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Dear Santa vs Rudolph Runners

The Swindon Phoenix Rotary Club and Brighter Futures thank you for entering our brand new Santa vs Rudolph run on Sunday 1 December 2019.  We are delighted that you have chosen to join us.

You are one of 1,000 runners who will chase the carrots around Lydiard Park land we hope to raise as much as we can from this event for Brighter Futures and the Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

The event is now full and there will unfortunately be no on the day entries.

Below is all the information you should need for the event:


Dress for the weather

Please make sure you wear suitable footwear as some of the paths in Lydiard Park could be muddy, wet and slippery.

Please also come dressed for the weather.  It can be wet and cold and children can get chilled at the start so do bring an extra layer if you feel you need it as many of you do wear fancy dress (which is encouraged.)

Only very extreme weather conditions will affect our event!  Please check our websites at https://www.brighterfuturesgwh.nhs.uk/events/santa-vs-rudolph-run and http://www.swindonsanta.org.uk/

or our facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/brighterfuturesgwh/ for any news on the morning of the event.


Car Parking

Free parking is available at Lydiard Park, Hook Street, Swindon, SN5 3PA.  Please follow the signs to Lydiard Park and not house and enter the park via the Hook Street entrance.   We recommend that you try to car share where possible.



Unfortunately we are not able to offer a bag drop on this occasion.  Please ensure no valuables are left on show in your car.



Race registration will be open from 9.00am until 10.30am - the run will begin at 11 am after an aerobic warm up. Please remember to leave yourself enough time to park and register. 


The Santa vs Rudolph Run Route

There are 3 distances available at this event, 3k, 5k and 10k.  If you decide to change the distance you want to run on the day, that is no problem, just follow the signage and marshal instructions on the day. Please find attached a course map for you to look at in advance of the event.


Important Health and Safety Instructions

The route is a mix of pathways including some gravel and mud tracks so you may get wet and muddy. There are some uneven surfaces and tree roots in Lydiard Park, so please look out for these.

Marshals are on hand along the route if you require assistance. Please listen and follow all marshal instructions.

Children who are under 16 years old will need to be accompanied by an adult.  If you become separated from your child, please contact a marshal who will help you.

We welcome dogs at this event, but they must be on a lead at all times.  Please ensure you pick up any dog mess and place in appropriate bin.

Lydiard Park is an open park for everyone to enjoy, please respect others who are not competing in the run.

The course may have changed from previous years (santa run), so please follow directional signage and marshal instructions.


All finishers will receive a medal and water.


We have some concessions selling hot drinks and food, so please do bring some money along as it will help support our chosen charities too.


It is not too late to fundraise for our chosen charities.   This year’s run will be raising money for Brighter Futures and Wiltshire Air Ambulance, so if you, like us, feel passionate about your local healthcare provision why not ask your friends, family and colleagues to sponsor you for taking part in the Santa Vs Rudolph Run.  Below is some information on our two charities and the difference your support will make:


Brighter Futures

Brighter Futures is the registered charity of Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which supports services at Great Western Hospital and in community health sites across Swindon. Brighter Futures aims to raise funds to support an extraordinary provision of care to patients and help deliver joined up services for local people at home, in the community and in hospital helping them to lead independent and healthier lives.

Poll after poll of the public’s views about the NHS invariably rank it as one of Britain’s most loved and admired institutions. But regardless of how our health care is funded, meeting the rising demand for services and transforming care in response to an ageing population and changing patterns of disease is an issue and budgets are stretched.  NHS charities such as Brighter Futures enable hospitals like the Great Western NHS Foundation Trust to realise patient benefit much sooner by enhancing the environment for patients and staff in which health services can be delivered, enable carers and staff caring for patients to benefit from education and facilities not normally available and fund extra equipment and staffing above the NHS funding envelope.

Brighter Futures are currently fundraising for incubators for their Special Care Baby Unit, cots, a birthing bed and fetal heart monitors for the Maternity Unit, a fibroscan for the Liver Service, and a state-of-the-art rehabilitation bike for the Intermediate Care Centre.  Alternatively you can support your favourite ward or department.  Click here to make a donation or set up your own fundraising page to share with your friends, family and colleagues: https://brighter_futures.charitycheckout.co.uk/cf/santa-vs-rudolf-run  If you prefer a sponsorship form a downloadable version can be found by clicking here. Thank you!

Wiltshire Air Ambulance

In 2018, the largest number of incidents that Wiltshire Air Ambulance were called to were in Swindon. Wiltshire Air Ambulance attended 182 incidents, equivalent to a call out, on average every two days. Their mission is simple, they save lives and are a charity that relies on donations. They are not government funded and receive no lottery grants.

Wiltshire Air Ambulance are a helicopter emergency medical service for anyone who lives, works and travels in Wiltshire. Paramedics are trained in critical care and together with the specialist equipment on their helicopter and rapid response vehicles, they bring gold standard medical care to patients.

They have to raise £3.75m a year to keep the lifesaving service operational and are unable to do this without your support.  Click here to make a donation or set up your own fundraising page to share with your friends, family and colleagues: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/WAASantavsRudolph Thank you!

If you have any questions or require any further information about this event, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01793 605631.

We look forward to seeing you on the day.

Brighter Futures & Swindon Pheonix Rotary Club