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Don Your Antlers, Or Elf Ears, And Get Running For Charity
Despite the name, you are not going to see a herd of reindeer racing against each other through the streets of Staffordshire! But that doesn't mean there won't be a lot of fun and excitement in store when the Rudolph Run takes place in the delightful grounds of historic Tamworth Castle.

St Giles Hospice Rudolph Run
Get your entries in for the Rudolph Run

The Rudolph Run, which takes place on Sunday 4 December, has been organised by St Giles Hospice, a registered charity which provides specialist medical and nursing care for local people living with cancer and other serious illnesses. And, although there won't be actual reindeer taking part in the six kilometre run, participants are being invited to dress up in appropriate festive costumes, so you never know!

Tamworth Castle Grounds
Rudoloh Run to take place in Tamworth Castle Grounds

In fact, fancy dress is being actively encouraged to help runners, as well as members of the public who will be watching in Tamworth Caste Grounds, to get in the Christmas spirit. So, entrants are being urged to dig out those Santa hats, elf ears and, yes, any antlers, to help make the magical sponsored run an occasion to remember. The Rudolph Run starts at 10am and entrants are invited to run or walk along the 6km course which passes through the picturesque grounds that sit beneath the still intact ramparts of Tamworth Castle that previously helped protect the Anglo Saxon kingdom of Mercia.

St Giles Hospice
St Giles Hospice in Whittington

The event is open to anyone aged 10 and over, and would-be participants can put their name down before registration officially closes on Thursday 1st December at one minute to midnight. The entry fee is £8 for 10-14 year olds and £14 for those aged 14 years and above. All the proceeds of the run are going to St Giles Hospice which began its life in 1983 at the nearby former vicarage of St Giles Church in Whittington, near Lichfield, when the then vicar, the Reverend Canon Paul Brothwell, became concerned at the level of care given to terminally-ill patients in local hospitals.

St Giles Hospice Rudolph Run
Find out more about the charity fancy dress run

As well as providing high-quality care for local people living with serious illness, the hospice also offers support for their families and helpers. Staff provide individually-tailored care either at the hospice or in patients' own homes across the region. The range of specialist services is provided free of charge to all who need it, with St Giles relying heavily on donations and fundraising.
Today, the hospice is regarded as a centre of excellence and one of the best-known and most respected charities in the region, with more than 400 staff, over 1,500 volunteers, and 31 charity shops. It also has one of the most successful hospice lotteries in the UK, and spends more than £9 million on providing care every year.

Tamworth Castle
The run takes place in the shadow of Tamworth Castle

Anyone unable to participate in the actual Rudolph Run on December 4 can still get involved if they wish by volunteering to be a marshal on the day. To volunteer your services, either go online or contact Aaron Coleman on 01543 434496 or email him on
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Why? What A Great Reason To Run Around In Fancy Dress
When: 4 December 2016
Phone: 01543 434496
Where: Tamworth Castle Grounds, Tamworth, Staffordshire B79 7NA
Cost: Entry is £8.00 for 10-14 year olds and £14 for 14 years plus
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