RBC Race for the Kids 2022 FAQs

Find answers to frequently asked questions about RBC Race For The Kids.

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Questions

Event Information

Race pack and t-shirt Information

Fundraising Information

Covid-19 Information

Answers

Event Information

What is RBC Race for the Kids?

RBC Race for the Kids is GOSH Charity's annual flagship mass participation event which raises money for GOSH. For the past two years, RBC Race for the Kids has been held in a virtual capacity due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but this year we are very excited to be back in London’s Hyde Park on Saturday 8 October. It is a 5k family fun run which will see thousands of people of all abilities walk, wheel, jog or run their way to the finish line to raise money and help to make a difference to the lives of seriously ill children from across the UK.

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How long is the course?

The course is five kilometres, which is approximately 3 miles. Participants can walk, run, jog, wheel or push a pushchair around the course whilst they take in views of London's iconic Hyde Park.

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Can we enter as a team?

Yes, people can take part in teams or individually. Entering as a team is an exciting way of taking part, why not get some friendly competition going? Please make sure that all children are registered.

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Who can take part?

The event will see people of all ages and abilities take part from babies in pushchairs, grandparents and wheelchair racers, everyone is welcome to walk, run, scoot or wheel their way around the course. You need to be 16 or over to register as an individual or a team. Children aged 15 and under can only be added to a team by a registered adult and will require consent from a parent or guardian.

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How much does it cost?

Adult registration to the race is from £18 - £25 depending when you sign up and for children under 16 it is free , but ALL children must be registered in order to take part.

Included in your registration fee is your race pack (including t-shirt if requested), special RBC Race for the Kids wooden medal and all the fun entertainment and activities in the festival village. However, any donations for the activities are very welcome!

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Do I need to register my child?

Yes, even though kids go free, all children taking part in the event must be registered so we send them a t-shirt and race number, which is a health and safety requirement in order to take part in the event.

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Can I get a refund for my registration fee?

Registration fees are non-refundable.

If the event is delayed or cancelled due to any situation beyond our control, e.g. adverse weather conditions, we will try to arrange for the event to take place at a later date, but cannot guarantee this will happen. No registration fees are refundable under these circumstances.

If the event is cancelled by GOSH Charity due to concerns, or due to restrictions being imposed by the Government, regarding Covid-19 or its variants, which means the event is unable to take place as originally envisaged, we will try to arrange for the event to take place at a later date, but cannot guarantee this will happen. If we are unable to rearrange another date there are two options available for you:


1. Gift your registration fee – we would be incredibly grateful if you would consider your registration fee as a donation to GOSH Charity; or
2. Request a refund – if the above option does not work for you, we would offer the opportunity to request a refund of your registration fee.

If GOSH Charity are able to rearrange a date and you are unable to attend, the above two options are also available for you.

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What time does the race start?

Event village opens at 8.30am. Race starts at 10am with all the exciting entertainment until 2pm.

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Will the event still go ahead if the weather conditions are bad?

Come rain or shine, this year's RBC Race for the Kids will still be taking place! We will ensure it is as accessible as possible to all and take all necessary steps to ensure it is as safe and enjoyable - whatever the weather. Please do dress appropriately; wearing layers under your race t-shirts if you think you'll be cold. Water taps will be provided to fill up your water bottles, as well as first aiders along the route to ensure the race is safe, accessible and enjoyable for all.

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Can we bring our pet dogs?

Yes, your pet pooches are very welcome to come along to the event!

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What is the wheelchair and pushchair access?

The route has been specially designed to be accessible to all and will take you through London’s iconic Hyde Park on its paved pathways. Please note that some of the post-race entertainment will take place on the grass areas of the park.

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Are there any activities on the day?

There will be plenty of free family friendly activities and entertainment on the day! Keep an eye out for our updates and what fun activities will be available.

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Will there be refreshments?

Refreshments will be available throughout the day on the event site. Water will also be provided along the route and at the finish line.

Want to be more environmentally friendly? All water on the route and at the finish line is provided in either cups or cans, to avoid single-use plastic. But you can also play a part by bringing your own refillable water bottles. There will be water points within the festival village where you can refill your bottles.

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Will there be first aid?

Yes, there will be first aiders including paramedics as well as security staff and water will also be provided on the day. The event is designed to be fun and open to all abilities, so we encourage people to stay at their own pace and enjoy the day. We also ask runners to provide emergency contact details for family and friends in case of an emergency on the back of their running number and that all children have a wristband (provided in race pack) with parent/guardian contact details.

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Will there be changing or baggage facilities?

We will be providing baggage storage for our participants in festival village, which will be available for a small donation. Please note, that all items are left at the owner’s own risk.

There are no changing facilities so please come ready to race!

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Can children bring their bikes?

No, bikes are unfortunately not allowed but scooters / balance bikes are fine provided they are accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times. Any bikes that are needed for accessibility are also fine.

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What are you doing to make the event more environmentally friendly?

We are trying to make this year’s RBC Race for the Kids event our greenest one yet and are introducing various changes to help us achieve this.

When crossing the finish line, participants will be rewarded with wooden medals which have been sourced sustainably and can be recycled afterwards. We have no plastic bottles on site and will be encouraging people to bring refillable water bottles and to use the water bowsers on site.

To prevent unnecessary waste, we will not be printing any event information, which will all be sent to participants electronically instead. We’re also not going to be handing out physical goody bags at the end of the race, with participants receiving virtual goody bags instead.

