Ok, I want to take part, what is the next step?
Go to our registration page to sign up. Registration only costs £10 for the Fun Run, £20 for the Half Marathon and £30 for the Full (but you can make an additional donation if you're feeling flush). At the end of the sign up there's a wee button that will take you to Virgin Money Giving so you can set up a fundraising page.
Do I have to raise sponsorship?
No, it is not compulsory, but since you’re doing the hard part of completing the event, why not do the easy part of raising some money for charity? With a Virgin Money Giving page you can simply email your friends and family with a link to your page, where they can donate money online. No more going to door-to-door collecting errant 50pences, we will handle the collection of money automatically. It might say on your page that your money is going to ESCA even if you're raising for someone else. That's ok, its just because all the money comes to us first, where we collect the gift aid, bundle it all up into big lovely cheques that we send out to the charities, along with a little list of who raised what so that they can send you thank-you letters.
Can I raise money for whomever I like?
Of course! Just contact whichever charity you’re interested in representing and they’ll send you a sponsorship pack. If you’re looking for a cause to support, check out our For Charity page. These are very worthwhile charities dealing with a wide variety of issues on a local, national, and international level. The only stipulation we have is that your cause is a bona-fide charity (i.e. has a charity number) because ESCA cannot give money to individuals. If you're raising for a trip abroad with EGP or First Aid Africa we can't give you the money raised but we can give it to the charity you're going with and they'll count it towards your total (so you get gift aid added to it - bonus!). If you have any questions just email firstname.lastname@example.org
What happens if I change my mind after registering?
The full terms and conditions of participation are laid out in the Runner Agreement which is presented to you during the registration process. The short answer is that registration fees are non-refundable once we have committed significant funds to staging the event, normally about 5 weeks before the day of the race.
What if the event is cancelled?
Very unlikely, but the same conditions apply. If we were to cancel the event before funds had been committed then refunds would be possible, if we have to cancel closer to the day then registration fees will go to servicing the costs incurred. Any money raised in sponsorship will be passed on to the charity regardless of whether the event goes ahead.