Knowsley Safari Park RNLI Reindeer Run 2011

It was great to arrive at work this morning, at the end of November, to see queues of cars heading into the safari park. Unfortunately all these visitor weren’t here to see the animals but were here as runners in the 2011 RNLI Reindeer Run. There are three events for the Reindeer run, the 10k, the 5k and the 3k Santa Saunter walk.

Last year the run raised over £15,000 and there were high hopes to do better this year. The car park certainly seemed busier than last year, although RNLI say they have similar numbers, but it was -6C for the 2010 run so a few may have opted to sit it out it’s no fun running with ice on your face! Starbucks kindly provided hot drinks to help fight against the cold this year.

Plenty of runners were around for the 10K warm up session by DW Fitness.

After the warm up the 10K runners were off, with the first runners expected back in a little over half an hour they weren’t hanging around.

The 5k runners were next up and were cheered on as they passed the elephants

And last but not least the Santa Saunter.

As well as a number of serious runners there were those who were running to have fun as well as raising as much as possible for a very worthy cause.

After 5k in that suit this was as close to a smile as I was going to get.

The best bit about a run is always the finish and I was guaranteed to get a smile here.

We heard a rumour that X-Factors Marcus Collins was supposed to be running today but he was feeling a little flat.
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Knowsley Safari Park was first opened in 1971 and now in it’s 40th year offers an experience to remember.  A five
mile safari drive awaits you with lions, tigers, white rhino and many more animals including our infamous troop of
baboons.  Get closer to the action at Knowsley Safari Park a great family day out.


About safariuk

I am the Visitor Service Manager for UK tourist attraction Knowsley Safari Park. I have been in the post only for a few years and consider myself very fortunate to work in such a fantastic place. Not many people outside of Africa can take their lunch break while looking at elephants! This isn't the official blog for Knowsley Safari Park but my own views and opinions on things that may be happening at the park, in the leisure industry or anywhere else.
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