Multiple Santas will be easily spotted this festive period with an annual fun run returning to Bicester.

The Santa fun run, approximately five kilometres, starts and finishes at Pingle Field with all proceeds being split between the mayor’s charities.

This year mayor Harry Knight has chosen Bicester’s Baby Bank as his charity.

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Entry to the event will cost £10 per adult, £5 per child and under 5s go free. Families can buy a ‘family ticket’ for £25m which covers two adults and two children.

The price includes a Santa suit, participation medal and a bacon roll at the finish line. Doors open at 10am and the run starts at 11am.

Katharine House Hospice in Banbury also organised a Santa fun run last year, which took place at Spiceball Park, with swarms of not-so-secret Santas running races.

The hospice staff will be at Cherwell Court in Castle Quay, near the ex-GAP unit, from 10am to 5pm on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 December to help wrap presents.

A spokesperson said: “As well as getting your Christmas gifts expertly wrapped, we’ll have Katharine House Hospice cards for sale together with other handmade cards and Christmas children’s books, kindly donated by the Rotary Club of Banbury.”

For this year’s Santa fun run, the hospice is making an effort to limit the impact of the event on the environment by giving people the option to reuse an old Santa outfit, wear red, or just wear a Christmas jumper.


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This story was written by Matthew Norman, he joined the team in 2022 as a Facebook community reporter.

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