Berwick Kaler Foundation in the running for funding boost from Great Panto Run

Dress like Dame Berwick Kaler? Great Panto Run runners will be encouraged to wear fancy dress on January 18. Picture: Anthony Robling

THIS is one show guaranteed to run and run, namely York’s first ever Great Panto Run on January 18 in aid of the Berwick Kaler Foundation.

“Who knows who might be running? Perhaps Snow White or Aladdin, the Ugly Sisters or even Patricia the pantomime cow,” says York Theatre Royal press officer Steve Pratt.

Event organisers See York Run York are inviting runners to put on their best pantomime costume for a five-mile trail run for the charity established to continue the legacy of retired Theatre Royal panto dame Berwick Kaler.

The inaugural Great Panto Run at Rawcliffe Bar Country Park, in York, comprises two laps of an out-and-back route through woodland, fields and pathway on a course suitable for first-time trail runners and experienced runners alike. In addition, there will be a family fun run of two laps of the park, just over a mile in length.

“Fancy dress is encouraged but not compulsory, but there will be a prize for the best fancy-dressed runner,” says Steve.

A team from York Theatre Royal – last seen running the Yorkshire Marathon Relay – will be putting their running shoes back on for the Great Panto Run and are looking for sponsors. “Donations via the website are fee free, so 100 per cent of your donation will go directly to the Berwick Kaler Foundation, which aims to bring families, friends and communities together to enjoy all that theatre has to offer,” says Steve.

Further information on the January 18 run can be found on the fundraising page at

Will Dame Berwick be involved on the day? Wait and see.