City Scramble Christmas
This is your chance to go DASHING THROUGH THE SNOW(less) streets in a festive frenzy to find a secret, seasonal finish line! With 5K or 10K route options in 19 different cities, including three central London options, YULE be able to choose a location close to home and refresh your running.
Live, on Saturday 12 December, North Pole HQ will issue your clues by text and email to set you off to follow a Christmas star along our designed routes - maps (but no sleighs) provided. You'll pass by some of the most seasonal sights of your city, with regular spots to seek out letters or words from special clues. Your clues will form an anagram that you'll solve to reveal a location close by that you must reach to finish. But wait, there's MYRRH! Get a posed festive (s)ELFie and your Christmas miracle is complete. You're sparkling souvenir medal will follow in the post one week later.
Perfect as a socially distanced activity with a run buddy - City Scramble Christmas Edition is THE Christmas Party solution for 2020! With numbers limited on each course to ensure no noticeable extra presence of runners on the streets, you'll need to get booked in before THERES SNOW ROOM AT THE INN.
And yes, OF COURSE fancy dress is encouraged. DEER OH DEER.
The UK towns and cities where we have 5K and 10K route options:
Edinburgh, Newcastle, Birmingham, Glasgow, Norwich, Bristol, Guidlford, Cambridge, London City, London South, Swindon, Chelmsford, London West End, Windsor, Coventry, Manchester, York
NHS Test and Trace will be in operation at this event. Participants will be required to complete a health declaration prior to arrival and to check-in where possible using the NHS COVID-19 app (available to download in advance for iOS or Android). Any information obtained will be held for 21 days after the event only and will not be used for any other purpose. Participants may not be permitted on site if they fail to follow this process, the full requirements for which will be communicated to all pre-registered participants in the week prior to the event.
One-way navigation and social distancing signage will be present on site to facilitate adherence to official guidance. Queue markers must be observed at all times and sanitisation stations used as frequently as necessary.
Unless there have been any changes following communication of the final pre-event information, there will be no event briefing on the day. Participants should read the communication thoroughly to familiarise themselves with the event details.
Participants will start individually at 10-15 second intervals to maintain social distancing with a recommended 15-30 minute arrival window allocated and communicated prior to the event. Participants from the same household/bubble will be permitted to start together and should arrive/start at the later of any times communicated to these participants prior to the event. Whilst running, participants should only overtake when there is enough room (at least 1m) to do so.
Once finished, participants should continue moving and follow signage and steward directions to keep the area clear for other finishers. Any post-event rewards (medal, water etc.) will be self-service (following hand-sanitisation) to ensure there is no contact amongst staff and participants.
Participants are asked to review the UKA Participant Code of Conduct prior to their arrival.
What to expect at events that go ahead:
Small and scheduled staggered/rolling wave starts
Contact-free registration with race pack by mail.
Simplified bag drop measures where available
Covid-secure water stations although self-sufficiency is advised Safe pick-up for medals and snacks
Bookable time windows from getting there to going home to control capacity.
The UK towns and cities where we have 5K and 10K route options - please make sure you select an option when you make your booking:
London West End
City Scramble Christmas is supporting Shelter, who help millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through their advice, support, and legal services. Shelter campaign to make sure that, one day, no one will have to turn to them for help.
With a 5K or 10K route available in each of the City Scramble Christmas locations, each route has a strictly limited number of places. You can start any time between 09:00 and 12:00 on Saturday 12 December, you'll be running solo, with people you live with or socially distanced with a running buddy.
You'll get your clues by text message at 09:00 on the morning of the event. Your circular route will have between 6-10 clue spots, followed by a final finish location. Finish by 13:00.
Time your run using a watch or mobile app to get your result on the official results page and to get your City Scramble Christmas medal in the post.
Share your progress throughout your run using #CityScrambleChristmas and text North Pole HQ if you need a hand to be sure of your next move.
City Scramble Christmas is a carefully planned concept to allow runners to be part of an organised event whilst maintaining all of the social distancing and safety measures you’d take on a regular solo run. If you have any questions, check out the details and FAQs here first and if there's anything missing, get in touch. Please be patient - most of our team are still furloughed.
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