A runner out in the country as the sun comes down.

Winter Solstice Saunter 2020

18th December 2020 - 21st December 2020

Sign up for the new Winter Solstice Saunter 2020,  a virtual festive 5K near the shortest day of the year, in support of Sue Ryder's palliative, neurological and bereavement care.

A runner out in the countryside as the sun comes down behind them.

After hosting 5 successful Solstice Saunter events on the longest day of the year, our friends at the Airedale Dodgers running club have decided to hold a virtual Winter Solstice Saunter as a way to celebrate the shortest day of the year and of course bring in valuable funds for Sue Ryder.

Those who wish to participate in this 5K virtual event on the Winter Solstice day itself will run, walk or saunter a route of their choice on Monday 21 December. However, daylight is tight at that time of year, especially on a weekday, so we are also allowing people to do their 5K from Friday 18 December.

As always, there will be a stunning Solstice Saunter medal, this time with a winter theme for everyone who enters (see below). Unfortunately, the ship they are coming on has been delayed, but they will be posted out to all participants just as soon as they arrive with us, hopefully in time to hang on your Christmas tree after wearing it with pride for completing your event or saunter.

The Winter Solstice Saunter 2020 Medal with a robin on the face and Christmas holly on the ribbon.

To keep within the light-hearted nature of the Saunter events, there will be a prize for the person who posts the best photo of their run which encapsulates the festive season, be that giving, carol singing, winter, dressing up, family, whatever.

Harriet, in her Sue Ryder running gear, next to a Christmas tree covered in lights and decorations.

Finally, there will be a prize for the participant who creates the best online route mapping picture with their chosen route (see example below).

Seven swans drawn over a route map for the Winter Solstice Saunter.
Ted Mason (Strava artist)

Why not make the Winter Solstice Saunter a part of a larger running challenge for Sue Ryder this December by signing up to the December Daily Dash? 

This involves running a 5K everyday in the month of December. It’s free to enter and has a fundraising ask which will support Sue Ryder and help us to be there for people when it matters most.

Find out more information on Sue Ryder's expert palliative, neurological and bereavement support, as well as other ways you can help to support us to be there when it matters.

The Airedale Dodgers running club, in front of shining Christmas lights

Frequently asked questions

As compiled by our friends at the Airedale Dodgers.

‘Airedale Dodgers?' This is a running club based at Airedale Hospital. It has members from most professions including doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, physiotherapists and many others who just enjoy running. (We just run for fun; the ‘Dodgers’ bit refers to us dodging out of the way of faster runners!)

When would I run or walk or saunter? Friday 18 December (08.22 hrs) and finishes at sunset on Monday 21 December (15.47 hrs). If you prefer to run/walk it on the Monday you will have 7 hours and 22 minutes of daylight. Plenty of time!

Are those sunrise and sunset times are correct? These are the correct times for Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice, there are national variations.

Where do I run? Do I have to do this at Bolton Abbey? Certainly not, you can do this anywhere. If you have a relative in Australia get them to enter and run it (We’ll stand the medal postage!!). Remember wherever you are in the world it has to be done within the Keighley sunrise and sunset times. You can do the 5k on whatever surface you choose, running machine, back garden, park, canal towpath, anywhere as long as it is safe.

Where is the money going? Apart from the cost of the medals and postage, every penny is going to Sue Ryder's specialist palliative, neurological and bereavement support.

Do I have to raise sponsorship? We thank everyone who does raise sponsorship but there is no obligation to do so.

Do I have to be fit? Not particularly if you have any doubt seek medical advice. You can run or walk the distance, if you do feel uncomfortable please stop. Don’t take any risks.

Do I have to prove I’ve done the distance? No, we’ll trust you.

I’m a runner can I compete with others? You can, before the event we’ll send you a link to an online form to send us your time and then a Leader Board will be updated over the weekend. So, come on you Parkrunners and running club members let’s see you out there with your new personal best.

Is there an age limit? No but children under 11 should be supervised by an adult in a public area.

Parkruns are 5k, can we use the same courses? You can but please be considerate and observe social distancing with other park users.

Can I take photographs? Please feel free to take photos of your own family members taking part and post them on the Winter Solstice Saunter facebook event page . Photographs of children should not name them or identify where they live.

Can I do the distance on a bike/roller/ice skates or skis? No, with the exception of a wheelchair this is a foot race/walk. Medical wheelchairs are allowed, mobility scooters are not.

If the whole family do it does this mean we all get a medal? It’s one entry one medal.

What happens if you get more entries than medals? The first 600 entrants will receive their medal through the post by the weekend of the event. Those not in the first 600 will have to wait for theirs until into the new year. So, you need to enter early!

When does the event finish? The event officially finishes at 15:47 on the 21st December. Participants have until 16:47 so register their times and post their photos to be in the reckoning for the prizes.

Did someone mention prizes?

• There isn’t a prize for the fastest runner. But think of the kudos!

• There is a small prize for the picture that we think epitomises the Winter Solstice or the festive season the best.

• And finally, there is a prize for the best route mapping image. To explain, running watches and phone apps produce a red line on a map of the route you have completed. By picking your route carefully you can produce a picture. The best picture sent to us wins a prize.

As always thanks for your incredible support.

The Airedale Dodgers Team

Terms and conditions

The Virtual (2020) Solstice Saunter with Airedale Dodgers Running Club

Terms, Conditions and Disclaimer

For this virtual 5K each participant must select their own 5K route.

