What could be more amusing leading up to the Christmas period than getting out your festive costumes, chasing a giant Christmas Pudding all while having fun and raising vital funds for the Hospice.
Forget training or worrying about how fast you can complete it, this Festive Fun Run is all about dressing up, being with friends and family and supporting a good local cause.
You can run, jog, dance, skip or walk 2 laps of the scenic lake whilst chasing our giant Christmas Pudding.
Everyone who enters will receive a Santa hat to help keep your heads warm and look great for Santa selfies! Children will also receive some festive treats.
Feel free to wear your own costume; elves, Santa reindeer, turkeys are all welcome – in fact anything Christmassy! The event is family friendly and wheelchair accessible; push prams are welcome so why not make it a whole family effort.
There will be Christmas music to raise the spirits, and well deserved hot and cold refreshments available in the Visitors Centre. Changing facilities and parking available on site.
For the lucky one to catch the pudding you will not only win yourself a Family Christmas Pudding but guess what…. Yep you take the honorary role of the Christmas Pudding runner for 2020.
Price: £10.00 adults (18 +), £5.00 child (4 – 17) FREE under 3s. All children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult around the course.
Registration includes Santa hat for everyone and festive treats for children
So go on join the fun; it’s going to be pud-tastic!
It would only be right to have a special visit from a very special guest, yes, Santa will be dropping by to see you all, start the fun run and spend some time in his Grotto.
Bookings for Santa’s Grotto will open closer to the date. We strongly advise pre-booking to avoid disappointment on the day. A visit to Santa will cost £2.50 per child and all children will receive a gift.
Charlotte Ralph has raised almost £2000 for Hospice of the Valleys by running the Newport Marathon in memory of her dad. Charlotte’s father, Andrew was a keen runner himself and had been a member of the Lliswerry Runners for around seven years and took part in several half and full marathons. It wasn’t until Charlotte left university that she began joining her Dad on his runs and then joined the Lliswerry Runners herself.
Initially Charlotte would struggle to keep up, saying:
“At first I was always behind him but he would always run with me and never leave me behind,”
Through commitment and perseverance Charlotte became fitter and faster and could finally keep up with her dad:
“When I got faster he would always say that ‘I had age on my side’, unfortunately, when he got ill he had to give up running which he hated.”
Even after having to give up his own running, Andrew was so supportive of his daughter that he would be at every single race, always keen to spur her on.
This year, Charlotte took part in her first ever marathon in her dad’s memory, raising funds for the Hospice who supported him in the final stages of his illness. Taking on such a big challenge not only demonstrates the special relationship between Charlotte and her father, but shows Charlotte’s natural determination to overcoming obstacles to reach positive outcomes even in spite of devastating circumstances.
Charlotte has said that she chose the Hospice of the Valleys because of the “great support network” they provided for the family during her dad’s cancer battle. And that:
“After my father passed away they called to see how we were and were just amazing. As I had never done a marathon before I knew it would be something that I could do to raise money for them.” Charlotte also wants to say a special thanks to the Lliswerry running club who helped in her fundraising.