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Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if I entered the 2020 Children's Cancer Run and have a rolled over place?

If you entered the 2020 Children’s Cancer Run and opted to roll your entry over to the next event you should have received an email from the Children’s Cancer Run team and offered the opportunity to re-register your details with a free entry code.

If this applies to you and you haven’t heard from the team please drop us a line at and we will follow up on your entry status.

What time does the run start?

The Children’s Cancer Run site is open to the public from 9.00am.

If you are running the 3/5 mile route you will be allocated a run start time in September and emailed the details. Please stick to your allocated time to help us ensure the car parks and run course aren’t too busy at any time.

If you are running the Mini Mile you can start anytime between 9.45am and 11.30pm.

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 fairly substantial 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. All-terrain buggies are permitted on the Mini Mile course but this route is also on uneven terrain in parts so please do so with caution.

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

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?

Usually we love to welcome spectators to the Children’s Cancer Run and we have plenty of viewing points along the finish straight. This year we will keep this under review and release further information in the 2 weeks before run day, depending on what restrictions need to be in place due to COVID. We hope we will be able to welcome spectators as usual.

Will I get a t-shirt for running?

All child entries will receive a technical souvenir Children’s Cancer Run t-shirt within their entry fee. For 2021 all children’s t-shirts will be sent out to runners with their run number before the event so that they can be worn on the day as you run!

Due to feedback from runners over the past few years, Children’s Cancer North are offering adults limited edition technical running t-shirts for a recommended donation amount of £10. All donations received for t-shirt orders will go to Children’s Cancer North to help make life better for children and young people with cancer in the North East and Cumbria.

When will my run pack arrive?

For 2021 we will be sending all run packs out the week prior to the event, from Monday 20th September. This allows us to ensure everyone receives their run number and children receive their t-shirts prior to attending the event and can wear them on the day when they run.

Please get in touch on if you have not received your run pack by Friday 24th September and we will advise you of what to do.

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

We will be releasing further information about travel and parking in September 2021.

I can’t find where I register under a school

Unfortunately for 2021 we will not be taking school entries. This is because we are unable to set large groups of runners off from the start line as we usually do whilst implementing safety measures for COVID-19. Social distancing will be adopted at the Children’s Cancer Run to keep our runners, spectators, staff and volunteers as safe as possible whilst they are on the event site.

If you have a rolled over place from 2020 and were supposed to be running with your school group please do not despair as you will still be able to run within a smaller group of friends and/or family members so as to enjoy the event.

Is there a minimum sponsorship amount?

No, please just raise what you can in sponsorship. Children’s Cancer North are grateful for any amount of money that you can raise to make life better for children with cancer.

Your fundraising page is set at an automatic sponsorship target amount. This can be edited by you to whatever figure you think you would like to have as your target for sponsorship raised through taking part in the Children’s Cancer Run.

Remember that every penny you raise makes a difference.

What if I start the 5 mile run and don’t feel like I can complete it?

The 3 and 5 mile courses both start at the same point and cover the same route for the first 2 miles. All runners will reach a point at 2 miles where the courses split. If you get to this point and don’t feel like you can run another 3 miles on the day, you have the option to then complete the 3 mile route. This applies the other way too so if you start out on the 3 mile route and are feeling particularly energetic and decide to run the longer course, you can switch to the 5 mile route at the 2 mile mark.

What times do the Main Run and Mini Mile Run finish?

The final start time for the Mini Mile Run is at 12.45pm and at 1.15pm for both the 3 and 5 mile distances. Please ensure you head to the appropriate start line by this time at the latest if you wish to run any of the 3 distances.

The event will come to a close at 2.45pm once the final runners have crossed the finish line and been able to enjoy the activities within the Event Village.

Where can Blue Badge Holders park?

Please make your way through either the West Gate or East Gate entrance to the racecourse and inform a marshal that you are a Blue Badge Holder. They will direct you to the nearest blue badge parking space available.

Do I have to register myself to run with my child?

If your child is running the Mini Mile you will receive one Accompanying Adult strip in with their run entry. If there are additional adults running the Mini Mile, or you would like to receive a run number, medal and Greggs snack pack at the finish, please register yourself under an Adult entry. All adults taking part in the 3 or 5 mile course must register as an Adult entry in order to run the route.

Is there a training plan i can follow?

Yes! David Fairlamb Fitness has kindly put together a 6 week guide to help you prepare for the run. You can download it here 

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