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On the day – event information

To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Children’s Cancer Run there will be more entertainment, more excitement and more fun involved than ever before. Please join North of England Children’s Cancer Research at our annual fun run to raise the most amount of money ever at the event to help more children beat cancer.

Even if you are not able to take part in the Children’s Cancer Run this year, please come and join us at Newcastle Racecourse to celebrate this treasured North East event. There are lots of things for spectators to do too!

When? What? Where?
8.45am First Stagecoach Metro Shuttle Bus (Four Lane Ends) From Four Lane Ends Metro Station to Newcastle Racecourse
8.57am First Stagecoach Metro Shuttle Bus (Regent Centre) From Regent Centre Metro Station to Newcastle Racecourse
9.00am Event site opens to the public Newcastle Racecourse
Event Information open
T-shirt Exchange open
Jockey’s Hostel (near the Main Start)
Jockey’s Canteen (near the Main Start)
First Park & Ride shuttle buses From Quorum and Sage Park & Ride sites to Newcastle Racecourse
9.15am Raffle desk opens Event Village
9.30am First 3 and 5 mile runners start From the Main Start
Entertainment commences Entertainment Square, Event Village
10.00am First Mini Mile runners start From the Mini Mile Start
12.30pm Last 3 and 5 mile runners start From the Main Start
12.45pm Last Mini Mile runners start From the Mini Mile Start
2.30pm Event site closes Newcastle Racecourse
Last Park & Ride shuttle buses From Newcastle Racecourse to Sage and Quorum Park & Ride sites
2.47pm Last Stagecoach Metro Shuttle Bus (Newcastle Racecourse) From Newcastle Racecourse to Regent Centre then Four Lane Ends Metro Station

The run

Key Information

  • Please come dressed ready to run as there are no changing facilities on site.
  • Bring some warm clothes to wear afterwards!
  • We run whatever the weather and the course varies in terrain along roads, tracks and muddy paths through wooded areas.
  • Don’t forget: your run number pinned to the front of your running vest/t-shirt. Please remember to complete your details on the reverse of your run number.
  • Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome at the event but should not run any of the routes.
  • Pushchairs and wheelchair users are welcome to take part in the Mini Mile run but due to the terrain are advised not to take part along the 3 or 5 mile courses.
  • There will be a family reunion area in front of the grandstand. Anyone getting separated from their family or group should meet there.

For more information please see our FAQs section.

Event Information Point
If you have any queries before you are ready to run, please go to the Event Information Point near the Main Start area (see map).

Safety Pins will be available in the T-shirt Exchange area near the Start.

The Start

You must wear your Run Number on the day. No-one will be allowed to start on the run without their number. Please complete your details on the reverse of your number before you start the run. Safety Pins will be available in the T-shirt Exchange area near the Start.

Please keep to your specified start time detailed in your Run Pack which has been allocated according to the colour of your Run Number. Due to the large number of runners taking part in the event the staggered start times will enable a continual flow of people avoiding congestion entering car parks, at Event Information and at the Finish.

Schools: If you are running with a school they will have been allocated a start time for you.

3 & 5 Mile Start times

Run Number Start Time
Orange 9.30am – 10.15am
Yellow 10.15am – 11.00am
Blue 11.00am – 11.45am
Grey 11.45am – 12.30pm
White Check with your School or online

LAST START 3 & 5 MILE START: 12.45pm

Mini Mile

Younger runners taking part in the Mini Mile event are invited to start their run any time between 10.00am and 12.30pm from the Mini Mile Start line. Come along whenever suits you best!

The Course

The first 2 miles and the last mile of the 3 and 5 mile courses are the same. At the 2 mile point you have the option to take the route for the 3 mile course or extend your run and take the route for the 5 mile course. You can make this decision on the day.

Unfortunately we are not able to allow dogs to run on the course for safety reasons. However, we do welcome well behaved dogs on leads on the event site.

The Mini Mile course joins the last section of the 3 and 5 mile course. Please be aware that once the course reaches the racecourse there will be younger runners sharing the route with you. Slower runners are advised to keep to the left of the running course so that faster runners are able to overtake to the right.

Don’t forget to take photos at the Selfie Stations at the mile marker points along the course and share them on social media! @NECCRrun @NECCR #CCRun

The Finish

This is a Cross Country Fun Run, not a timed race. There will be big clocks at the Start and at the Finish so all runners are able to keep a record of your run time if you wish. Once you cross the finish line remember to collect your limited edition 35th anniversary medal, your Greggs picnic, a drink, and a t-shirt for all child runners with our sincere thanks for running.

A family reunion area is based in front of the grandstand. Anyone getting separated from their family or group should meet there.

After you have finished the run, please stay around for a while to soak up the atmosphere, enjoy the entertainment on offer including Metro Radio’s roadshow bus, a fun fair, a climbing wall from the Army Cadets and much more.

Medical Information

St John Ambulance will be in attendance on the day, based near the Mini Mile Start and at specific points along the 3 and 5 mile courses for all first aid medical requirements.

If you feel unwell on the day of the run please do not run. If you are in doubt about any medical problems, please consult your doctor before you run.

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