YouCan Run! 2017
Leeds Castle, Kent
1st October 2017
Entry is £15 per adult, £10 per child (under 18)
Includes t-shirt and commemorative Medal and FREE entry to Leeds Castle for the day!
Your runners number will be sent out in the post in plenty of time for the race and your run t-shirt will be available to be collected on the day prior to the start
YouCan offers support to young people, aged between 10 & 30, throughout the South East whose lives have been impacted by cancer. YouCan runs Wellbeing & Activity Weekends, offers complemetary therapies, counselling, nutrition and exercise workshops and short breaks by the sea.
We are not specifying any minimum fundraising to be a part of the YouCan Run but if you are able to raise a few pounds in sponsorship then that would be amazing and make such a difference to the work that we do! You can create a fundraising page on www.Justgiving.com if you prefer to fundraise on-line (it's free for fundraisers to use and very easy)
If you are on Facebook you can like our page www.facebook.com/youcansupport for updates of the charity, and our YouCan Run event page here - https://www.facebook.com/events/194553834354799/
Where is Leeds Castle and how do I find the YouCan Run?
You’ll find Leeds Castle located just off Junction 8 of the M20 – follow the brown and white tourist signs from the motorway.
If you’re using a sat nav then use ME17 1RG.
When you get to the castle, ignore the main entrance …drive straight past it (it should be on your left) and head up the hill and away from the entrance. After a few hundred yards take the first turning on your left into Burberry Lane. After another hundred yards or so turn into a gate on your left (with a YouCan Run banner). This is the car park for the YouCan Run and marshals will direct you to the start/registration point.
What time does it start and when do I need to be there?
If you’re taking part in the 10km event then this starts at 9am. We suggest you arrive by 8.30am at the latest so that you have time to collect your t-shirt, take part in the warm-up, get some water and be ready to set off at 9am.
If you’re taking part in the 5km event then this starts at 9.30am. We suggest you arrive by 9am at the latest so that you have time to collect your t-shirt, take part in the warm-up, get some water and be ready to set off at 9.30am.
If you, or any of your group, need to register on the day then please get there a little earlier. The car park will be open and marshalled from 8am.
What facilities will be on site?
Toilets – male and female right by the start/finish.
Refreshments – soft drinks and snacks will be available to purchase. Water for runners is provided at the start, halfway point of the 10km route and at the finish.
First Aid – will be available for the duration of the event. This will be clearly sited and you should seek advice/support if you are feeling unwell at any point during the event.
T-Shirt Station – for collecting your run t-shirts. You will find safety pins galore here for attaching your running number to your t-shirt.
Registration Tent – if you haven’t already registered then here’s where to do it.
Do I need to register before the start?
Not if you have already received a confirmation of entry form us and you have your runners number. You simply need to go and collect your t-shirt from the T-Shirt Station (you’ll find safety pins here too if you need them for attaching your runner number)
If you haven’t pre-entered then you will need to go to the registration area to pay your entry fee (£15 for adults, £10 for children under 18). You will then receive a running number and voucher to collect a t-shirt. Please note that we cannot guarantee that a t-shirt will be available to people who enter on the day (we will produce enough t-shirts for registered runners with a few spare for late entrants).
What is included in my entry fee?
Every runner will receive a special YouCan T-shirt. The sizes we have available are S, M, L, XL.
A commemorative medal for every participant to acknowledge your fantastic achievement and to thank you for being a part of the run.
Free entry to Leeds Castle for every runner. A lovely gift from our hosts that will allow you to spend the afternoon exploring more of the beautiful Leeds Castle. After the run simply present your running number at the ticket office. Why not take a few hours to relax, enjoy a picnic (or try the fabulous café/restaurant in the grounds) and reflect on your morning’s run? Any supporters/family/friends you have brought with you are, of course, welcome to explore Leeds Castle too but they will have to pay standard entry.
