Santa Stride into Christmas


It’s back! The Rotary Club of Sturminster Newton invite you to register, grab your Santa suit, your family and your friends and join in the well- loved charity fun run/jog/walk in Sturminster this December.

Santa Stride

For more than sixty years, the Rotary Club of Sturminster Newton members have been raising money and changing lives with their popular community events such as The Cheese Festival, The ‘Big Lunch’ and the annual ‘Santa Stride’ along the trailway.

In just the two years prior to the pandemic, the Sturminster Newton Club raised over £20,000, and 100% of all monies raised was donated directly to registered charities. The club selects both local and international causes, from local schools to eradicating Polio across the globe, disaster relief for Nepal and the local Air Ambulance.

Santa Stride

The Santa Stride

Perhaps an oddity for those living further afield, but for many Sturminster Newton residents, the sight of countless Father Christmas’ gathered together and walking the trailway signals the start of the festive season.

The ‘Santa Stride’ is an annual community fun run (or walk) which begins at the start of the Trailway in Sturminster Newton, and this year the event is on Sunday 12th December. Hundreds of happy entrants will run, jog or walk between two and seven miles down the Trailway towards Shillingstone and back – all dressed as Santa! It is open to any age and ability, individuals, families or groups; how fast and far you go is up to you. If you’re concerned about not owning a Santa suit then fear not – it is included in the entry fee (along with a choice of suits for tinies up to 8 years old – a mini Santa suit or a very cute Elf costume!).

The cost of entry, including Santa suit and festive refreshments, is just £5 for Adults and £2.50 for children, with under sixes free.

The Santas striding along the trailway are an interesting sight!

To register, please download a sponsorship form here and collect sponsorship before the event – this year the Rotary Club has slected the Somerset & Dorset Air Ambulance. Last time Santa Striders raised over £1,000!

Individuals, families and groups are all very welcome – and the most active participants who

wish to run the course set off 90 minutes before the slower walkers.
Once registered, entrants will be able to collect their Santa suits before the event at the Santa Stride Pop Up Shops in The Exchange Atrium. Sturminster Newton Rotary is a fun, friendly

and welcoming club and always welcomes new members. If you would like to find out more please enquire here.

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