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Frequently Asked Questions

What time does the run start?

The Children’s Cancer Run site is open to the public from 9.00am. All runners will start between 10.00am-12noon with specific run times detailed in run packs sent out in September 2020.

Are dogs allowed on the site?

Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome at the event but are not able to run the course.

Is the route suitable for pushchairs?

The Children’s Cancer Run is a cross country fun run with muddy terrain and some tree roots to navigate over and around. Please do not attempt to take a push chair around the 3 and 5 mile courses as you will get stuck. Sturdy buggies are permitted on the Mini Mile route, however please note that this route starts and finishes on a field.

Is the route suitable for wheelchairs?

Wheelchair users are able to take part in the mini mile run. Unfortunately due to the cross country terrain along the 3 and 5 mile courses it is not suitable for wheelchair users. If you are planning on taking part in the Mini Mile event in a wheelchair please ensure you let us know before the event by emailing us at childrenscancerrun@neccr.org.uk

How much does it cost to enter the run?

The entry fees help us to cover the cost of holding the Children’s Cancer Run. It is your sponsorship that makes a difference in the fight against childhood cancer so please raise what you can.

Early bird rates are available until 31st July 2020.

Standard entry rates are as follows:

Child entry – £8

Adult entry -£15

Family entry-£40

Late Entries (26th September onwards):

Child Entry – £10

Adult Entry – £20

Family Entry – £50

What are the age restrictions for the different routes?

We understand that children are capable of running 1, 3 and 5 miles at different ages so rather than restrict anyone from taking part in any of the routes we advise that parents or guardians decide themselves which course distance their child(ren) will be comfortable participating in. Points to consider are the uneven terrain of the 3 and 5 mile routes and the fact that the Children’s Cancer Run is a fun run and is not a timed race. We do advise though that children aged 11 years and under must be accompanied by a responsible adult around the 3 and 5 mile courses.

We also advise that children aged 16 years and under must be supervised by a responsible adult during the event.

Is there anywhere for people to watch the runners?

Spectators are welcome to watch the start and finish of the run from the Event Village in Bitts Park. You are also welcome to find a spot along the route to cheer on your family and friends.

Will I get a t-shirt for running?

All child entries will receive a limited edition technical Children’s Cancer Run t-shirt within their entry fee. Please note that all children’s t-shirts are collected near to the finish line on run day. Adults have the option of purchasing limited edition technical running t-shirts for £10, either with their on-line registration or on the day.

What is the best way to get there on run day?

Please see details on the Travel and Parking section of the website.

I can’t find where I register under a school

Scroll down the registration page until you see ‘Are you running for a school?’. Click to select that you are running for a school team and when prompted start typing the name of your school. If your school name does not appear please email us on childrenscancerrun@neccr.org.uk as your school may not have registered yet.

Is there a minimum sponsorship amount?

No, please just raise what you can in sponsorship. NECCR are grateful for any amount of money that you can raise to help more children beat cancer.

You can edit your Justgiving page to set your own target if you wish – check out this handy guide from JustGiving on making the most of your on-line fundraising page.

Remember that every penny you raise makes a difference.

What if I can't decide whether to run the 3 or 5 mile run?

You can leave it to the minute you enter the assembly zones to decide if you are feeling energetic enough to cover 5 miles or would prefer the shorter 3 mile challenge but you do need to decide before you run whether you are going to choose the 3 or 5 mile distance. Although both courses start from the same Start Line, once you are up and out of Bitts Park fields the 5 mile course heads left onto the cross country fields around Sheepmount Athletics Stadium gaining an extra 2 miles there whereas the 3 mile course heads right along Mayor’s Walk and along past the Sands Centre to the river. Both courses finish on Bitts Park.

Where can blue badge holders park?

Please make your way to Castle Car Park and report to one of our car park attendants. They will direct you to the nearest blue badge parking space available.

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