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Crawley Pretty Muddy 5k 2024

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Crawley Pretty Muddy 5k

Saturday 20 Jul 2024

£22.49 Adults | £12.00 Children
Minimum fundraising target: £50

Date: Saturday 20 Jul 2024

Time: from 12:30

Venue: Tilgate Park

30% off entry in 2024 with code 24SPRING

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

About Pretty Muddy

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Climb, crawl and slide your way around the Pretty Muddy® obstacle course at your own pace.
5k is just over 3 miles and can take about an hour to complete on average, but there's no pressure to finish in a certain time – it's all designed for fun!
Get muddy as an individual or with a group of friends or family, act like a big kid and raise money for life-saving cancer research.

Location

Venue
Tilgate Park, Titmus Drive, Crawley, RH10 5PQ View map

Course information

The course is on pathways around Tilgate Lake & Nature Reserve. There's a few inclines, declines and uneven surfaces on the woodland paths.

There will not be any water refill stations along the course so if you require water during the event, please 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 15 to 20 mins 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

Pretty Muddy 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 Pretty Muddy® 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 western side of Tilgate (Campbell's) Lake and down the hill from Tilgate Playground.  If using what3words, enter ///nobody.follow.polite in the free app, to find the exact starting point.

The finish line is in the same location.

Pedestrians: Please access the Main Event Site via Timitus Drive, continuing up the hill past the GoApe Centre towards the Smith & Western Resturant before bearing left towards Tilgate (Campbell's) Lake)

General Event Parking:  Please use one of the following Car Park for this event. 

The Gainsborough Field - Free of Charge and can be accessed via either Gainsborough Road or Holbein Road (the route is approx. 900M to the Main Event Site). 

Lakeside Car Park - Pay and Display and can be accessed via Tilgate Drive (the route is approx. 575m to the Main Event Site). 

Tilgate Car Park - Pay and Display and can be accessed via Timitus Drive (the route is approx. 240m to the Main Event Site). 

Blue Badge Parking: There are 9 Free of Charge Accessible Parking Spaces for Blue Badge Holders in Tilgate Car Park, Tilgate Drive, Crawley, RH10 5PQ

The route from the car park to the Main Event Site (Inc. Start /Finish Lines) is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance and is approx. 240m.

Drop Offs: There are no designated drop off points due to the nature of this venue. 

Public Transport:-

Bus: Local Bus Service to Tilgate Park: Bus Numbers 2, 10, 20, 23, 271, 273

Train: Nearest Train Station is Three Bridges Station which can be access via Brighton & London Lines.

Electric Charging Points: 

Gridserve Charging Station, 11 Brighton Rd, Pease Pottage, Crawley RH11 9YA  (1.8 Miles from Tilgate Park) 

PodPoint Charging Station, Broadfield Park, Crawley RH11 9RT (1.9 Miles from Tilgate Park)

Cycling & Bike Racks: Bike Racks within Tilgate Park (by the Smith & Western Resturant) approx 19 free of charge spaces.

No dogs allowed
Not suitable for pushchairs
Not wheelchair accessible
Toilets
No bag drop
Refreshments
No showers
Parking

Due to the nature of the event it is not suitable for wheelchair users. If you require further information on the accessibility of Pretty Muddy, 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: 8am - 6pm Monday to Friday) or email us at raceforlife@cancer.org.uk 

If you aren't sure whether Pretty Muddy is right for you, take a look at the obstacles and make up your own mind, please visit our website https://raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org/about-our-events/pretty-muddy/obstacles

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 BSL Interpreter on stage at this event

Bring a water bottle
We’re trying to reduce single-use plastic at Pretty Muddy. 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.

Bring a change of clothes
If you’re getting Pretty Muddy®, remember to bring spare clothes and a towel. Check the facilities tab above to see what there is at your event. Unfortunately, there are no lockers, changing facilities or showers at the Race for Life events, so please bear this in mind and ask friends to look after your valuable belongings, clean clothes and towels.

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.

Pretty Muddy® events start times are staggered in 'waves', each wave starts every 15 minutes to ensure you're safe on the course. If you're signed up as a group, please make sure you sign up for the same wave time.

Climb, crawl and slide your way around the course at your own pace. We want you to tackle every obstacle the best you can, but if you need to skip to the next one our marshals will be on hand to assist. Find out more about Pretty Muddy® obstacles.

To be part of the action, you must be 13 years of age or older at the time of your event. We've got something special for our young participants too - check out our Pretty Muddy® Kids events for kids aged 12 and under!

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, please seek your doctor's advice before registering.

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