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Join in this festive 5k and 10k run through your choice of 19 cities this Christmas. This event will have you following a Christmas star for clues, give you a chance to top the official leaderboard, and all will receive their present of a medal dropped down the chimney.
C-19 Plan
The Race Organiser has confirmed that this event will be going ahead as planned on Saturday 12th Dec 2020 in accordance with the COVID-19 safety measures. Learn more

How to enter the City Scramble UK

  1. 5k

    Run 5km
    Event passed
  2. 10k

    Run 10km
    Event passed

City Scramble UK routes

Join in this festive fun 5k and 10k through your favourite cities. Choose one of the 19 cities listed below and tackle a 5k or 10k.

But wait, this isn't just any run. This virtual and seasonal hunt will have you looking for clues as you run. This looped circuit will have between 6 and 10 clue stops, with each clue you find forming an anagram that will reveal a close by location, and will eventually lead to the finish.

This is the perfect socially-distanced activity for the Christmas time, so grab a running buddy and sign up!

City Scramble 5k and 10k is available in these cities:

  • Birmingham
  • Bristol
  • Cambridge
  • Chelmsford
  • Coventry
  • Edinburgh
  • Glasgow
  • Guildford
  • London City
  • London South
  • London West End
  • Manchester
  • Newcastle
  • Norwich
  • Swindon
  • Windsor
  • York

Event Details

What’s Included
  • Finisher's medal
  • Fun and festive clues
  • Unique tour of city sights
Raceday Logistics


09:00 First clue is texted to participants

09:00 - 12:00 Start anytime in this gap

13:00 Race over

The first clue will be sent to participants at 09:00, and they can choose whichever start point is most convenient to them.

*Don't forget to time yourself and submit it to the official results page. Participants must visit all the clue sites before reaching the finish or their result won't count.

Kit List

Come in your most festive gear. Spread some Christmas cheer as you run through your favourite cities.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can I run with in the City Scramble?
You can run solo, with members of the same household, or socially distanced with friends and family.
When do we get our clues?
Clues will be texted on race morning at 9am. You will need a smartphone to view the clues.
When do we get the medal?
Medals will be posted out shortly after the event to the address you provide at registration. Each clue will only be solvable by reaching the clue spot.
Where do we run?
Choose from any one of the 19 UK towns and cities – either the one you live in, or any that you can get to easily on foot, by bicycle or by car. Each borough and route has a set of 6-10 clue spots that you must connect with your run.

Meet the organiser

The Race Organiser creates outstanding opportunities for people to bring out their best run, swim or cycle performance. We seek out the most inspiring and rewarding locations, develop race routes and event formats, and create a brilliant atmosphere and race day experience – offered at the best possible value. We don’t think it’s ok to ask people who are aspiring to do amazing things to pay huge sums of money, so we charge as little as we can afford, rather than as much as we can get away with.



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