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

Will I receive a running number?

You will receive a running number prior to the event. Please take extra care not to lose this as we will not be able to hand out more on the day of the event. If you have any problems before the event please send us an email at [email protected]

I now find that I can’t run on the day, what shall I do?

Please let us know as soon as you know. We can probably use your place for the ‘waiting list’.

Is there an age limit?

Runners must be aged 15 or over.

Can I walk the route?

We welcome speed walkers.... we will be starting to dismantle everything from 12.30pm – hopefully you’ll be back by then.

What about COVID-19?

As it currently stands, RISE is working towards putting on a successful 8K Undercliff Run for Women alongside the iconic white cliffs between Saltdean and Brighton Marina. This event is one of the most popular fixtures in Sussex’s race calendar and has been the cornerstone of our fundraising for the last twelve years!

Please be assured we will be closely monitoring Government, World Health Organization and Brighton & Hove City Council guidance every step of the way, to ensure that the event is safe for everyone involved.

We recognise that this is a rapidly evolving situation and we don’t know what the future will hold. To that effect, we would like to assure you that in the event we have to cancel due to Covid-19 restrictions:

  • We will offer the 8K as a virtual event – more information below
  • You will get a £10 refund on your entry fee - This is only applicable if you paid full price for your entry

What is a virtual event?

You will be invited to run your 8km between Sunday 11th October and Sunday 18th October anywhere you like. You can use an app such as Strava to map your distance so you know that you have covered your 8 kilometres.

You can either email us your race time or send us a screen shot of your run tracker app, and we will post your 8K Undercliff Run medal.

Will the event on the 11th October be the same as it usually is?

In a word, no! We are currently working on an event plan to ensure that we can implement social distancing recommendations and other measures to make the event Covid Safe. This is likely to include the following changes, but we will communicate with you every step of the way so you know what to expect.

  • Removing as many touch points as possible, such as the inflatable start and finish gantry, on site catering and bag drop marquee
  • Having a pulsed start, so runners line up and start in small groups every 10 seconds
  • Ensuring runners wear face masks at the start and end of the event
  • Supplying appropriate PPE for staff and volunteers
  • Asking participants to bring their own water for during the run, with one small bottle of water provided at the finish
  • Removing the warm up and post event celebrations (this can be done once you get home!)

Whilst we recognise that these factors may change the dynamic of the event, we do need to ensure that your safety is prioritised. And we are determined to do everything we can to make sure the 13th annual 8K Undercliff Run for Women DOES go ahead along the white cliffs, raising money to support survivors of domestic abuse!

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Can I run with my dog?

The venue and route is open to the public, and as such, even if your dog is very used to running with you – the potential dog distractions and delights make this an unsafe route for runners with dogs.

You can run with a buggy – we ask that you start at the back of the pack!

Can I enter on the day?

Due to Coronavirus we cannot accept any entries on the day of the event.

What time does the 8K start?

There will be no warm-up this year and so the earliest race start time will be 10am however we are working to organise a staggered start to reduce crowding. Please do not arrive before 9:15am or 45 minutes before your allocated start time. We will give further information on this as we get closer to the event.

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Yes, special 8K medals are for all – make sure you get one.

Are there toilets on route?

There are portaloos at the start, public toilets at the top of the beach opp the junction of Saltdean Park Road, and at Rottingdean (c1KM) and Ovingdean (c2&6 KM)

In line with government guidelines about Covid-19 there will be extra toilet facilities that will have extra cleaning.

Is there a baggage drop?

Unfortunately this year we are unable to offer a baggage drop in order to keep the event Covid-19 safe. Our suggestion is to run with a small backpack or leave any unessential items in a car which can be parked close by.

I’m coming along by bicycle, is there somewhere where I can lock it up?

Yes, we will have socially distanced bike parking and there is also a bike rack available to use by Saltdean Lido.

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Will there be drinks stations?

We are unable to have drink stations this year due to Coronavirus guidelines. Please bring enough water to keep yourself hydrated during the race. Every finisher will be given one water bottle at the end of the race.

Can we park near the start?

There is lots of available parking; there are free car parks in Saltdean Park Road, on the north side of the A259 (turning down beside the Lido).  There is safe access to the beach/start via an underpass by the Lido, 10 min walk to the Start.

Do I have to raise money for RISE?

We ask that you raise, or donate just £20. The registration fee only pays for the event, donations and sponsorship directly go to help support some of our most vulnerable people in our community.

Many people add their donation as they register – whilst others use the page that Race Nation automatically makes when you sign-up. For more information see our fundraising page.

Thank you in anticipation for your support.

What facilities are there at the start and end of the race?

We are unfortunately unable to have any catering services at this years event in order to stay within government guidelines. However, White Cliff cafe should be open. (Please check on their website). We will also have to ask runners to leave within 30 minutes of collecting their medal in order to adhere to social distancing rules.

Can family and friends come and cheer me on?

We understand that having the encouragement of family and friends during the race is massively important to a lot of runners. However, this year, we must discourage people from watching the event. We cannot block off the undercliff path and so if your family and friends do attend we ask that they respect social distancing rules. Please remain in groups no bigger than 6 people, households or support bubbles.

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Ill, injured or Covid-19 symptoms?

You should not run if ill or injured for your own safety. You cannot give your number to someone else in your place. If you are concerned that you may be experiencing Coronavirus symptoms please do not attend the event.

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. However, fancy dress is welcomed! Please note – no skateboarding, rollerblading, cycling, inline skating, dog sledding, etc will be allowed on the course for health and safety reasons.

Do you need events volunteers?

Yes please! Get in touch at [email protected] if you're interested.

Thanks so much for getting involved and we'll see you on the day.

Love, the RISE team.