FAQ's

Read below for answers to any questions you may have about the event!

How fit do I have to be? Do I have to run?

The vast majority of people entering will not be serious runners. Please don’t worry, there will be plenty of people to keep you company. The HEROES RUN is all about taking part so if you run, jog, walk or crawl, we really don’t mind. The important thing is that you’re there with us on the day and helping us to fundraise.

When should I enter?

As early as possible as there are limited places for all the adults 5K/10K and Kids 500m dashes combined. We would like enough time to safely send you your race pack which should ideally and depending when you sign up, arrive in the week ahead of race day.

Is there an age limit?

There is no maximum age limit for the 5K and 10K - the present record stands at 87! The minimum ages for these events are:

HEROES RUN 5K 13+
HEROES RUN 10K 16+

Please note that under 16s must be entered by a parent or guardian. Mini Heroes under 8 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who will be responsible for that child for the duration of the event. Mini Heroes 8+ can run unaccompanied.

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What are the event timings?

Kids 500m Dash - 10am
Youth Mile - 10:15am
Adults 5K and 10K - 10:40am
Please arrive in good time - at least 30 minutes before the start of your event.

What happens if I lose my child who is running the Kids 500 metre dash?

We will send entrants child repatriation wrist bands, for the adult and child to wear, so children can only be repatriated to the adult with the corresponding mobile number on their wristband.

In the event of a child being found without parents, staff are briefed to stay with the child in the same place for a maximum of 10 minutes and to report the child to the Information tent manager via 2 way radio. If parents cannot be found after that time, the child will be taken to the Information tent.

If a child is reported lost then all stewards with a radio will be notified and a team will be sent out to search the area.

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Ill or injured?

You should not run if ill or injured for your own safety. You cannot give your number to someone else in your place. This is for insurance reasons.

I can't take part. Can I get a refund?

Sorry, but we cannot give refunds. From the moment we start to organise the HEROES RUN, we start to incur costs and your entry fee is invested into the cost of staging the event – barriers, toilets, numbers, insurance, medals, cups, water etc.

Can someone else run instead of me?

No. They can’t for health & safety and insurance reasons. We need to know exactly who you are via your number in case of an emergency.

What time should I arrive at the venue?

We advise you arrive at least an hour before the start of the HEROES RUN (30 minutes at the latest). This will leave you more than enough time to get parked up, put your bag into the baggage reclaim, fill out a child repatriation wristband at the Info tent if you and your child require one and also enough time to use the loos and take in the unique HEROIC atmosphere.

Can I run with my friends?

Feel free. There is one race start so you can line up with your friends and go around together.

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I am a wheelchair user can I take part?

Yes, the route is wheelchair accessible so please join us!

Can I bring a buggy or a pushchair?

Yes, it would be great to have you taking part in our event but we would ask that you please start at the back of the field so as not to run over any other HEROES feet. The Hulk is not nearly as tough as he likes to make out.

Can I run with my dog?

Yes! Furry friends are welcome at the HEROES RUN, plus we have a prize for best dressed dog.

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What do I wear?

Comfortable clothing and footwear is important. If you intend to jog or run, we recommend you wear footwear designed for that purpose, otherwise you risk injury. Please note – no skateboarding, rollerblading, cycling, inline skating, dog sledding, etc will be allowed on the course for health and safety reasons.

Do I need extra water?

Over the years of the HEROES RUN we have had some scorchers and whatever the air temperature is outside, in a lycra suit you can add at least 20 degrees. There is a water station provided on the course but if you are happy to carry a water bottle with you it would be a great idea.

How do I get to the event?

The HEROES RUN is on Brighton and Hove seafront next to The Lawns Cafe (BN3 2FR). It’s about a half an hour walk from Brighton station.

Are there toilets and changing facilities?

We know how uncomfortable and awkward running as a HERO can be when you really need the loo, especially if you also have mini Heroes to look after, so don't worry there will be portaloos on the day. Unfortunately, there are no changing facilities at the site so we recommend arriving at the event in your sports kit or HERO outfit.

Do you need events volunteers?

Yes please! Get in touch at [email protected] if you're keen to help out.

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Is there anything else I can do to be more HEROIC?

There are a lot of things you can do to support us.

  • Can you bring some friends with you to the HEROES RUN?
  • Can you or any of your friends fundraise for us at the HEROES RUN?
  • Can you run a marathon? Run a half marathon? Volunteer at one of our other events? Or could you put on your own fundraising event? If you want to discuss this or anything else charity related please get in touch with us.

Thanks for being a HERO and see you on the day.

Love, the RISE team.