Colchester Institute students dress-up for practice run and launch of Colchester Santa Fun Run 2017

Colchester Institute students launch Colchester Santa Fun Run 2017. Picture: COLCHESTER INSTITUTE

Colchester Institute students launch Colchester Santa Fun Run 2017. Picture: COLCHESTER INSTITUTE - Credit: Archant

More than 40 Essex students dressed in festive costumes to launch a Christmas fun run raising funds to create a new hospital cancer centre.

Ready for the fun run ... Colchester Institute students at the launch. Picture: COLCHESTER INSTITUTE

Ready for the fun run ... Colchester Institute students at the launch. Picture: COLCHESTER INSTITUTE - Credit: Archant

The Colchester Institute students took part in a practice run today to raise publicity for the Colchester Santa Fun Run 2017.

Organised by the Colchester Hospitals Charity (CoHoC), the eighth fun run will for the first time see people taking part given jingle bells to add to the festive spirit.

Runners will set off at 10am on Sunday, December 10, for either a 3km or 5km race around Castle Park, starting and finishing near to the bandstand.

Proceeds from the festive fundraiser will once again go towards CoHoC’s £3.25m Cancer Centre Campaign to create a new integrated facility at Colchester General Hospital.

Santas enjoy a training run. Picture: COLCHESTER INSTITUTE

Santas enjoy a training run. Picture: COLCHESTER INSTITUTE - Credit: Archant


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Caroline Bates, CoHoC’s head of charity and fundraising, said she expects around 600 people will take part this year.

“This is a fantastic, fun event in the lead-up to Christmas and is suitable for people of all ages and abilities,” she added.

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“Families, friends and work colleagues are all encouraged to take part. You don’t even have to run – you can jog, walk or stroll round the course if you prefer, or push a buggy.

“We want to make this the best year ever and see a record number of Santas in the park, so come on, join the fun and celebrate the start of Christmas with us.”

Colchester Institute students launch Colchester Santa Fun Run 2017. Picture: COLCHESTER INSTITUTE

Colchester Institute students launch Colchester Santa Fun Run 2017. Picture: COLCHESTER INSTITUTE - Credit: Archant

Colchester Institute vice principal Maeve Borges added: “As part of our pledge to support the Cancer Centre Campaign as our Charity of the Year, we are excited to offer the charity a chance to launch the Santa Fun Run at our Colchester campus.

“It is a great opportunity to get our students excited about the event and encourage the wider College to get involved and join in.”

People registering on the website up until Friday, November 10, will pay cheaper fees.

Every participant will receive a medal, water, chocolate and banner as well as either a Santa suit for adults or Santa hat for children, which can be collected on the day.

It costs £15 for adults over 16; £7.50 for children aged 5-15; and £7.50 per person in teams of 10 or more. From November 11, the prices will rise by £2.50 for adults and teams of 10 but not for children.

Registration closes on Friday 8 December at noon.

The entry fee covers only the cost running the event so adult participants are asked to raise at least £25, under 15s at least £10, teams of 10 at least £250 and families of four at least £50.

Visit the charity’s website to find out more and register of call Julie Arthur, CoHoC Fundraising Officer, on 01206 745303

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