The UKFast Santa Run is back for its fourth year at Media City on Sunday 29th November. The run is just under 5km, starts outside the BBC, then proceeds through the Plaza at The Lowry Outlet Mall, past the Imperial War Museum and over the Manchester Ship Canal bridge before finishing in MediaCityUK.
You can run or walk the route, no times are taken, all finishers get a commemorative medal and children will also get a selection box.
The idea is that those running get sponsored for their own cause, although the headline charity attached to the event is Key 103's Cash for Kids, which aims to provide a present for every disadvantaged young person in Greater Manchester. The Cash for Kids mascot, Courage the Cat, will be there on the day, and the run is also a drop off point for gifts (new and unwrapped for newborns right up to18year olds) or cash that people may wish to donate.
"There are many opportunities throughout the year to run competitively and be cheered on by your family, this is an opportunity to get the whole family from the sidelines and get them involved" says Lawrence Jones CEO of the event's headline sponsor, UKFast.
Sunday 29th November
To enter the Run costs £15 for adults and £10 for children, which includes a Santa suit. If you're using your own Santa suit it's £10 for adults and £6 for children. A Family Ticket (two adults and two children) is £40 with the suits, or £26 without.
For more information and to register see www.mediacityuksantarun.co.uk or phone 0161 703 8161.
Words by Jane Young