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Kier Santa Run

By November 22, 2016January 26th, 2021Member News & Updates

Staff from Kier Construction Western and Wales, Finlake Holiday Park and Trago Newton Abbot are all in training for a fun run on Saturday 3rd December 2016 when they will be running 5km dressed as Santas in aid of Rowcroft Hospice.

The Finlake leisure staff have been helping the Kier team with their warm ups and the Trago staff have been testing out their costumes and getting in the spirit of the day by encouraging fellow Santas onto the famous Trago steam railway, which will form the North Pole Express at the end of November.

The Santa Run is the first to be held in the holiday park and will give participants the chance to walk, jog or run a 5km route around the beautiful surroundings of Finlake, whilst dressed in a Santa suit. Entries can be as individuals or teams, making it a fun family day out or, for the seriously competitive runners, a chance to run a new route.  For those who would like to see the Santa spectacle, cheer on  their friends , colleagues and families but don’t want to get their running shoes on, they are welcome to enjoy the facilities at Finlake, explore the park and have a behind the scenes look at where the stunning new leisure facilities will be located.

The Santa suits, which have been donated by Trago in support of the run, are included in the entry price and entrants can keep them after the event.

The Santa Run is a perfect opportunity to get in the festive spirit whilst raising money for a good cause. Rowcroft Hospice are committed to helping their patients and families make the most of every moment. From Dartmouth to Dawlish, their teams provide comfort, support and a range of specialist services to care for 2,000 patients with life limiting illnesses every year across South Devon. The care is provided at home, in the community and at their Inpatient Unit in Torquay.

Debbi Shotton from Rowcroft Hospice said “More than 70% of our funding comes from the incredible generosity of local people and we use every single penny of it to help make every day the best day possible for our patients and loved ones. We are so grateful to Kier, Finlake Holiday Park and Trago for supporting us through this event and are sure it is going to be a really fun and successful day.”

Brian Doherty, General Manager of Finlake Holiday Park said: “We are delighted to open the park to members of the public in order to raise money for such a great local charity. We hope to see many people enjoying the beautiful views and joining in the festivities as the Christmas season is approaching. Our staff, along with Kier, are certainly putting the ‘fun’ in fun run as preparations and training continue!”

Bruce Robertson, Chairman of Trago said: “As a South West retailer that has been a part of the local community for 50 years, we’re delighted to join with Kier and Finlake in supporting this event, which is for a very worthy cause. I wish all the participants the best of luck; I’m sure it’s going to be a lot of fun!”

This event highlights the close working relationship between three local businesses; at Finlake Kier are currently building a new £8million water park complete with slide, splash zones and two pools. At Trago, Kier are constructing the new ‘build centre’, which will expand the already extensive DIY range and provide a new accessible outlet for both trade and domestic customers.


For more information about the event, email [email protected], visit the Health & Leisure Club at Finlake Holiday Park or go to Registration closes on Monday 28th November.