TICKETS have today gone on sale for this year’s running of the annual ‘Jingle Bell Jog’ around Media City and Salford.

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The fun run, first started five years ago, is expected to be the most popular yet when it takes place on 2nd December at 10.30 am, with numbers set to be boosted by the cancellation of Manchester United’s similar event.

Kevin Harmer, UK Events and Sponsorship Manager for the organisers Sports Tours International, said: “hopefully we’ll see some of their fans and fundraisers come over to us”.

Open to all

The four kilometre run, which travels through Media City, and goes past the Lowry, the Imperial War Museum and the Manchester Ship Canal. It is open to anyone of any skill level, the only rule is festive costume.

Mr. Harmer said: “It’s an annual event that gets really big reach for us.

“Out of all the UK running events that we do, it’s the only one that’s not timed, which means people can walk it, they can run it, they can come together with their family and push a buggy round.

“They can even walk a dog around as long as they are wearing some sort of festive costume anyone’s welcome to come down and take part”.

And to add to the festive feel, live reindeer will be there after ‘we managed to speak to Mr. Claus and he agreed to send some over for us.’

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Reindeer
Real reindeer will be present at this year’s ‘Jingle Bell Jog’ (snow not included)

4K (distance not TV resolution)

A major difference from prior versions of the jog is the shortening of the distance. This year it is four kilometres when previously it had been five.

Mr. Harmer explained the change, saying:

“One reason is because of all the traffic and tram works that’s happening in and around Salford and Trafford, they’re putting in a new tramline the opposite side of Media City, so that impacts on the safe roads and pathway networks you can use.

“Plus we wanted to give it a distance where more people could do it so the less distance it is the more people you can hopefully attract to do the event.

A photograph from last year’s ‘Jingle Bell Jog’. More United fans will be expected after they cancelled their Santa run.

Less distance, same cost

And yet ticket prices for entering remain the same as last year, despite the shorter distance. When put to Mr. Harmer, he justified the price freeze (no pun intended) by pointing towards the costs of putting on the event.

He said: “We still have a number of costs that incur such as facility hire fee, first aid, all those types of things.

“It’s very affordable in the running fraternity, and a lot of those prices do include the Santa suits and everybody does get a medal at the end of it, the kids do get a selection box as well so it’s going to be a good value event, we’ll put on entertainment and music for people to enjoy on the day.

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The prices remain £16 for adults, £11 for children, and £45 for a family of four. That price includes Santa suits. If you have your own, the prices are £11, £6 and £25 respectively.

To buy tickets, just visit jinglebelljog.co.uk

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