You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout – because you could spot Santa Claus running through Gloucester at any given moment leading up to Christmas.
This is because the city’s annual Santa Fun Run has been axed this year to protect would-be participants against COVID-19.
Instead of the large scale event planned on December 5, organisers have asked participants to sign up to their virtual event.
This involves signing up, making a charitable donation, collecting/receiving one of their Santa snoods and choosing when and where you do your ‘fun run’.
The ‘fun run’ can stretch between a route of between one to five kilometres.
Organisers of the 2020 event said on Facebook: “The plan was to do the fun run on Saturday December 5, 2020 in the city but obviously due to COVID-19 we cannot, in all honesty, have the fun run and promise to keep everyone safe. Lets face it, we wouldn’t be doing our job if we weren’t keeping everyone safe.
“This year in line with other runs we have decided to have a virtual fun run; so welcome to the first ever Virtual Glos Santa Fun Run!
“The aim is for people to sign up and donate their money to the charity and then choose when and where they do their fun run; all we ask is that you obey the current regulations regarding COVID 19 and respect other people whilst doing the run.”
Donations will go towards The James Hopkins Trust, a charity which provides care for babies and children up to the age of five who have a life limiting or life threatening disease.
Organisers have asked that participants collect the Santa snoods in a bid to keep costs down as all profits will be going toward the charity.
The very first Santa Fun Run began in 2017 in Gloucester Park.