A great run experience! We hope that by entering you will simply just enjoy the experience of running in this stunning location. The castle provides a distracting backdrop for much of the run and the course itself winds through both the public and private parts of the estate. It’s not a bad background for a selfie when you’re finished either … great view from the event site!
Is there an age limit?
No – anyone is welcome to be a part of the event, whatever age they are. They only thing we need is parent/guardian permission for anyone under the age of 18 and, of course, we would expect parents of younger children to run/walk with them and make sure they are okay.
Do I have to run or could I walk the route?
We don’t mind if you run it, walk it or do it on a spacehopper (as long as you can do it safely and without harming you or anyone else of course!). We just want you to be a part of it.
What’s the course like?
The course itself is 5km long (the 10km runners will do a double circuit of the course) and you will run on grass and on hard surface pathways. The grass parts of the route are all kept mown and are very clear to follow.
There are a few inclines on the route, and a couple of slightly steeper parts (but these are not particularly long).
The course runs around the private parts of the estate and the public access areas. It is easy to follow and you will find signs and marshals at key points so that you can’t get lost.
We will do a recce of the course early on the morning of the event and will let runners know before the start of any specific hazards we identify. If we happen to find that an army of rabbits has dug a huge hole somewhere on the course you would find this clearly marked by hazard signage when you’re running – we will do our best to keep the course as safe as possible for runners!
Do I have to raise sponsorship?
We would love it if you could but we haven’t set any minimum fundraising targets. If you could raise even a few pounds then you would really be helping us make a difference to young people whose lives have been impacted by cancer.
We include some fundraising tips and a sponsor form in our confirmation pack so please take a look at these and see how easy it could be.
Do you have any advice about training?
There are lots of different options available and, thanks to the worldwide web, they are easily available. Take a look around and find one that appeals to you and suits your aims and current levels of fitness.
Can I bring my dog?
We’re really sorry – but dogs are not allowed on the estate
Is there somewhere that I can leave my bag/belongings?
The best place to leave your bags etc is in your car or with a friend that has come along to support you. But we will have an area where you can leave a bag that will be manned by a member of the event team – you will be given a ticket in return for your bag that you can use to reclaim your belongings at the end of the race. Whilst this area will be manned for the duration of the event you should understand that you use this facility at your own risk and we cannot be held responsible for any loss that may occur.
Is there water available?
Yes. There will be water stations situated at the start/finish of the course which is also halfway for the 10km runners.
What should I wear?
A good pair of running shoes/trainers are essential and you should wear whatever is comfortable for you to run in. Please be mindful of the weather conditions and bring appropriate clothing. You will be provided with an event t-shirt to wear (this is not obligatory if you prefer to wear technical running vest).
What do I do with my running number?
Attach your running number to the front of your t-shirt/vest so that it is clearly visible. We will have safety pins available at the T-Shirt Station if you forget to bring some with you.
Is there a warm-up?
Yes. Approx 15 minutes before the start of both races we will have a fitness professional to lead you in an appropriate warm up routine to get you ready for the races.
Are there any prizes?
Yes. We will be giving prizes to the winners of the races – 1st, 2nd and 3rd. In addition there may be extra prizes awarded to first lady/man (if not one of the overall winners), first junior (if not one of the overall winners) and spot ‘fun’ prizes.
Will the race be timed?
There will be a clock that we will start at the beginning of the first race to give runners some idea of their time but if you are a serious runner we suggest that you mark your own time. In the future we may look at chip timing.
What happens after the race finishes?
You will be handed your commemorative medal when you finish – with our thanks for taking part.
After that please take some time to cool down gently and recover. There will be water available at the finish.
Prizes will be given out approx. 20 minutes after the first runners have finished each race.
The car park will remain open until approx. two hours after the last competitor has finished. So if you’re planning on spending a few hours looking around the castle and grounds then it will probably be a good idea to move your car down to the main castle car park; the parking is free.
How can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Please feel free to contact Sarah Marsh on - Sarah@you-can.org.uk
Or give us a call - 01732 844874