News:  Online entry opens 1st January 2018.

Frequently Asked Questions

Bad Weather

The two 'runs' will start promptly in wind or rain but if we think there is a risk of participants injuring themselves we will postpone them. We will postpone if the ground is icy and people might fall or if the ground is covered in snow and the uneven nature of some parts of the course could cause twisted ankles. These are difficult judgements to make and in any event participants are responsible for their own safety.

If you are in any doubt about possible postponement please look at this website as we will put a message here. A final decision will be posted online by 4pm on the Saturday before the event.

Fundraising

Do I need to fundraise for a charity?

The answer is no, but we encourage all runners to consider doing so. There are many charities to choose from. Our feedback from runners is that it can greatly enhance your experience.

Is there a minimum sponsorship that I am required to raise?

We suggest £50 is a reasonable target, but all best efforts are appreciated by Charities.

Can I enter and fundraise for my own choice of charity?

Yes, but you must register as a standard entry. You will also have to take responsibility for the donations to the charity yourself.

Is there a nominated charity this year?

No, but any profit and ALL donations will go to Rotary Charities. You can see more about what we do and how we use any charity money at http://www.caterhamrotary.org.uk.

How do I decide which charity to fundraise for?

If you can't decide please look at the websites mentioned above or ask the organisers. If you use our VirgiMoneyGiving page the money will go into our Rotary Charity account and we will pass all of it onto good causes.

What happens after I choose a Charity?

The registration pack you will get after sending in your application form will include a sponsorship form so that you can ask your supporters for their commitments. You can also use our VirginMoneyGiving website and ask your supporters to donate direct to Rotary Charities. See the sponsorship page on this website for more information.

Does the Charity receive the entry fee?

No, this is used to cover the costs of staging the event. By choosing a charity you are offering to get sponsorship on behalf of your nominated charity. We have made a small profit every year so far and we donate that to charity.

Entry

When do entries open?

Entry is now open.

How do I enter?

Please use the entry section of this website and follow the instructions. Alternatively you can request an entry form.

What are the different entry categories?
Registration before the day Registration on the day
5K £6 £12
1K £3 £6
Dogs free free
How do I qualify for any discount?

Sorry there are no discounts for any class of participant or for any affiliations. The entry fees just about cover our costs so that all sponsorship goes direct to the charities.

How will I know I have entered successfully?

Upon successful entry up to one week before the event you will receive a registration pack through the post containing your number and other information. If you do not please contact us and we will investigate. It is therefore important that you should give us your correct details. We will continue to accept entries as long as we can (see When will entries close? below) but if we cannot deliver your number to you in time we may ask you to collect it from the Registration Desk half an hour before your run.

Do runners receive a running number?

Up to a week before the event you will receive a running number in the post. This should be prominently worn on your front so as to identify you as an authorised participant and eligible for the finishers egg.

When will entries close?

Entries will close on line on the Friday evening before the event. Postal entries should not be sent less than one week before the event, they can be hand delivered to the address listed on the form up to midday on the Friday before the event. You can enter on the day at double the fee as long as we have not reached the maximum numbers allowed.
For entry in the week before the event you must collect your running number from the registration desk in Queens Park pavilion half an hour before your start time.

Can I withdraw my entry and be refunded my entry fee?

Sorry there are no refunds.

On the Day

What time do the runs commence?

The 1k starts at 10am and the 5k starts at 10.30am. Both start promptly in normal circumstances.

How do I find out more about the courses?

For detailed course info please look at our course maps on this website or have a practice run round the course! There will be a location map and route in your registration pack.

Can I enter on the day?

Maybe. Entries on the day will be £12 for the 5k and £6 for the 1k. However this will not be the case if the course capacity is reached.

Can I walk?

Yes. If you plan to walk the whole distance we request that you allow runners to start in front of you.

Can my dog take part?

Yes. But we request that your dog remains on a lead at all times and that that you allow other runners to start in front of you.

Are the courses suitable for a wheel chair or push chair?

The start and finish of both races are in the park which can be soft and muddy making it difficult for wheelchairs and push chairs. However we have had a few wheelchair entrants and many push chairs over the years who have completed the 1k. The 5k crosses road and uses uneven paths and tracks so would be more difficult. We have never had entries using wheelchairs or push chairs in the 5k. Because it is a fun event and we would like everyone to take part please contact us if you have any questions.

We ask wheelchair and push chair users to start behind the main group of participants please.

Can I take part in fancy dress?

Yes, we would be delighted if you did. We encourage people to dress up and have prizes in both runs for best dressed bunnies.

What do finishers receive after the run?

All finishers receive an Easter egg (approximately 80gm) and water is available.

What facilities are available?

We have the use of Queens Park Pavilion which has toilets and changing facilities. There will be a bag drop desk where you can leave any items while you run. Please no valuables as we cannot be responsible for them although we do try hard to take care of your belongings. You will need your runner number to leave items and to retrieve them. There will be stalls selling various items including bacon butties, burgers, tea, coffee and soft drinks.

Do I need to register on the day?

If you already have your number you do not need to register on the day. The registration desk is there for people who don't have a number and want to register on the day or have registration questions.

Are there any age restrictions?

There are no specific age restrictions but we do ask you to use common sense. We are not bound by UK Athletics regulations but you should be aware that they do not allow under 11s to take part in 5k runs. The Easter Bunny Runs are fun events and many people walk some or all the time so they can be suitable for all ages with care.

May I use poles (Nordic walking)?

Yes, but please start after the main group of runners and be careful not to pose a trip hazard for other people.

Running

I have never been in a run before how fit should I be?

There are many websites that give ideas and suggestions for novice runners. This is just one example http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/news/article.asp?UAN=48



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