London Santa Dash 2019 - FAQs

We hope that we have answered any questions you might have about the event, but if you need anymore information, then please email us or give us a ring on 020 3841 3270.

What is London Santa Dash?

London Santa Dash is a festive 5K or 10k fun run in Brockwell Park on Sunday 8 December. We’re hoping to see 3,000 people don their Santa suit and dash, dance, prance or wheel their way around the historic Brockwell Park, whilst raising money to support the 619 children who arrive at GOSH every day. 

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Will the event still go ahead if the weather conditions are bad?

Come rain or snow, this year's London Santa Dash will still be taking place! We will take every precaution to make sure the event is safe and will only cancel it if we absolutely must. We know it’s going to be cold (but we’re keeping our fingers crossed it’s going to be dry), so please wear appropriate clothing as the Santa suit will only keep you so warm. Should the winter rain not hold off, some of the paths may get muddy or slippy.

Water will be provided as well as first aiders along the route to ensure the race is safe, accessible and enjoyable for all. We can’t wait to see you there!

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Can we enter as a team?

Yes, absolutely! In fact, we are encouraging you to get together with friends, family or colleagues to form a team. After all, the more the merrier!

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How long is the course?

This event has the option of a 5k route, or a 10k route for those over 16. The course is on tarmac paths but there are some slight hills. As the event is in December, there is always the chance of rain (but we've got our fingers crossed!), so paths may become muddy or slippery. This is a fun run, so the distances are not officially measured. All distances are approximate but we will endeavour to ensure both routes are as close to the distances advertised.

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How much does it cost?

Adult registration to the race is £22 and for children over four years it is £12. Under four year olds can take part for free. Sign up by 20 October 2019 and get 25% off entry with our early bird offer!

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Can I get a refund?

All registration fees are non-refundable and cannot be transferred to another person.

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Who can take part?

Anyone and everyone! We are proud that this is a fully accessible event and look forward to seeing babies through to great grandparents take part in our festive fun run. There is no age limit but if you’re under the age of 16 then you will need a parent or guardian’s consent. Dogs are welcome too!

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How can I get to Brockwell Park?

We recommend using public transport as much as possible. The festive village is located near Brockwell Lido and the closest train station is Herne Hill (National Rail). The closest tube station is Brixton (Victoria Line) which is a 15 minute walk away. There are also several bus routes. Please check the Transport for London website before travelling.

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What is the wheelchair and pushchair access?

The route has been designed to be accessible to all. The route is on tarmac paths but there are some slight hills on the route. The festive village takes place on a hard-standing, flat area within Brockwell Park. If you have any concerns please do get in touch and we’ll be happy to talk to you about them.

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What is the festive village?

We don’t want you to just come to the event, take on the course and go straight home so have lined up some great entertainment for you, as well as food and hot drink stalls. Come say hello to Santa himself and our very own Bernard Bear! Enjoy your free mulled drink and mince pie whilst singing along to some Christmas tunes with the choir. More details will be provided nearer the time.

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Are there toilets and changing facilities?

Yes, there will be toilets in the festive village as well as some along the route. However, there are no designated changing facilities, so we suggest you arrive all dressed up and ready to go!

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What time does it start?

The race starts at 11am, get there early to take part in the pre-event activities including a warm up! If you need to collect your race pack on the day, or are missing an item from your race pack, please make sure you arrive with plenty of extra time.

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When do I get my Santa suit?

Your Santa suit will be sent to you in the post along with your race number and wristbands for any children taking part. You will receive it approximately 2-3 weeks ahead of the event (depending on when you sign up). If you have signed up after 1st December you will need to collect your pack on the day.

Please note that children under 4 will not be sent a Santa suit.

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Do I have to wear a Santa suit?

Not at all. If you fancy coming along in your very own festive creation, then just select the ‘I will supply my own festive outfit’ option when you register.

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Is the event environmentally friendly?

As with all our events, we are trying to make London Santa Dash as green as possible. The Santa suits are biodegradable as they are made from a wool felt, but we also encourage people to come in their own festive outfit. We have designated Santa suit recycling points around the festive village, and we ask all Santas to use these bins if you don’t want to take the suits home. Please don't discard your suits around the park.

We are also not printing our event day information to save paper and will be sending this out via email and through our website.

We are also trying to reduce the amount of single use plastic at the event, are providing more recycling bins and are serving the free mulled drink in recyclable cups.

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Will there be first aid?

Yes, there will be first aiders and paramedics, as well as security staff, and water will also be provided on the day. The event is designed to be fun and open to all abilities, so we encourage people to stay at their own pace and enjoy the day. We also ask everyone to provide emergency contact details for family and friends on the back of their running number. 

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Do I have to fundraise?

There is no fundraising target but we ask that every Santa try and raise as much as possible. Your fundraising will be one of the greatest gifts towards supporting the hospital and its families this Christmas.

Here are three easy fundraising ideas to help boost your fundraising:

Matched Giving - See if your company will match what you raise 
Shout about it – Share the link to your JustGiving page on social media 
Gift Aid – make sure your sponsors tick the Gift Aid box if applicable

And remember, you can still fundraise after the event – in fact it’s quite often the best time to shout about your incredible achievement!

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How does my donation make a difference?

Your registration fee contributes towards the cost of holding the event but by fundraising on top, you will help us to support the hospital’s most urgent needs. These include funding pioneering new treatments and research, providing cutting-edge equipment and supporting the rebuilding the hospital to provide state-of-the-art facilities to match the hospital’s world-class care. This money will make a vital difference to children from across the UK who are suffering from the rarest, most complex and often life-threatening conditions. 

Below are some examples of how your support can help our patients and their families: 

£137 could cover the cost of a day of valuable research time for one of our world-leading scientists to try and make the next breakthrough. 
£245 could pay for one could pay for one week’s stay in nearby family accommodation so parents can stay close by while their child is in hospital.
£568 could cover the cost of one of our play team for a week. The efforts of the play team are essential in ensuring that children’s experience of the hospital is as stress-free as possible.

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I have a question that is not listed here, how do I get in touch?

Call our London Santa Dash team on 020 3841 3270 or email us at We'd love to hear from you. 

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