For more information about other Great Run Local events across December and all of its locations in the UK, visit: Greatrunlocal.org

What better way to get in the Christmas spirit than by breaking a sweat?

Christmas is the most widely celebrated holiday worldwide and of course, the running community is no exception and has its very own way of being festive.

December doesn’t just bring good cheer and fun treats, it also brings Christmas themed runs!

Feel good this season while keeping fit and Elfie by taking on one of the free Great Run locals across the UK.

Great Run Local offers both 2k and 5k timed runs and is organised by fantastic trained volunteers in the community, so there’s something for all ages and abilities.

Here are the best of the festive fun runs on offer courtesy of Great Run Local, sorted by your nearest Great Run.

Great Manchester Run

On 15 December, Great Run Local Burrs Country Park is holding a Santa Dash – red hats and beards essential! – while Great Run Local Boggart Hole Clough will be hosting a Festive Run with a 10am start.

On 22 December, Great Run Local Debdale Park will be hosting a Santa Run, and Great Run Local Wythenshawe Park will be putting on a Rudolph Run – fancy dress optional with a post-run drink on the agenda.

Great North Run / Great North 10K

On 14 December, Great Run Local Whitby will be hosting its Festive Run, and on 15 December it will be Santa hats at the ready for Great Run Local Souter Lighthouse as they host their Santa Run.

On 22 December, Great Run Local Gibside will be organising their Santa Dash to get people in the mood for Christmas, with the big day just three days away!

Last year so many people got into the festive spirit, a trail of Santas made their way around the 18th Century garden and tackled that steady incline, with beautiful views of the Derwent Valley.

Great East Run

On 15 December, Great Run Local Alton Water will be holding a Santa Run, while a week later on 22 December Great Run Local Needham Lake will be holding their Fancy Dress Run alongside a Christmas Raffle. Fancy dress will be on the agenda for Great Run Local Southwold as they organise a Fancy Dress Christmas Run, and it will be similarly festive at Great Run Local Walsham Le Willows.

See the New Year in the best way possible on 1 January at Great Run Local Walsham Le Willows with a choice of a 2K or 5K to kick start those New Year’s Resolutions.

Great South Run

Great Run Local Portsmouth are organising a Christmas Run on 22 December, alongside Great Run Local Ashford and Great Run Local Lancing, with fun for all the family.

Great Birmingham Run

On 22 December, Great Run Local Edgbaston host a Christmas Run. Fancy dress is encouraged!

Great Bristol 10K / Half Marathon

Fancy a mid-week social run? Head to the V-shed and join the Great Runners Bristol gang for a 5, 8 or 10k run, followed by some festive food and drink. 

And keep your eyes peeled for the brand new Great Run Local Bristol Hengrove Park due to launch in the new year.

For more information about other Great Run Local events across December and all of its locations in the UK, visit: Greatrunlocal.org