You might already find yourself running riot around the shops this year as you tick off your long list of festive gifts, goodies and must-haves. But on Sunday 11 December, swap the shopping chaos for family fun at intu Metrocentre. The patter of thousands of spritely feet will soon to be heard in the malls of the North East’s shopping haven this December as families gather to celebrate the spirit of Christmas in true elf style.

Entries are now open for the third annual Elf Run, a unique 1km indoor family fun run where eager elves will be getting into the festive spirit, helping Santa to deliver presents while raising funds for local children’s charities.

At the starting Line - Abby Black and David Foreman
At the starting Line – Abby Black and David Foreman

Helen Atkinson, Marketing Manager at intu Metrocentre, said:

“The Elf Run has become a real highlight of our festive calendar and this year we’re hoping to celebrate intu Metrocentre’s 30th birthday in style by breaking the world record for the largest gathering of elves in one place. We’re sure that the boys and girls of the North East are up to the challenge!

The Elf Run raises funds for children’s charities and is always a magical experience for everyone who takes part. It’s also a brilliant way of making fitness fun for children and encouraging them to get active and ‘elfy’ this festive season.”

Entry to the fun run costs £10 per child, plus a small processing fee, and includes an elf hat and t-shirt, an ‘official helper’ certificate from Santa and a shiny runner’s medal to take home. Adults can accompany their child on the run for free or pay £15 to join in the festive fun with their own elf costume, medal and goodie bag.

As well as raising funds for a charity close to their heart, Santa’s little helpers also embody the true spirit of Christmas by bringing unwrapped presents for Santa to distribute to children and families who need them most this Christmas.

Sign up now via the Elf Run website at www.elfrun.co.uk to avoid disappointment.