Marple Santa Dash is a fun run for all the family starting at 10.30am from Marple Memorial Park. It is organised by Romiley & Marple Lions on behalf of Kidneys for Life. The run finishes at Dobbies Marple Garden Centre, where you will be greeted with refreshments, children will receive a present from Santa and everyone wearing a Santa Suit will get a free ride on the miniature railway. Transport is provided back to the Memorial Park.
The Dash is about 2 miles long, mostly downhill and along footpaths – and don’t worry if you can’t manage a dash! You can run, walk – or even crawl!
Numbers will be strictly limited to 200 on a first come first served basis and registrations WILL NOT be accepted after Thursday, 2nd. December.
THERE WILL BE NO registrations on the day of the event.
Sunday, 5th December. Assemble at 9.30am at the Scout Hut in Marple Memorial Park for a 10.30am start. Collect Santa Suits from the entrance to the Scout Hut but Dashers WILL NOT be allowed to enter the building. Groups or families to be represented by ONE person to collect all their Santa Suits and to proceed past the building to the car park ready for the assembly and warm up session. We hope that Santa Dashers will understand that, in line with current recommendations and in the interests of health and safety, indoor changing facilities WILL NOT be provided.
The usual route will be followed (to Dobbies' Marple Garden Centre) and marshalled as in previous years. Refreshments will be provided on arrival at the Garden Centre and "junior" Santa Dashers will each receive a present. A voucher system will operate allowing every Santa Dasher a ride on the Dragon Miniature Railway EITHER on the day of the Santa Dash OR on a later date (voucher to be produced and surrendered).
Smiths of Marple will be providing transport back to Marple and Marple Band will be playing Christmas music at the Garden Centre.
We do hope that everyone will understand why we have made some unavoidable changes to the format of the Santa Dash and thank them for their continued loyalty. Please come along and help to make it our best event ever!
The Registration Fee is £10, which covers the cost of your Santa Suit and also helps the Lions to organise this event, whilst continuing their support of worthy causes locally, nationally and internationally. One such worthy cause is Kidneys for Life.
Please note that registration closes on 2nd December or when 200 entries are registered. There will be no registrations accepted on the day.
Please use the following links to register online:
As a participant in this event we would be extremely grateful if you could raise sponsorship to help Kidneys for Life and you will therefore receive a Kidneys for Life Sponsor Form when you register in advance of the event. This is our twelth Santa Dash and we hope that it will repeat the success of the eleven previous events, whilst again increasing awareness of and support for the campaign. Help achieve the goal and fund kidney research to save lives!
If you or your company would like to sponsor the event please contact the organisers. You can be assured of receiving maximum publicity for your support.
The first Marple Santa Dash was in 2009 at the time when Kidney Research U.K. was running a campaign entitled "Find a Cure for Martha", Martha being a little girl called Martha Stringer from Marple. In partnership with Kidney Research U.K.'s Carol Bonham, the Lions organised the first Santa Dash - relying heavily on Carol's ideas and Martha's local appeal as our "poster girl".
Over the years, the event became quite popular but 2017 brought about a few changes, which we think have reinvigorated the Santa Dash. We are now working with Kidneys for Life and two very special ladies, Carol and her colleague Victoria Thomson, who have helped us to develop local interest in the event. Whilst they work at the main hospitals in Manchester and Salford, Kidneys for Life supports the renal units in all our local hospitals and we ask that any Santa Dash sponsorship money is raised to support this wonderful charity.
After costs, all the money raised from the registration fees goes into the Lions Club Charity Account and is used to help us give assistance wherever it is required, locally, nationally or internationally.
The 2019 event was particularly successful and we thank everyone for their wonderful support. Of course we were unable to hold a 2020 Santa Dash but please help us to rekindle success this year.
To learn more about Romiley and Marple Lions Club visit their entry in the Community Directory..