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Basildon 5k 2024

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Basildon 5k

Saturday 15 Jun 2024

£15.99 Aged 16 and over | £11.00 Children, under 6s free
Minimum fundraising target: £50

Date: Saturday 15 Jun 2024

Time: 10:00

Venue: Gloucester Park

Life is worth Racing for. Enter Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life and raise money for life-saving cancer research.

About the 5k event

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The 5k is an achievable distance and a good first challenge for most people. At just over 3 miles it can take about an hour to walk on average, but there's no pressure to finish in a certain time. Go at your own pace to help fund life-saving cancer research.


Gloucester Park, Cranes Farm Road, Basildon, SS14 3GR View map

Course information

The start is on the football pitches behind Basildon Sporting Village. The course is fully contained within Gloucester Park around some beautiful lakes and a mix of grass and tarmac paths, mostly flat with a few hilly sections. The finish is in the same location as the start.

There will not be any water refill stations along the course so if you require water during the event, remember to bring your own reusable water bottle already filled up. A Scottish Power water refill station will be available to use at the finish.

Please arrive 30 to 45mins before your start time so that you are prepared and ready to go on time.

Our courses have been measured with a measuring wheel.  This is the most accurate measurement method and may not always match up with fitbits, Strava and Apple watches.  Remember to follow the route carefully and don't cut corners as that will alter the distance you cover!

Join forces or go solo

Race for Life participants having fun at events
You can take part in any Race for Life event as an individual or a group to raise money for life-saving research. Walk, jog or run together in a group or go solo at your own pace, or lead the way as a Group Leader and get family, friends and colleagues involved! However you choose to get muddy, you’re helping to beat cancer.

Warm up with other Race for Lifers

Shake off any pre-Race nerves and get moving with our fun warm-up session just before your event.

Supporters and spectators welcome

Bring along as many supporters as you like to cheer you on! We’ve got things for everyone to do, check out the Location section above to see what’s happening on the day.

Soak up the atmosphere

After you've completed the course, stay on and celebrate with other participants, friends and family with a picnic in the park.

Your entry fee covers the cost of your event, but your fundraising helps us save and improve lives. Join the celebration, join the family, and join the thousands helping to raise the money we need to power Cancer Research UK’s biggest discoveries.

Event details

Once you sign up for your Race for Life event, you'll receive an email with all the need-to-know details to help you feel fully prepared for the day.

Meeting point

The start line is on the football pitches bheind Basildon Sporting Village -  opposite the Netball Courts.  If using what 3 words, enter ///pokers.locate.caged in the free app, to find the exact starting point.

The finish line is also on the Football pitches behind Basildon Sporting Village.

Pedestrians: Please access the main event site via Basildon Sporting Village car park. Follow the path from the car park straight ahead towards the netball courts and football pitches.

General Event Parking: There will be limited FOC event car parking which can be accessed thorugh Basildon Sporting Village car park, please follow the traffic management signs.  Gloucester Park is a short walk from the Town Centre so the Town Centre car parks are also an option. We ask that participants refrain from parking in the retail parks to avoid congestion in this area.

Blue Badge Parking: Blue badge parking is available within Basildon Sporting Village Car Park.  Please note that this is separate from the designated participant/ spectator parking area, or alternatively, you can get dropped off next to the event site before parking up in the designated car park.

Drop Offs: Next to the event site/ opposite 3g football pitches.  You will need to follow the route for the designated car park.

Public Transport:-

Bus:  First Bus also operate a service to Gloucester Park – see timetables at www.firstgroup.com/ukbus/

Train: Closest train station is Basildon which is 2 miles away.

Electric Charging points:There are 2 charging stations located in Basildon Sporting Village car park.  Alternatively,  BP pulse charging station is 1.3 miles away.

Cycling & Bike Racks: There are 15 cycle spaces located at the front of the Basildon Sports Village building

Dogs allowed
Suitable for pushchairs
Wheelchair accessible
No toilets
Bag drop
No refreshments

Car park, event site and route are majority on grass. The route includes paved paths, is relatively flat but there are a few sections of uneven ground and inclines. This event is suitable for wheelchair users with assistance, but be aware that the ground can be quite uneven especially near the lake and it can get muddy in wet weather. 

If you require further information on the accessibility of a Race for Life event, wish to bring a carer/assistant to accompany you or a guide runner, please contact our Supporter Hotline on 0300 123 0770 and press 1 when prompted (Opening hours are 8am - 6pm Monday to Friday) or email us at raceforlife@cancer.org.uk

If you need extra help at the event please pick up a badge at the Blue Enquires Marquee so that our crew and volunteers can look out for you and check you are OK.

Our team of Event Managers are proud to be Dementia Friends.

There will be a British Sign Language Interpreter on stage at this event.

Bring a water bottle
We’re trying to reduce single-use plastic at Race for Life. Please bring your own reusable water bottle, already filled. We'll provide an ecofriendly water-refill station at the finish that uses as little single-use plastic as possible.

Have the right kit
It’s a good idea to check the weather before your event and dress accordingly. Think breathable sports gear (leggings and shorts are ideal) and well-fitting trainers. For Pretty Muddy, wear something you don’t mind getting dirty.
Check out the latest range of Race for Life clothing and accessories in our online shop.

Be sun smart
Stay sun safe by finding shade when you’re not on the course and covering up with clothes, a hat and sunglasses. On parts you can’t cover, use sunscreen with at least SPF15 and a 4 or 5 star rating. Find out more about being sun smart.

Your back sign and race number
Remember to bring your back sign and Race number which will be sent to you in the post – don’t forget safety pins so you can attach them to you.

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