Santa Run season is here! Many Santa Runs have already been and gone, raising huge amounts of money for some incredible charities. But there are still some fantastic races and fun runs left to run at this time of year! Here at SPORTTAPE HQ we have been eagerly planning our Christmas races, you'll find at least 2 of us at Nos Galan on New Years Eve. For a small town race, it certainly doesn't have a small time atmosphere!
Check out Womens Running UK's ultimate guide to the best boxing day runs below and on their website! There are some real crackers on this list (excise the pun)!
This fast and flat road race, taking place in the beautiful valleys of South Wales, is the perfect opportunity to burn off some festive steam. Running for 29 years, this annual event has, year-on-year, attracted runners up and down the country. A speedy out and back run, it’s ideal if you’re shooting for a five-mile PB!
Where: Glynneath Social Club & Institute Ltd, 74 High Street, Glynneath, Neath, West Glamorgan SA11 5AW
Distance: 5 miles
Entry Price: £11 (affiliated) £13 (non-affiliated)
For more info and to enter visit: www.glynneath5.com/race-info.htm
Described by its organiser as the “the perfect hangover cure”, this race is certain to blow away the festive cobwebs. A challenging trail race, the course spans three miles across footpaths, fields and trails in the Kent countryside and includes some serious hills. You will have certainly earned your Boxing Day butty afterwards!
Where: The Green, Saltwood, Hythe, Kent, CT21 4AJ
Entry Price: £10
For more info and to enter visit: www.nice-work.org.uk/events.php?id=152 (postal entries are now closed but you can enter on the day subject to availability).
Now in its 30th year, the Leyland Boxing Day 10K has long been a popular favourite within the Lancaster running community. The race attracted 350 runners last year and expects a similar figure again this year. All finishers receive a brilliant race medal and runners of all abilities are encouraged to take part.
Where: Worden Lane, Leyland, Lancashire PR25 1DJ
Entry Price: £10 (affiliated) £12 (non-affiliated)
For more info and to enter: www.runningdiary.co.uk
A popular annual event among club runners, the Boxing Day 5 is a challenging rural race, taking on some serious hills. The event is chip timed and all finishers receive a t-shirt and medal.
Where: Witham Football Club, Spa Road, Witham, CM8 1UN
Distance: 4 miles
Entry Price: £9 (affiliated) £11 (unaffiliated)
For more info and to enter visit: https://www.withamrc.org.uk/races/boxing-day-5/
A four-mile out and back run, taking in the stunning Sussex countryside, the St Leonard’s Church Boxing Day Run is the perfect way to get some fresh air in your lungs and burn off the festive excess! A race welcoming runners, walkers and children to take part, it’s open to all abilities and is one for all the family. All finishers will receive a race medial and will be welcomed into the Church Hall afterwards for a warming mince pie and glass of mulled wine.
Where: St Leonard’s Church, Turners Hill, West Sussex, RH10 4PB
Distance: 5 miles
Entry Price: £5
For more info and to enter visit: http://www.crawleysaintsandsinnersrun.co.uk/st-leonards-church-boxing-day-run