Santa Fun Run 2024 – Gloucester’s Very own Santa Fun Run


Come and take part in Gloucesters very own Santa Fun Run and help some very worthwhile charities.

Update Post Event 11.12.2023

Thank you to everyone who took part. Because of your support over 500 people dressed up and took over Kings square and what a sight you were running through the centre of Gloucester. I’m slowly uploading any photographs and videos I have to the web site and the YouTube channel  GlosSantaFunRun – YouTube and I’ll post on the Rotary Club of Gloucester facebook page; so keep an eye out for yourself and if you have any you would like to share please forward them to me on or put them on social media yourself with the hashtag #GlosSantaFunRun.

I’m already getting enquiries for next years event so I have set one up on Eventbrite ready for next year on Saturday 14th December 2024. Details below
So please put it in your diary and spread the word. My hope is one day to completely fill Kings Square so lets see if we can make that happen.
Thanks to you we have raised over £4,000 for the Rotary Club of Gloucester Community Awards. This money goes straight back into the community; so if you know of someone or something that qualifies and would like to know more please visit.
And finally, if you can think of something that will help improve the Glos Santa Fun Run or something that needs changing please email me on I have broad shoulders so don’t worry about hurting my feelings. Please put GlosSantaFunRun in the subject field.
See you next year on Saturday 14th December 2024
Thanks again

Update 04.12.2023

Less than a week to go until the 2023 #GlosSantafunRun and over 400 people are taking part!! That’s great news and certainly grown from last year but lets see if we can get that up to 450 or even 500.

Lets have a big final push for the last week.

Remember if you would like to collect your running number or any stock you have ordered ahead of the actual date, please contact me on

See you all on Saturday 9th December


Update 31.11.2023

Just over a week to go (Saturday 9th December) and over 326 of us are taking part so far but plenty of spaces and Santa Hats left so please continue to spread the word.
Just a quick reminder of the route for those of you that are unsure or who have not done it before. See you Saturday
Glos Santa Fun Run – Route
Start at Tree of Light – Kings Square – Oxebode end
Down The Oxebode towards Northgate Street
Turn left onto Northgate Street towards The Cross
Turn left at The Cross onto Eastgate Street
Down Eastgate Street and turn right before Boots and just before the Eastgate viewing chamber, onto Queens Walk
Through the Queens Walk – Walk Way (the alleyway to the right of Boots) across Bell Lane (The entrance to Eastgate Shopping Centre Car Park) and continue down Constitution Walk.
At the end of Constitution Walk (back of Library) turn right on to Greyfriars and continue past the Greyfriars Monument round the back of the market.
Passing left of St Mary de Crypt turning right onto Southgate Street
Continue to The Cross
Turn left at The Cross onto Westgate St
Turn right into College St into Cathedral Grounds
Turn right at front of the Cathedral
Turn right down Via Sacra past St Johns Hall onto St Johns Lane
Turn left onto Northgate St
Turn right onto St Aldate Street and back up to Kings Square
Turn right through the stones and back towards the Start (for any 1k entries this is the end for you)
For the 5k runners you will have to do two more laps of this course and finish the 3rd time you get to the start line.
If in doubt follow the Santa in front or the Lead Runner
May be an image of map and text that says "GLOUCESTER SANTA FUN ROTA #GlosSantaFunRun"

Update 21.11.2023

Hello all

Not long to go now until the big day and to avoid long queues on the day to make my life easier if anyone would like to collect their running number and any stock they may have ordered, you are welcome to come and collect it from my offices.

Please contact me on to arrange a date to collect them. My offices are at Cass-Stephens Insurances Ltd, Windsor House, Barnett Way, Glos GL4 3RT. It’s off the old C&G roundabout (if you’re old enough to remember that) past Sainsbury’s, opposite Bookers.

Let me know and it will save us all a lot of time on the day.

