The first Marple Santa Dash was in 2009 at the time when Kidney Research U.K. was running a campaign entitled "Find a Cure for Martha", Martha being a little girl called Martha Stringer from Marple. In partnership with Kidney Research U.K.'s Carol Bonham, the Lions organised the first Santa Dash - relying heavily on Carol's ideas and Martha's local appeal as our "poster girl".
Over the years, the event became quite popular but 2017 brought about a few changes, which we think have reinvigorated the Santa Dash. We are now working with Kidneys for Life and two very special ladies, Carol and her colleague Victoria Thomson, who have helped us to develop local interest in the event. Whilst they work at the main hospitals in Manchester and Salford, Kidneys for Life supports the renal units in all our local hospitals and we ask that any Santa Dash sponsorship money is raised to support this wonderful charity.
After costs, all the money raised from the registration fees goes into the Lions Club Charity Account and is used to help us give assistance wherever it is required, locally, nationally or internationally.
Last year's event was particularly successful and we thank everyone for their wonderful support. Please help us to repeat that success this year.
Marple Santa Dash is a fun run for all the family starting at 12 noon from Marple Memorial Park. It is organised by Romiley & Marple Lions on behalf of Kidneys for Life. The run finishes at Marple Garden Centre, where you will be greeted with a mince pie and a cup of tea, children will receive a present from Santa and everyone wearing a Santa Suit will get a free ride on the miniature railway. Transport is provided back to the Memorial Park.
The Dash is about 2 miles long, mostly downhill and along footpaths – and don’t worry if you can’t manage a dash! You can run, walk – or even crawl!
After being expertly "prepared" by our specially recruited Personal Trainer, you will leave Memorial Park at 12 noon and make your way to Marple Garden Centre (Wyevale) on Dooley Lane, where your arrival will be heralded by Marple Band playing Christmas Carols. There is no need to worry about getting lost, as marshals will guide you along the route. Just be sure to heed their advice and take care at all times. The roads can be extremely busy and some sections of the pavement are very narrow.
The Registration Fee is £10.00, which covers the cost of your Santa Suit and also helps the Lions to organise this event, whilst continuing their support of worthy causes locally, nationally and internationally. One such worthy cause is Kidneys for Life.
Visit the KFL website to register online: https://kidneysforlife.org/event/santa-dash/
Alternatively download an entry form here.
The Scout Hut in Marple Memorial Park will be open from 11am onwards for you to check in and collect your Santa Suit. There will be a changing area but please note that all personal belongings must be taken with you, as security cannot be guaranteed in the Hut.
Limited parking is available in the Memorial Park but there is adequate public parking nearby in Marple. Courtesy transport is being provided by Smiths of Marple for your return from the Garden Centre.
All Dashers, wearing their Santa Suits, will be served with complimentary refreshments at the Garden Centre and will then be entitled to a ride on the Dragon Miniature Railway.
In addition, all Junior Dashers, under 11 years of age and wearing their Santa Suits, will receive an early Christmas Present as a special thank you from the Lions.
As a participant in the event we would be extremely grateful if you could raise sponsorship to help Kidneys for Life and you will therefore receive a KFL Sponsor Form. This is our 10th Santa Dash and we hope to repeat the success of the nine previous events, whilst again increasing awareness and support for the campaign. Help achieve the goal and fund kidney research to save lives!
If you or your company would like to sponsor the event please contact the organisers. You can be assured of receiving maximum publicity for your support.
In addition to the Santa Dash, we shall also be bringing Father Christmas to the Dragon Miniature Railway (Marple/Wyevale Garden Centre) at 11am on Saturday, 24th November and the Railway's Grotto will then be open every week-end up to Christmas and probably during the week immediately before Christmas. Please note that visits to Father Christmas in the Dragon Miniature Railway's Grotto DO NOT NEED TO BE BOOKED IN ADVANCE.
The Marple/Wyevale Garden Centre is taking bookings for Breakfast and Tea in the Restaurant with Father Christmas, starting on Friday, 30th November, so please contact the Garden Centre (0161 427 7211) as soon as possible for further details, as several of these sessions are already fully booked.
To learn more about Romiley and Marple Lions Club visit their entry in the Community Directory..