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Here are the last few bits of information you need for run day

Your Essential Event Day Information

Online Entries have closed, can I still enter?


You can enter in person this weekend.

Head to our information tent at Gosforth Park Racecourse and you’ll find our team on site ready and raring to help you with sign ups.

We’ll be open 10am – 12 noon Saturday 18th May and from 9am on Sunday 19th May.

See you there!

How much does it cost on the day?

£10 for a child

£20 for an adult

£50 for a family of up to 5 (2 adults and up to 3 children)

Please go to the Event Information Point to purchase your run number from the On the Day Entries desk which is open between 9:00am and 12:00pm.


Medical Cover and Your Own Health

First Aiders will be in attendance on the day, based near the Finish line, with the ability to get to points along the run 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.

Please remember to bring your inhalers or other medication as needed.

The Start

You must wear your run number on the day. Please complete your details on the reverse of your number before you start the run. 

Keep to your specified start time detailed in your run pack or welcome email.

  • 3/5 mile route

All pre-registered 3/5 mile runners will be allocated start times from 9.30am to 12.30pm. Runners who register on the day will be given a start time when they register at the On the Day Entries desk.

  • Mini Run route

All Mini runners can start anytime between 9.45am and 12.30pm. Come along whenever suits you best!


The Course

We run whatever the weather and the course varies in terrain along roads, tracks and muddy paths through wooded areas. Please be prepared for cross country terrain.

This is not a timed race, it’s a fun run. Enjoy running with your friends and family and covering the distance you’ve chosen. There is no need to be a speed demon at the Children’s Cancer Run, but you can be if you want to.

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.

The Mini Run course joins the last section of the 3 and 5 mile course. Please be aware that once the course leaves the wooded area of Gosforth Park and 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.

Course Marshals are available at regular points along the way to help you if you require any assistance.

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.

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


The Finish

If you have paid for a run entry, once you cross the finish line remember to collect your 41st anniversary limited edition medal, your Greggs snack pack and a bottle of water, if you require it.

We are trying to reduce the amount of single use plastic we generate at our events so if you do not want a bottle of water just say “No thanks!” to our friendly Event Marshals at the Finish line. Recycling bins have been provided by event supporters, REMONDIS, for all recyclable waste so if you do take a bottle of water please dispose of it in one of these bins when you are finished with it to help us with our recycling mission.

A family reunion area is based in the Event Village near the Hits Radio Roadshow. Anyone getting separated from their family or group should meet there under the banner which correlates with the first letter of their surname (e.g. Master Roberts would meet under the Q-S banner for ‘R’).

After you have finished the run, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the entertainment on offer – there’s lots going on to get involved in including Hits Radio’s roadshow, a fun fair, activities from Northumbria Army and Police Cadets, Children’s Cancer North stalls, Rock Choir, Little Movers, a Supercars Showcase and much more.


Picking Up Your Run Packs

For anyone that registered after 6th May – including On the Day Entries – please head to the Pick Up Pack desk at the Event Information Point, which will be located towards the back of the car park opposite Brandling House and the Supercars Showcase. All Event Marshals will know where this is if you cannot find it so please just ask for directions if you need help locating it.


Information Point and 'Here to Help' Volunteers

‘Here to Help!’ Event Volunteers, in green t-shirts, will be available to assist all runners and spectators around the event site – please ask them for help in the first instance. Our volunteers will also have a supply of safety pins just in case you forget yours.

Alternatively, you can visit the Event Information Point located towards the back of the car park opposite Brandling House and the Supercars Showcase. Event signage will lead you to this area from the car parks and shuttle bus drop off point.


The Run - Your Logistics!

In order to help plan your day and get the most of of the event, here is some other key information 

There is nowhere to leave unattended baggage at the event. Please limit the amount of kit you bring with you and, where possible, leave all bags in your vehicle.

There are no changing facilities on site so please come dressed ready to run.

Bring appropriate clothing for afterwards. You may cool down quickly so a spare top is a good idea.

Bring a bottle of water with you to stay hydrated while you run. There is free water available to collect at the Finish Line once you have completed your run if you need it. There are no water stations on any of the courses.

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.

