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City Scramble London City Scramble London

City Scramble London

London, Greater London

H.Q.S. Wellington, Victoria Embankment, London WC2R 2PN, UK

Mon 30th August 2021

Starting at 09:00

2 races



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 Race Organiser has provided covid-19 safety information for this event.

Organiser's Description



The summer 2021 edition of City Scramble London is now open for entries!


Put excitement and energy back into your run with a live chase in central London, collecting clues to reveal a secret finish location to grab a medal and a glory photo.


Take the recommended route following our maps to run approximately 5K or 10K, or take your own scenic route. Once you've unscrambled the finish location, get yourself there and take a selfie for proof.


Both routes take in some of central London's most Instagrammable spots: route reveal on Monday 16 August 2021! With a strictly limited number of places allocated to start between 9am-1pm, you can run solo or take it on as a group of running mates.


You'll receive your clues by SMS at 9.00am on the morning of Monday 30 August. Your circular route will have 8 clue spots, followed by a final finish location. At the finish line, you'll be greeted by our rewards team who will award your medal, give you water and get your solo or group glory shots with our special victory backdrop.


Everyone must finish by 1.00pm! Time your run using a watch or mobile app to get your result on the official results page. Submit by 6.00pm on race day and watch out for the full results sent to everyone by email after the deadline.


Share your progress throughout your run using #CityScramble and message City Scramble HQ if you need a hand to be sure of your next move. If you have any questions, check out the details and FAQs here first and if there's anything missing, get in touch.


Tell me more! Answers to all of the Frequently Asked Questions


Is this an organised event with a mass start like typical events from The Race Organiser?


This event has been planned with all public health guidance in mind, but in response to many runners who have been in touch with us to see if there are ways we can help motivate and inspire their running during COVID-19 restrictions. 


City Scramble requires all runners to observe all physical distancing rules and health advice whilst participating, with no timed start, finish, or requirement to gather anywhere on run routes. Participant numbers are strictly limited to ensure no noticeable presence of additional runners on the streets nor at the secret finish points.


Where do we run?


Our 5K and 10K routes will be published on Monday 16 August 2021 and each has a set of clue spots that you must connect with your run. 


With our recommended routes, we’ve determined the shortest and fastest path between the clue spots and the start and finish are set to ensure every runner completes a loop (and so that your secret finish point isn't too far away).


On the streets, routes will be unmarked - without signage or marshals - you should ensure you are able to access your route map throughout your run.

You can take a scenic route going any way you like, as long as you hit all of the clue spots and complete a loop between the start and finish, before reaching the secret finish point. 


Routes that do not include all clue spots and the secret finish point will not be eligible for the official results board.


Who can we run with?


Run solo, or with others, please just follow current guidance on social distancing.


When do we start?


You can start any time from 9:00am on the race day but must complete your route before 1.00pm. You can submit your run to the results platform once you've returned home and recovered. Submit any time until 6:00pm on the day.

Details of how to submit your result will be provided in your pre-race email on Friday 17 August.


When do we get the clues?


Clues will be sent by SMS to your phone at 9:00am on race day. You will need a smartphone to view them. The City Scramble team will be available to help if you are struggling to find any of the locations or clues on the day, and details of how you can communicate with us will also be included in your final instructions email. Each clue will only be solvable by reaching the clue spot. 


When do we get the medal?


Medals will be posted out shortly after the event to the address you provide during registration.



  • 10k


    Mon 30th August 2021

  • 5k


    Mon 30th August 2021



  • 10k


    Mon 30th August 2021

  • 5k


    Mon 30th August 2021



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