Welcome to the Santa Run information page. This event combines physical activity with the opportunity to support your community: an event where you get to dress up, have fun, burn a few festive calories and help us raise much needed funds for our charity.

NEW FUN RUN ADDED FOR 2019 Santa Paws! Enter yourself and your dog to take part in a Christmas dog jog for our charity – prize for the best dressed Santa Paws!

As it’s the season of goodwill and giving, we hope it won’t be too difficult to raise sponsorship, particularly if you promise to send your friends and family pictures of yourself training and taking part in your Santa suit! We can also offer some tips on our fundraising page.

Any queries, please contact francesca.johnson@ymcanorthlondon.org.uk.

To collect your Santa Run pack, please bring your online entry confirmation email to YMCA North London, Fitness Centre Reception, 184 Tottenham Lane, London N8 8SG (entrance on Elmfield Avenue).

Collection dates for race bibs and Santa suits are from 10am Friday 22nd November until 12pm on Friday 29th November. You can collect your pack on the day from the Information Tent on the day of the event from 8.30am, but we advise you to collect before then as queues could mean you miss your Santa Run.

Click here to view Santa Runs route map.

All 4 Santa Runs are fully contained in Alexandra Palace, no roads are crossed on route. Some parking is available on site, please follow instructions given by Alexandra Palace traffic officials, when driving towards Alexandra Palace. The route stay within the park and on the pavement around: there are no roads to cross. The courses are fully marshalled, water is available for every runner and there is medical cover on site should any Santa or Elf need it.

Welcome to YMCA North London’s fundraising information and ideas page



£2 could help provide a child from a deprived background with a meal at our breakfast club each day

£5 could provide a young homeless person with a wash kit and toothbrush on their first night in our hostel

£11 allows us to provide a discounted afterschool club session each week

£61 allows us to support a low-income family with childcare through a gymnastics course during the school holidays



Is this your first time as a YMCA North London fundraiser? If it is, nice one! We hope you enjoy the event that you are raising funds for. If you are one of our wonderful regular fundraisers, thank you for your continued support. Whether you are asking people to sponsor you to sleep rough or to run 5 or 10k, your energy and enthusiasm are what will inspire them to donate. In either case, sometimes it helps to have some other ways to raise funds, so we have a few tips listed below.


  1. Cake – fairy cakes, muffins, whatever you like. You could then either sell these at your work place, local school, or even host a tea party at your own house.
  2. Music – maybe a school would allow you or your children to host a talent show, or a disco.
  3. Quiz night – at a school, community centre or local pub.
  4. Challenge – bungee jump, parachute jump, abseil, sponsored walk.
  5. Shoe sale – use any old or unused shoes, children’s or adults.
  6. Christmas jumper day – at school or work.
  7. Jumble sale – a great way to clear your home of unused stuff!
  8. Raffle, tombola – ask local traders for donations or rummage in your cupboards for unwanted items
  9. Endurance – yogathon, spinathon, zumbathon – ask your local fitness centre for help.


For other tips, visit JustGiving or MyDonate


It’s useful to remember that whatever event or campaign you have chosen to support, you are the one who is putting in the effort. Whenever you approach people for sponsorship, be proud of what you will achieve and remember why you are doing it.

Never lose sight of the personal goal you are striving for and the lives you will change forever with every penny you raise. We thank you.

If you have any questions or want more information please contact the fundraising team.

Medical Information

  • Participants should be medically fit to take part in the event
  • Please fully complete your medical details on the back of race bib
  • Please ensure you train sufficiently for your event
  • Please do not run on the day if you are feeling unwell or still recovering from an illness. If you are unsure please consult your doctor before the event.
  • For further information on the risks of taking Ibuprofen or NSAID’s before, during or after your race, please click here.
  • Cardiac Safety – we wish to pass on this information from UK Athletics Limited (UKA) for all runners in running events:

“UKA is alert to its responsibility to all participants in athletics in respect of all aspects of health and safety. One particular area that young athletes and their parents must be aware of is the risk of cardiac problems. UKA has worked with Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) for several years, providing a screening service to athletes on the World Class Performance Programme. UKA and CRY are now seeking to encourage more athletes to use CRY’s screening service to help to identify any cardiac problems that may be otherwise hidden. Full information about CRY and their services can be found on their website at www.c-r-y.org.uk. Young people between the age of 14 and 35 who would like to have cardiac testing can go to www.testmyheart.org.”

All entries are to be made online and it is not possible to provide refunds.

All competitors enter at their own risk. No liability will be accepted for any injury incurred by entering this race. Details submitted on the entry form will be held on the organiser’s computer database and also their sub-contractor, so they can contact you regarding your race entry. We, the organiser, use this information to inform you about this event’s arrangements, future events and other YMCA North London news, as per your consent on the online entry form. Photographs taken during the race may be used on the race website, in advertising material and media reports. All competitors should wear their race bib when participating, so they can be identified for medical treatment if necessary and for photographic permission.

Participants should be medically fit to take part in the event. On the day of the race participants in the 5km race must be 16 years or over.

For reasons of safety entries are not permissible for runners with pushchairs, dogs or anything else which may cause an issue for other runners. For safety reasons you are not permitted to run with headphones unless they are UKA permitted “Bone Conductor” headphones, any persons caught will be disqualified from the race and results removed.


By entering the race, you have agreed to the following terms and conditions: I declare that I am medically fit to take part in this event and that I take part at my own risk. I, the runner, give consent for his/her personal and medical details being released by the medical team to the race organiser to inform next of kin and statutory authorities in the event of a medical emergency. I accept that the organisers are not liable for any loss, damage or injury howsoever caused, either before, during, after or as a result of my entering the race. I agree to my details as per my entry form being held on the computer databases of the organisers and their sub-contractors. I agree to abide by the Terms and Conditions of the event and to obey instructions given by the event officials and marshals, and that in the event of a dispute the race director’s decision will be final.