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Frequently Asked Questions

What time does the run start?

  • 3/5 mile route – start times will be between 9.30am and 12.30pm. This will be sent to you in your run pack before the run.
  • Mini Run route (approx. 1km) – you can start anytime between 9.45am and 12.30pm.
  • School runners – your school will be allocated a dedicated start time. School start times will be confirmed in early May.

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 along the way. 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 Run 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 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 Run 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?

Children aged 11 years and under must be accompanied by a responsible adult around the 3 and 5 mile courses.

All children taking part in the Mini Run must be accompanied by an adult. A free Accompanying Adult run number is included with all Mini Run child entries.

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?

We love to welcome spectators to the Children’s Cancer Run and we have plenty of viewing points near to the start areas and along the finish straight.

Will I get a t-shirt for running?

All child entries will receive a Children’s Cancer Run t-shirt within their entry fee. 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?

General runners – your run pack will arrive with you through the post in April or early May depending on when you register.

School runners – your run packs will be sent out via your school in early May.

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.

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 where the courses splits and you can choose to run 3 or 5 miles.

Where can Blue Badge Holders park?

Please make your way through either the West Gate or East Gate entrance to the racecourse and inform an Event Steward 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 Run you will receive one Accompanying Adult strip in with their run entry. If there are additional adults running the Mini Run, 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.

Should I buy a family entry?

A family entry costs £40 online and is for a family of up to 2 adults and 3 children  (children are classed as anyone 16 years old or younger).

Please note, if one of your children is running the Mini Run (approx. 1km), then you will get a free adult place and must accompany them on this course. However, for the main route (3 or 5 miles), adults must pay to enter.

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