Santa finds way to help charities with fun runs at Christmas

A popular annual Santa Fun Run in Skegness is to go ahead after all after organisers found a way to adapt it and still comply with Covid-19 restrictions.
Traditionally the annual  Santa Run has started at the Skegness Lifeboat Station. Photo: Barry Robinson.Traditionally the annual  Santa Run has started at the Skegness Lifeboat Station. Photo: Barry Robinson.
Traditionally the annual Santa Run has started at the Skegness Lifeboat Station. Photo: Barry Robinson.

The Rotary Club of Skegness have raised thousands of pounds over the years for local causes, including Meals at Home, Skegness Food Bank and the 'Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance'.

Normally, the event attracts numerous competitors and is held along the seafront but to ensure it still happens socially distanced organisers have developed two new versions.

The first is continuing throughout December where competitors carry out their individual, safe fun run on their own or in their social bubble; inside or outside; once or as many times as they like.

Organisers only ask that the Santas take photos and videos of their event and upload to the SkegnessSantaFunRun Facebook page.

Local people are asked to register, get their Santa suit on and carry out their own safe fun run raising money through registering for £12 and hopefully picking up donations from people along the way.

So far, they have raised nearly £600 in this way but want to raise more if possible.

This has been made possible by the Rotary Club of Skegness joining forces with the Skegness Rugby Club to organise a socially distanced 'Scrum Machine Push' on Sunday afternoon from 1pm at the Wainfleet Road Playing Fields. .

This is going to consist of. the whole squad, approximately 15 to 20 players, and some wives will be pushing the scrum machine in pairs for 50 lengths of the rugby pitch, to complete the equivalent 5km fun run, while wearing full Santa suits.

There will be plenty of room to maintain safe social distancing and to adhere to the strict Tier 3 rules.