London Santa Dash FAQs

Our great festive fun run London Santa Dash is back for 2017 and takes place on Sunday 3 December on Clapham Common.

Read some of our frequently asked questions (FAQs) below. If your question isn't answered please contact the team at londonsantadash@gosh.org or 020 3841 3270.

When is London Santa Dash?

Sunday 3 December 2017

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Where is it?

Clapham Common, London

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How do I get there?

The event site has excellent public transport links:

  • Clapham Common or Clapham South stations – Northern line (five-minute walk)
  • Clapham Junction station – National Rail and Overground (25-minute walk)
  • Bus routes 50, 144 and 249 stop on Clapham Common South Side near the event site.
  • Car parking is not available nearby so we advise all runners to use public transport to get to the start.

You will be sent a map with your event information pack closer to the event.

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How long is the course?

You can choose between a 5k or 10k route option in the beautiful surroundings of Clapham Common. The 10k distance takes in two laps of the route.

Please note that only adult entries (16 and over) can take part in the 10k distance.

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How do I sign up?

Sign up online now by visiting our event page or use the purple button at the end of this page.

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How much does it cost?

  • Adult – £25
  • Child (under 16) – £15
  • Infant (4 years and under) – free

There's no minimum fundraising requirement but we ask each Santa to raise £150. By taking part and fundraising you will help Great Ormond Street Hospital's specialist Play therapy team to make children's experience in hospital as stress-free this Christmas. 

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How long will it take?

You can dash, jog or walk the route, it’s completely up to you! There’s no set time but if you’re a 10k runner, you will need to factor in longer to cover two laps of the route.

Please note that this isn’t a chip timed race but there will be timing clocks to track your finish time if you want to.

There are lots of exciting things happening at the event, so there is no rush to complete the course in a specific time.

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Can we enter as a team?

Yes! Entering as a team is an exciting way of taking part. Why not get some friendly competition going?

Share our event page online with your friends, family and colleagues and tag your Santa squad.

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Do 5k and 10k runners start at the same time?

No, the race stars at 11am and 10k runners will be asked to start first, with 5k runners following shortly after.

Our event village is open from 9.30am and there'll be a group warm up before the race begins. 

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When will I receive my Santa suit?

Your event information pack, containing your Santa suit, will arrive in the post approximately 1-2 weeks before the event date (depending on when you sign up). 

Santa suits are one-size-fits-all for adults, although there are two sizes available for children.

Santa suits will not be provided for infant entries, but we encourage little ones to come in festive fancy dress.

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When does the event start?

We advise all runners to arrive on the site from 9.30 am on Sunday 3 December. The run will start at 11 am and there'll be a warm up before.
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Is there other entertainment on the day?

Yes! There’ll be loads of great things going on at London Santa Dash, including a snow machine, live music, brass bands, carol singers, mulled drinks and mince pies, to name but a few! Christmas really will be coming early.

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Do I have to fundraise?

We do not set any minimum fundraising targets, but we ask our runners to fundraise and suggest a target of £150.

Many of our patients will be spending their Christmas at GOSH. Your registration fee helps cover the cost of the event, but it’s your fundraising which will help make Christmas a little more special for our patients and their families.

By running together and fundraising, you will make a real difference to the seriously ill children at GOSH this Christmas.

You’ll help fund our specialist Play therapy team, providing activities to aid children’s treatment and recovery and help them understand their illness better, making their hospital experience as stress-free as possible.

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How old do you have to be to take part?

There’s no age limit – everyone’s welcome at London Santa Dash!

Everyone can take part in the 5k distance but if you want to take on the 10k distance, you must be over 16 years old.

Please note that if you are under the age of 16, you will need a parent or guardian’s consent to take part.

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Will there be changing facilities?

There will not be any changing facilities at the event, therefore we encourage you to arrive in your Santa suit. It’s a good conversation starter if you’re dressed as Santa on the tube!

There will be toilet facilities at the event.

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Will there be refreshments?

Refreshments will be available throughout the day at London Santa Dash.

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Can I walk?

Of course. London Santa Dash is for everyone, whether you want to walk, jog or dash!

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What if i can't finish the course?

It doesn't matter – it's a fun run and the main aim is to have a great day out and raise as much money as you can to support the hospital.
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Do I get a medal or goody bag?

As you cross the London Santa Dash finish line you’ll be given a medal along with some festive surprises.

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Is there any medical back up?

Yes, we will have a number of paramedics on duty at London Santa Dash. We encourage you to give an emergency contact in the space provided on the back of your runner number.

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