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29 November 2022

Call out for runners for annual Foodbank Festive Fun Run

Run Eat Sleep’s annual festive fun run in aid of Key to Life Foodbank is happening again this year on Sunday 11 December to support struggling South Tyneside residents battling the ongoing cost of living crisis.

The event, a highlight of South Tyneside’s festive season, is taking place along South Shields seafront from 9am with participants encouraged to take part in Christmas-themed fancy dress.

As ever, the run is being organised by charity champion Luke Adams, founder of Run Eat Sleep – South Shields. There is a marked 1km route for children and families, along with beginners, plus the usual 5km route for regular runners.

Those wishing to take part are asked to bring along either a food or toiletry item on the day as their ‘entry fee’ which will be donated to Key to Life.

Most urgently needed items at the foodbank include cereal; long-life milk; tinned custard/rice pudding; tinned fruit and vegetables; tinned meat & fish; tinned soup; instant type snack meals; pasta/curry sauces; bottles of juice; Christmas fare/festive packaged treats and confectionary; toothpaste; toilet rolls; shower gel; baby items; washing powder and cleaning products.

Foodbank donations should be dropped off to the Run Eat Sleep team on the morning of the run between 8-8.45am at their registration tables on The Dragon – car parking available along Bents Park Road.

Alternatively, runners can also make a cash donation on the day or donate directly to the charity online, by cheque, by BACS or by text – for full details of ways to support the charity this Christmas:

 Luke Adams, Run Eat Sleep-South Shields founder, said: “Our annual Christmas Fun Run is a great community event that everyone can get involved with – whether you run, walk, or toddle the course it’s the taking part that counts and knowing you’ll be supporting a cause close to home.”

Jo Benham Brown, Business Development and Communities Manager at Key said: “It just wouldn’t be Christmas without Run Eat Sleep’s annual festive fun run, we’re so grateful to Luke and his running group who fundraise every year on Key to Life’s behalf.”

“With many households now in desperate hardship, suffering from the biggest cuts in living standards in forty years, amid escalating food and fuel bills, alongside rising taxes and interest rates, we’re anticipating more people than ever to turn to our foodbank this Christmas – so please do support if you’re able to.”

For more information about Run Eat Sleep-South Shields visit or see their Facebook page (@RESsouthshields).

For any Christmas Run related enquiries please email