We’re currently at 250 runners; so lets have a big push to see if we can get more than the 300 last year. Let’s fill Kings Square

Thank you and please spread the word.



This years Glos Santa Fun Run will be on Saturday 9th December 2023 .
Ive just set up a #YouTube channel for the #GlosSantaFunRun videos and will be adding videos of past #SantaFunRuns. See if you can spot yourself

#GlosSantaFunRun #TheShire #FunRun #SantafunRun

Run, Walk, Stroll or Jog a 1 or 5 kilometre course:

We’re back in the city and can’t wait to see you in your festive fancy dress. This year the #GlosSantaFunRun is on Saturday 9th December 2023 outside the old Debenhams Store in Kings Square. Registration from 9.30am for a 10.00 start.

Last year we had over 300 runners and you helped raise over £2,400 for local charities; so let’s see if we can beat that this year!  Lets fill Kings Square with Santas;  so spread the word.  Remember your entry fee is a donation which goes to support local charities.

COVID19 is still out there (I don’t think it’s going anywhere) so if you wish you can choose to do your own virtual fun run at your convenience. Last year the virtual event was such a success and by offering this choice it means that people who for whatever reason would not be able to make the actual day; will still be able to join in.

So, for those that wish to join us in the city, please sign up as normal and for those that wish to do the virtual event, please sign up but select virtual fun run and then choose when and where to do your fun run; all we ask is that you obey the current regulations regarding COVID 19 and respect other people whilst doing the run.

We still have a few of the Santa Snoods for sale at £6 each if you want one to keep you COVID safe during your run. You can collect them from Cass-Stephen’s office in Barnwood or on the day.

Remember you don’t automatically get a medal; you need to order one if you want one. The prices are set lower as some of you wish simply to take part for the fun of it and don’t require a medal. So, you pay slightly less for taking part and pay extra if you wish to have a medal. That way I don’t have to limit the numbers of runners to the numbers of medals I have on order.

Due to the worldwide pandemic Charities have not been able to carry out their normal fund-raising and yet they are expected to help out even more than they were in the past; as such they need our help more than ever. Basically, they need your help to keep going

So we are here to try and raise some much-needed funds to support our nominated charity The Rotary in Gloucester Community Awards who support a raft of local charities every year and we have taken all reasonable precautions to make it safe for us and the public whilst doing so.

All the profits go to the charity, who will in turn help the people of Gloucester get back to some sort of normality.


Please DRESS UP AS SANTA OR AN ELF to make it more fun:

So we look forward to you joining us by running in your full Santa Set up on Saturday 9th December 2023 in the City or during that week if you’re doing the virtual fun run and posting your photos to show that you’ve done it on our Social Media. Please use #GlosSantaFunRun

So put on a Santa Hat and Snood or a full Santa Outfit and run, walk or be pushed round a 1k or 5k route of your choice.

This event is organised by the Rotary Club of Gloucester and sponsored and supported by Gloucester BID, Nettl and Cass-Stephens Insurances Ltd.

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Prices are as follows:

  •  (Please note medals have to be purchased separately)
  • Adult (16+):         £6.00
  • Under 16s:          £4.00 
  • Teams of 4:         £20.00 
  • Blue Badge Holders/Wheelchair Users – £FREE
  • Virtual Fun Run: £5.00
  • Medals :               £5.00

Add ons:

  • Santa Hat:                                £2.00
  • Santa Suit (comes with hat): £6.00
  • Santa Snood                            £6.00
  • Donations to the Charity – The Rotary in Gloucester Community Awards £Whatever you can spare

(transaction fee may apply)


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The Glos Santa Fun Run is organised by the Rotary Club of Gloucester (charity no. 274097), c/o Cass-Stephens Insurances Ltd, Windsor House, Barnwood Glos GL4 3RT (the Club).
The term Organisers in what follows refers to the Club and any individuals involved in organising the Event.

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You further agree to ensure that you comply with any law, by-law, regulation or governmental advice when participating.
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