Don’t forget: your t-shirt! If you are a child you will receive your Children’s Cancer Run souvenir t-shirt BEFORE you run (in your run pack) so that you can wear it on the day. Any pre-purchased adult technical t-shirts will also have been posted out to you or be within your run pack that you collect on the day if you have ordered one.

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 Run but due to the terrain are advised not to take part along the 3 or 5 mile courses.

The family reunion area will be located in front of the Grandstand in the Event Village.  Please arrange to meet family and friends there under the banner which correlates with the first letter of their surname, (e.g. Sarah Brown would meet under the A-C banner for ‘B’). Banners have kindly been provided by ROSEN (UK) Ltd, proud supporters of the Children’s Cancer Run.

If you become separated this is also a great place to meet up.

There is also a LOST CHILDREN Point which is staffed appropriately and located in the Grandstand.

Spectators are very welcome on site. There is plenty of space to accommodate you and helps make for a great atmosphere. Please come along and cheer your family and friends over the finish line

Please Note: Any adult running with a child on the Mini Run is required to wear an ‘Accompanying Adult’ run number if they have not paid for an adult entry. Please do not collect a medal or Greggs snack pack if you are wearing an ‘Accompanying Adult’ run number.

We have listened to our runners and spectators and have introduced more, tasty food options to buy from local food vendors at the event this year. Join us in the Event Village for a coffee and snack or something more substantial.


What Else is On?

We have lots of entertainment going on throughout the day…

Warm ups provided by Primal Fitness (3&5 Mile) and  Little Movers (Mini Run)

Hits Radio Roadshow – come along and get your shout outs!

Kid’s Fairground rides

Army Climbing Wall

Racing Simulator

Supercars Showcase

Charity stalls and activities

Specialist coffee carts and delicious food stalls

Travelling to and from the Racecourse; Free shuttle service

Free Shuttle Service

For a car-free journey to the event this year, why not take advantage of some discounted travel on public transport, enabled by Children’s Cancer Run Transport Partners, Stagecoach North East?

Tyne & Wear Metro offer families free travel for up to 3 children aged 11 and under for each fare paying adult. If you take the metro to FOUR LANE ENDS you can then catch one of the CC1 Stagecoach North East Children’s Cancer Run FREE (for all) shuttle services between the metro station and Newcastle Racecourse (East Side).

The Stagecoach North East shuttle service stops along the way at Quorum Business Park, just off Benton Lane to collect runners and spectators using the PARK & RIDE car park located there.

This year, there is additional PARK & RIDE facility where you can catch the CC2 Stagecoach North East Children’s Cancer Run FREE (for all) shuttle service from Great Park The Sage to Newcastle Racecourse (West Side).


Parking On Site

There are two large car parking areas on site at the Children’s Cancer Run: Car Park A and Car Park B. If you are planning to park at Gosforth Park please check the details in your run pack about which car park you have been allocated a space in. Please stick to this car park to enable our Event Parking Team to get you parked up as quickly as possible.

During busier periods throughout the morning you may encounter a slight delay getting you parked up. This will likely be due to the large amount of runners coming to support the event so, although we appreciate that it’s never fun to be stuck in traffic, please remember that these fellow runners and spectators have all turned up to help raise money for children with cancer. Please follow the instructions given by our Event Parking Stewards at all times to help traffic flow into and out of Gosforth Park as promptly as possible.

Cycling to the Event

There are bike park facilities at the event which can be accessed from both the East and West Gates if you would like to cycle to the event. See the Site Map for location details. Please remember to bring a bike lock to keep your bike(s) secure.

School Runners - Where to go?

Once again we have lots of schools registered to run this year which is incredible – thank you!

If you are running with a group of teachers and friends from your school please head to the School Assembly Area which is situated between the Main 3/5 Mile Start line and the Event Information Point.

A-Z banners, provided by proud event supporters ROSEN (UK) Ltd, will be dotted around this large area so that schools can congregate in easy-to-find locations within the space. i.e. If you are a pupil at Kings Priory Primary School please head to the J-L banner (for ‘K’) and find a spot nearby to wait for your fellow school runners.

Furthermore, schools have been encouraged to create a school banner that they can hold up high to differentiate their running squad from those in another school group and to be easily seen by their school families. If you know your school has a banner look out for it within the location of the appropriate alphabetical flag banner location.

We’re all looking forward to an amazing day celebrating the 41st anniversary of the Children’s Cancer Run!

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