Author: Martin Rendle, edited by Emily McParland

Santa runs may be a common sight at this time of year, however at the RSPB we want to celebrate the festive season with Britain's favourite bird instead, the robin.

The RSPB have launched the first annual Winter Robin Fun Run, to be held in the beautiful Norfolk Broads. We want to put the 'fun' into fun run, so whole families are welcome and actively encouraged to get creative with home-made robin costumes to celebrate the coming of Christmas and the role that nature plays in our changing seasons and national holidays.

Photo credit: Mark Hewlett

For robin costume inspiration, have a look here.

About the run:

We’ll be offering a range of distances, and how you make your way around them is entirely up to you! Keen runners can aim for a personal best; those just starting to get into running are welcome to jog or yomp the route, and we’ll be cheering those with young families along as they skip, walk or push buggies around the stunning lakeside surroundings at Whitlingham Country Park. The Flint Barn cafe will be open for refreshments and all participants will receive a souvenir medal!

Together it'll be a great way to kick-start the festive season and experience the incredible benefits we can all gain from being outside getting active and immersed in nature – even dressed as a robin.

To find out more or sign up for the Robin Run, visit

Date: Sunday 4 December, 10.30am

Location: Whitlingham Country Park, Norfolk

The annual fun run is offered as part of a two year project run by the RSPB in partnership with Sport England to encourage more people to actively enjoy nature. To find out more about the ‘Active in Nature’ partnership project and for full details on all of the activities available in the Broads, visit