RBC Race for the Kids: everything you need to know

21 Sep 2023, 5:09 p.m.

A crowd of children playing with big bubbles in the sky at Hyde Park

It’s almost here! GOSH Charity’s annual 5k fun run, RBC Race for the Kids, is back in London’s Hyde Park on 7 October. Here’s everything you need to know to make it a family day out to remember.

On your marks...

First things first – ensure you’re registered to attend! RBC Race for the Kids is a fun and accessible event for all ages and abilities, so your whole gang can get involved. Participants are encouraged to join the race their way, whether you walk, jog, wheel or scoot, and four-legged friends are welcome. What’s more, children go free! Click here to sign up and receive your race pack in the post, including a special t-shirt so you can get around the course in style.

Get set...

Autumn is a magical time to explore Hyde Park, with the leaves changing colour and (hopefully) mild weather before winter sets in. Make it a magical day for you and your family by coming prepared. Unless the forecast shows extreme weather conditions, the event will take place rain or shine, so dress appropriately! Pop a layer under your race day t-shirt if you think you’ll be cold, grab a hat if it looks like the sun will make an appearance, and bring along a reusable water bottle to fill up on the day. Don’t forget you can also bring pushchairs, wheelchairs and scooters.

Two children wearing RBC Race for the Kids t-shirts watching a Butlins performance in Hyde Park

Children watching a performance at last year's RBC Race for the Kids.

Go! Join the race to help beat childhood cancer

The money raised from RBC Race for the Kids 2023 will go towards a new, world-leading Children’s Cancer Centre at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Designed with the needs of children and their families at its heart, it will be a gateway for children to go on to better futures, where they not only survive, but flourish.

When you register, a Funraisin’ page will be set up for you automatically, and you’re encouraged to raise as much as you can for this important cause while enjoying the fresh air and having fun. Need some fundraising help or tips? Check out the advice on this page to help reach your target.

Festival fun

The event isn’t all about the race. Once you’ve made your way around the scenic 5k route (and collected your medal at the finish line!) make your way to the festival village. You’ll find everything from live entertainment to arts and crafts, face painting, crazy golf, bungee trampolines, a circus workshop and a climbing wall. And, of course, there will be food and drink available to keep you fed and hydrated among all the action.

The event village opens at 8.30am with entertainment until 2pm. The race itself starts at 10am.

A group of young people in costume jumping in the air at Hyde Park

Spirit Young Performers Company enjoying the atmosphere at last year's RBC Race for Kids.

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