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About the Ashby Santa Fun Run & Walk

















The Ashby Santa Fun Run and Walk was a brand new event for 2015 organised by the Rotary Club of Ashby de la Zouch Castle. Following a hugely successful first 5 years, we had the battle of Covid-19 to contend with in 2020 but we countered this with an online Santa Fun Workout to replace our traditional event which raised much needed funds to help support Ashby Foodbank. We were delighted to bring the event back in it's more traditional style in 2021 where it was another huge success and we've continued with this format again since. We continues our post covid recovery last year, with over 900 entries, amazing support from everybody. We're very much looking forward to smashing back through the 1000 barrier again at this years event so thank you to all who support us again in this aim! Thanks to the support of all of our entrants and the fabulous businesses who sponsored us, we raised over £11000 for charity in 2022 and have raised over £80000 since the event started in 2015. 


The 2023 event will take place on Sunday 3rd December 2023. Once again, our aim is to provide a fun, family friendly Christmas event to raise money for nominated local charities. We have decided to support 3 main charities this year as we hope to be able to continue to rely on the amazing support of the people of Ashby and surrounding areas to raise the fantastic amounts of money that we have achieved in previous years. Our 3 chosen charities are again all local and we can confirm for the 2023 event we will support Bright Hope in North West Leicestershire (formally Hospice Hope), me&dee, Home Start Leicestershire and other charities supported by Rotary. We look forward to working with them all to make this years event a fantastic spectacle and to raise some much needed funds for all! The main point to stress is that this event is a fun run AND walk and is therefore suitable for all ages and levels of ability. We are hoping to create a fun community event for all of the family and not a race so race numbers will not be issued or times recorded.

The event will involve all entrants dressing up in Christmas fancy dress and then running or walking around the pre-defined course. With regards to peoples outfits it really is anything goes. Whether you want to go with a basic Christmas jumper or really go to town with full Santa suits, reindeer suits or a wacky colourful suit to try and match out compere, the choice is yours. We do love to see lots of Christmas colour to paint the town of Ashby a festive hue if possible! In line with people providing their own suits we have once again kept to our reduced entry fee of just £6 per person, something we feel is really important with how challenging life is at the minute for lots of people.  We'll have some spot prizes for the childrens fancy dress also! We do have a small stock of Santa suits available for £5 and we'll be selling these off on our stall in Market Street in the lead up to Christmas.  The course will be over a distance of 3km and will be around the town of Ashby de la Zouch, starting on the Bath Grounds at 11:00 am. The route followed will be relatively flat and suitable for children and pushchairs/buggies although please bear in mind that it may be a little bumpy in places. A map of the route is available on this website. We will also be providing a fun warm up before the fun run starts! Entrants should arrive on the Bath Grounds by 10:45 for the fun warm up before the event officially starts at 11:00.

Entry in advance of the day is recommended to guarantee a place as we can only accomodate 1500 entrants to avoid bottlenecks and overcrowding so once all places are sold then we will close entries even if it's before the official closing date. We did sell out in our 2019 event so it's worth entering sooner rather than later. The easiest way to enter is by completing the form on this website and paying through PayPal via a debit or credit card of your choice. Once this simple form is completed and submitted along with payment, you will be sent an email confirmation of your entry to the event followed later by details such as where to pick your entry number up from, arrival time and instructions for the day. A paper entry form is also available on the website with payment able to be submitted by cheque, however an email address is required to enable us to contact you with joining instructions and confirmation of entry. Entry will open in October with confirmed details announce closer to the time.

Entry to this event is now standardised for both children and adults at just £7 per person or £25 for a family of 4. The entry fee includes your entry number, chocolate bar for the kids and a medal upon completion of the fun run and walk. Profits from this event will be split with the majority going to our 3 main supported charities with the remainder going towards other charities supported by Rotary throughout the year. 

Want more information? Why not check our Frequently Asked Questions page for further answers to general queries or if you have a specific question why not get in touch through our Contact Us page? If you would like to be kept up to date with developments of the Ashby Santa Fun Run & Walk 2022 then why not sign up to our Newsletter which can be done on the Home page.



About the Rotary Club of Ashby de la Zouch Castle













The Rotary Club of Ashby de la Zouch Castle is one of 3 Rotary Clubs in Ashby de la Zouch. We are a breakfast club who meet on Tuesdays at The Bistro in the town. We support and operate a variety of events throughout the year with the aim of raising money for Rotary Foundation (the Rotary Charity) and other local and international charities or to just provide marshalls and support for other community events throughout our local area. We support a number of other local organisations in events including the 2 other Rotary Clubs in the town (The Rotary Clubs of Ashby de la Zouch and Ashby de la Zouch Hastings), Lions and Round Table.

Examples of charities that we have supported recent times include:

Leicestershire Life Education

Hospice Hope

Ashby Foodbank

Measham Mobility Bus

Ashby Town Defibrilator

Phoenix Children's Foundation


Wishes 4 Kids


Home Start

Examples of other events that we have either run or supported in recent times include:

Kids Out (where we escort local disadvantaged children on a trip to Drayton Manor and to Twycross Zoo)

Rotary Youth Speaks competition

Rotary Young Chef competition

Rotary Young Writer competition

Provided marshalling for the Ashby 20 Road Race

Provided marshalling for the Conkers Fireworks Display

Provide marshalling for the Remembrance Parade

Escort local disadvantaged children to Ashby Statutes

Provide marshalling for the Ashby & Willesley Steam Festival

and many more.....

If you would like to find out more about the work of Ashby Castle Rotary Club, Rotary in general or how to get involved in this fantastic charity organisation then feel free to visit our clubs website here, our clubs Facebook page here, the website of Rotary in Great Britain & Ireland here or contact our secretary Debbie Hamilton by email at

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