Our delivery partners, LimeLight Sports, have also committed to making the event as green as possible, through reducing emissions, reducing the requirement for generator power, improving waste management systems, working with caterers to ensure they are not offering single use plastic and looking at more vegetarian/vegan food options, using more environmentally friendly materials in event branding and ensuring that all third-party suppliers have equally high environmental policies in place.

For more information about what we are doing to make the event the greenest one yet, please email us at raceforthekids@gosh.org.

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Do I get a medal?

Yes, as you cross the finish line you’ll be given a wooden medal.

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Race pack and t-shirt Information

When do I get my t-shirt and race pack?

You should receive your race pack approximately 1 – 2 weeks ahead of the event (depending on when you sign up). If you have requested a t-shirt, it will be included in your race pack along with your race number, safety pins and a wristband for any children. Please note, that children under the age of three will not receive a t-shirt.

Please note if you registered on or after 29th September you will need to collect your race pack on the day from the race pack collection tent.

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Can I get an official RBC Race for the Kids t-shirt?

To prevent waste for this year’s event, an official RBC Race for the Kids t-shirt will not automatically be included in your race entry packs. For anyone who has taken part in RBC Race for the Kids before, we would love to see as many people as possible re-using their old t-shirts, however you can still request a new t-shirt for this year’s event if you would like one.

If you have already registered and did not request a t-shirt, but have changed your mind, please email raceforthekids@gosh.org

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Can I wear my company or sponsor's t-shirt?

Yes. You might find that you'll be able to raise a lot more money if you wear your company's t-shirt or even fancy dress. If it helps to raise more funds, and if it's safe to run in it then please feel free.

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My t-shirt doesn't fit, can I change the size?

If you would like to change your t-shirt size, please bring your unworn t-shirt to the race pack collection tent on the morning of the event where we will exchange it for a different size. Please note that the race pack collection tent will be very busy on event day so please allow extra time to do this.

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Will my child receive a t-shirt?

Our children's t-shirt sizes start at age 3-4 years old. Children under 3 will therefore not receive a t-shirt. All children over 3 years old will receive a t-shirt provided you requested one at the point of registration.

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My race pack hasn't arrived

If you were expecting to receive a race pack in the post and it has not yet arrived, please email us at raceforthekids@gosh.org. Depending on when you registered we will either get another sent out to you or we will arrange a new pack for you to collect on the day.

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Fundraising Information

Do I have to fundraise?

We do not set any minimum fundraising targets but we would love you to fundraise to help us to make a difference to the lives of seriously ill children from across the UK. Your registration fee contributes towards the cost of holding the event but by fundraising on top, you will help us to support the hospital’s most urgent needs. These include funding pioneering new treatments and research, providing cutting-edge equipment and supporting the rebuilding the hospital to provide state-of-the-art facilities to match the hospital’s world-class care. This money will make a vital difference to children from across the UK who are suffering from the rarest, most complex and often life-threatening conditions.

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How much is it expected to raise and where will the money go?

In 2019 the race raised an incredible £1,000,000 and this year we hope to beat that target. The money raised will help fund the hospital’s most urgent needs, which include the essential rebuilding of the hospital, which will see state of the art facilities replace outdated wards. Patients and families will also have more privacy and comfort including a bed for a parent to stay next to their child whilst they are in hospital.

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Covid-19 Information

Is it safe for this event to be going ahead in person again, what Covid-19 safety measures have you implemented?

The health, safety and wellbeing of the hospital’s patients and their families, as well as our supporters, staff and volunteers is our top priority and throughout the pandemic we have followed all Covid-19 guidance set by the government to help keep everyone safe. At present (15/03/22), mass participation events, like RBC Race for the Kids, are able to go ahead and there are no mandatory government restrictions affecting this event in place. Please do check gov.uk/coronavirus for more information.

In line with Covid-19 guidance and due to the fact this event is taking place outside where there is significantly less risk of transmission, we won’t be enforcing social distancing measures or asking people to wear face masks.

Our delivery partner, LimeLight Sports have delivered a huge number of Covid-19 secure campaigns and events over the last 18 months. You can see the clients they work with and get an indication of the events they deliver here.

We will continue to follow all government guidance in relation to Covid-19, keeping the health and safety of all involved at the heart of our decisions. If RBC Race for the Kids needs to be cancelled due to Covid-19, everyone will be offered a full refund, or the chance to donate their registration fee to GOSH Charity. You will also be able to transfer your fee to a rescheduled date.

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What if I have Covid-19 on the day of the event?

If, on the date of the event you are: displaying symptoms of Covid-19; and/or are in possession of a positive Covid-19 test or other test; and/or you are self-isolating/been asked to isolate by NHS Test and Trace, we ask that you do not attend the event and gift your registration fee as per the T&Cs of the event.

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What is your cancellation policy with regards to Covid-19?

If the Event is cancelled by GOSH Charity due to concerns, or due to restrictions being imposed by the Government, regarding Covid-19 or its variants, which means the event is unable to take place as originally envisaged, we will try to arrange for the event to take place at a later date, but cannot guarantee this will happen. If we are unable to rearrange another date there are two options available for you:


1. Gift your registration fee – we would be incredibly grateful if you would consider your registration fee as a donation to GOSH Charity; or
2. Request a refund – if the above option does not work for you, we would offer the opportunity to request a refund of your registration fee.

If GOSH Charity are able to rearrange a date and you are unable to attend, the above two options are also available for you.

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