can! 🏃‍♀️

There are toilets at the Motcombe Memorial Hall but there are no toilets on the 3km route.

Please come prepared with a refillable water bottle to avoid plastic waste. There is drinking water available at the Hall. There will also be water available at the refreshment station half way round the route.

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