Organised by the Romiley and Marple Lions Club, the Santa Dash is a charity fun run for all the family and will take place on December 4th 2022, with all participants dressed as Santa (suits included in registration fee). Registration takes place from 9.30 with the dash due to start at 10.30am from Marple Memorial Park and finish at the Dobbies' Garden Centre.
The dash is about 2 miles long, mostly down hill and along footpaths and don't worry if you can't dash, you can walk or even crawl!
You will need to buy a ticket (£10.00) for each person taking part in the dash. If you are taking part in a group, it helps with the admin on the day if you nominate a group leader when you register.
As usual, Santa Suits are included in the registration fee, there's a present for junior dashers when they finish the course and every dasher will receive a voucher for for the Dragon Miniature Railway.
Complimentary refreshments will be served when the dashers arrive at the Garden Centre.
The registration fee (£10) is payable to Romiley and Marple Lions and goes to support those in need in our local community. You can find out more about how the funds raised are spent on the Romiley and Marple Lions website.
We’d love if you could also raise sponsorship for Kidneys for Life(KFL) – perhaps by sharing this fundraising page or by ordering some of the Kidneys for Life Santa Dash Christmas Cards or by going to their donation page Raising Money for Kidneys for Life. Kidneys for Life is a small charity and grateful for all support that they receive – if each Santa Dasher raised just £10, it really would make a difference to the projects that they are able to fund!
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). Marple Band will be playing Christmas music at the Garden Centre.
Santa Suits can be collected by your group leader from the entrance to the Scout Hut.
Dashers WILL NOT be allowed to enter the building.
Once your group member has collected all their Santa Suits , please 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.
In the unlikely event of an emergency, we encourage dashers to carry some form of ID with them.
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 now work with Kidneys for Life and two very special ladies, Victoria Thompson and her colleague Penny McKnight, 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.
Of course we were unable to hold a 2020 Santa Dash but were back with a bang in 2021 and hope that you will support us again this year!
To learn more about Romiley and Marple Lions Club visit their entry in the Community Directory..
Romiley and Marple Lions are also raising money for good causes with our 2023 calendar. For more details about the calendar and how to purchase, click here Charity Calendar.