Age Issues It is each under 18 year olds parents'/guardians’ responsibility to ensure they or their children are suitability fit and healthy to take part in the event and to ensure that their children are kept safe during the event.. We recommend that under 11’s are kept within arm’s reach of a responsible adult at all times. Running whilst carrying a child of any age (whether in a front or back baby carrier/harness, in your arms, on your shoulders or piggyback) poses a substantial safety risk and we would strongly advise against it. Walking whilst carrying a baby or child is permitted as long as their safety and welfare is not compromised.

Date and time Participants are asked to start their 5K no earlier than sunrise on 18 December and finish no later than sunset on 21 December.

Animals Please note that we only recommend one dog per runner/walker and that the welfare of that animal remains your responsibility throughout your 5K. Please keep your dog under firm control at all times, either on a short lead or a harness with a short lead.. Dog waste must be picked up at the time. Further information and advice about running with a dog can be found on the Cani Cross UK website.

Clothing and Footwear It is participants own responsibility to wear footwear and clothing appropriate to the nature of their chosen course and the weather on the day.

Contact Details Participants are personally responsible for updating the organisers with any new e-mail address and telephone details.

Data Protection Please be aware that by registering you authorise Sue Ryder to process your personal and sensitive data in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 for the purposes of this event. By ticking the terms and conditions box on our registration form you agree to Sue Ryder using your personal and sensitive data for the purposes outlined above.

Headphones If you wear headphones whilst running/walking please be aware of people around you and moving traffic.

Health and Fitness The event has been designed as a low risk event for the averagely-fit person, although please note that this does depend on your choice of course. All participants should satisfy themselves that they are in good health and physically able to participate and that their chosen course is within their capabilities. If in doubt, participants should consult a doctor prior to the event.

Liability The Virtual Winter Solstice Saunter is operated by Airedale Dodgers and Sue Ryder, and all participants take part at their own risk. Neither the operators nor its sponsors accept responsibility for any loss, injury or damage suffered by any participant personally or to their property as a result of taking part in the Virtual Winter Solstice Saunter in the absence of negligence or breach of statutory duty on the part of either Airedale Dodgers, Sue Ryder or its co organisers or sponsors. Personal accident and public liability insurance cover is advised to cover any loss, damage or injury you may sustain yourself or to your personal property or cause to a third party or their property. Your signature on the entry form or your clicking on the box in the on line entry conforms your acceptance of these conditions of entry. If during the event you are involved in an incident with a third party please ensure that you pass on all your details - it is not the responsibility of the event organisers.

Publicity By participating, participants agree to take part in pre and post-race publicity which may include interviews, photography and/or filming for Sue Ryder internal communications, local and/or national media. We will endeavour not to use any photographs, images or likenesses of children aged 16 or under.

Personal Safety As the event is unsupervised and participants choose their own course, it is each participant’s own responsibility to ensure their chosen course is safe and to look after their own safety whilst taking part. When you set out the complete the 5k please advise others what you are doing and your intended route. Please ensure you have with you any medical alert device and/or any medicines you may require (e.g. inhaler).

Changes to Event The organisers reserve the right to cancel the event and/or make changes to the advertised start and finish times. This will only be done in extreme circumstances beyond the organisers control (e.g. a change to government advice). Any changes will be advertised prior to the event.

Refunds The entry fee for the Virtual Winter Solstice Saunter is non-transferable and non-refundable.

Risks Whilst Sue Ryder has a comprehensive risk assessment process it is unable to risk assess each participant’s individually chosen course. By taking part in this event, you acknowledge that there may be conditions or circumstances beyond our control that can lead to unforeseen risks.

Route Safety is the top priority for your chosen route. Wherever possible road walking/running should be avoided. The route should avoid passing through a crowded area. The possibility that public parks may become crowded should be considered.


Every participant must fill in their own registration form unless:

The person completing the form is doing so as the parent or guardian of a participant aged under 18 in which case the parent or guardian must inform the participant that they have signed the terms and conditions on their behalf and that their participation in the event will be governed by these terms.

The person completing the form has or reasonably believes that they have the participant’s consent to their doing so on the participant’s behalf. The person completing the form must make the participant aware of these terms and conditions in good time before the event.

In the event that the participant does not agree to be bound by these terms and conditions they should withdraw from the event. Participation in the event shall be deemed to be acceptance of these terms and conditions by the participant.

Smoking and Alcohol Smoking or consuming alcohol during the event is discouraged.

Sponsorship The Solstice Saunter is an exclusive Sue Ryder fundraising event. Sponsorship monies raised may not be given to or shared with any other organisation. Participants are advised that they have a legal responsibility to ensure that all sponsorship monies and donations received for the Solstice Saunter are paid to Sue Ryder within a reasonable time.

Wheelchairs and Toys This is a foot race and, regrettably, wheeled transport such as scooters/skateboards/roller skates/ mobility scooters are forbidden. Medical wheelchairs/ buggies/pushchairs are allowed.

Results and Solstice Saunter Medal Prior to the weekend of the event an email will be sent to all registered participants with a link to a online page where people can upload their results to if they so wish, if they don’t upload then they will not be published. All participants who sign up will receive a Winter Solstice Saunter medal. If they are in the first 600 entrants to sign up then the organisers will endeavour to get medals out to them ahead of the event weekend, this is subject to an on time delivery from the suppliers which is beyond our control.  Should more than 600 places be sold then those who sign up after this point will still receive an identical medal but this will be from a second delivery in early 2021.

Disclaimer I hereby apply to participate in this event. I or my parent/ guardian accept and agree with the terms and conditions detailed above. I agree to participate in this event at my own risk. I agree to run with consideration for others. I agree that the conditions of my entry state that I will follow the instructions given.