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Doncaster 5k 2023

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Doncaster 5k

Sunday 18 Jun 2023

£15.99 Adults | £11.00 Children, under 6s free
Minimum fundraising target: £50

Date: Sunday 18 Jun 2023

Time: 11:00

Venue: Town Fields

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.


Town Fields, Thorne Road, Doncaster, DN2 6BW View map

Course information

The start and finish are entirely on grass. The event site is on grass which is predominantly flat, however it can be uneven. Ground ground conditions may vary according to recent weather conditions.

The 5k course is predominantly on grass and some tarmc paths. It is mostly flat but there are some slight uphill and downhill gradients.

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

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 and finish lines are located within the park of Town Fields, on the playing fields in front of the Pavillion, near the basketball court.

If using what3words, enter ///depend.salads.speak in the free app, to find the exact starting point.

Pedestrians: The closest entrance to the event site is from Town Moor Avenue. It can also be reached easily from all entrances to Town Fields and then by following the paths towards the pavilion. 

General Event Parking:  There is no designated parking available for the event. There is limited free parking on offer on the streets surrounding Town Fields, particularly Town Moor Avenue and Bennetthorpe. Motorists are also able to drop off passengers at the layby by the Pavilion on Thorne Road. The journey from this entrance to the event site is a 250m walk on a combination of tarmac path and grass.

Blue Badge Parking: Disabled access and drop off point would be recommended at the lay-by on Thorne Road. The journey from this entrance to the event site is a 250m walk on a combination of tarmac path and grass. There is limited free parking on offer on the streets surrounding Town Fields, with spaces available adjacent to the nearby entrances for blue badge holders on Town Moor Avenue. The journey from all park entrances to the event site are a short walk on a combination of tarmac path and grass.

Volunteer Parking: There is no designated volunteer parking available for the event. There is limited free parking on offer on the streets surrounding Town Fields

Drop Offs: Motorists are able to drop off passengers at the layby on Thorne Road. The journey from this entrance to the event site is a 250m walk on a combination of tarmac path and grass.

Public Transport:

Bus: There are a number of buses that run along Thorne Road, Town Moor Avenue and Bennetthorpe, all of which are accessible to Town Fields. Plan your journey at www.travelsouthyorkshire.com 

Train: The nearest train station is Doncaster, which is 1 mile from the venue

Electric Charging points: The closest car charging point to the event site is the EB Charging Station on Chamber Road, DN1 3BU

Cycling & Bike Racks: There is no designated bike parking at Town Fields

Dogs allowed
Suitable for pushchairs
Wheelchair accessible
No bag drop
No showers
No parking

We aim to provide our supporters with as much information as possible so that they can make an informed choice based on their own specific needs.

Please refer to the meeting point, course information and travel sections where we aim to give you suffient information on each of these areas.

We have assessed this route and concluded it is wheelchair accessible with assistance.

If you require any further information on the accessibility of a Race for Life event, or wish to bring a carer/assistant to accompany you or if you need to bring 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

We aim to have a British Sign Language Interpreter  available on stage whilst our event host is speaking 

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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