Santas and elves get on their marks for Shrewsbury festive fun

By Aimee Jones | Shrewsbury | News | Published:

About 500 adults and children are expected to dress up as Father Christmas and elves for the day to take part in this year’s Salop Santa Dash.

Shrewsbury Town footballers Ryan Barnett, Dave Edwards, Lenell John-Lewis, Scott Golbourne and Luke McCormick with Laura Wilde, Salop Leisure’s marketing assistant

Money raised from the events, organised by caravan and motorhome dealership Salop Leisure, will go to support the work of Shrewsbury Town in the Community.

The charity is independent of the football club, self-funded and needs to raise £1 million a year to deliver 39 different programmes for people of all ages in the community.

The Salop Santa Dash on December 1 takes Santas along a 5km course which covers the grounds at Salop Leisure and the company’s Love2Live fitness and wellness centre and Love2Stay resort, where the event starts and finishes.

A festive medal awaits everyone who finishes the course and the entry fee of £12 for adults includes a Santa suit.

The Salop Elf Dash, a new addition this year, is designed for children under the age of eight who will have a 1.1km course to follow to receive their festive medal.

The entry fee of £6 includes an elf suit.

Salop Leisure’s marketing manager Ed Glover said: “We love to see families taking part together in the Salop Santa Dash and this year, children under the age of eight can choose to do the Salop Elf Dash.

“The Salop Santa Dash is a great opportunity for people of all abilities to get active and have some fun together. What better way for families and groups of friends and workmates to get in the festive spirit?


“It’s also a great opportunity for runners and spectators to see the fantastic facilities we have here at Salop Leisure, Love2Stay and Love2Live.”

Held for the first time in 2017, the popular Salop Santa Dash has so far contributed a combined total of £2,500 to Severn Hospice and the Zac Oliver Appeal.

Ceri Nicholls, Shrewsbury Town in the Community’s partnerships and events manager, added: “We have been working with Salop Leisure for more than three years and it’s great to strengthen the relationship further by being the chosen charity for the Salop Santa Dash.

“We are really looking forward to being part of the day and to raising funds for the charity.”

The Salop Santa Dash and Salop Elf Dash are part of The Salop Christmas Adventure, a series of events and attractions that promises to be better than ever this year.

Anyone wishing to take part in the festive fun can book their places online at

Aimee Jones

By Aimee Jones

Senior reporter based at the Shropshire Star's Shrewsbury office, covering Shrewsbury, North Shropshire and South Shropshire.

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