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Urban Rush – London

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As a cross-city urban run, Urban Rush is a different kind of challenge. Take on a 15-mile journey through the city’s landmarks, culture and heritage, solo or part of a team. Every step you take can help the 300,000 people in Britain who are fighting homelessness right now.

If you are taking part as an individual, we ask for a £229 sponsorship pledge (plus registration fee). For a team of four, we ask for £799 sponsorship (plus registration fee).

Not reaching your sponsorship pledge impacts on what Shelter can achieve, so please ensure you are confident in reaching this pledge before signing up for Urban Rush. The deadline for sending in your sponsorship money is six weeks after the event.

Review summary

2 Reviews
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Michelle L
"A great event - thoroughly enjoyed the route, good organisation and a very..."


Tara F
"It was brilliantly organised with incredibly friendly volunteers, cheering..."
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Are there drink stations during the event?

Yes. There are several drink stations, and we ensure there are plenty of fluids available for runners at the finish.

What facilities are there for changing and storage?

Changing facilities are limited, so if possible, arrive in your running gear. We will transport all your equipment and bags to the finish line in Putney.

Are the roads closed?

As a unique cross-city urban run, the roads will not be closed, but the course will be extremely well marshalled. Both traffic and pedestrian management programmes will be in place.

Event Details

What’s Included
    Technical Running Top
    Sports Massage
    Finisher's Medal
    Free race photos
    Chipped time results
    Free bag transfer
Raceday Logistics

09:00 hrs - Starting at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford and finishing in Putney

We expect a range of times, between 1 hour 45mins and 3 hours 30mins to complete the event.

The route is fully marked, and there will be marshals on hand throughout.

Kit List

Running gear that suits an urban environment is essential - trainers that can deal with pavements and uneven surfaces as well as breathable clothing that is both comfortable and high-visibility for running through streets are a must for this event.

We strongly discourage the use of headphones while taking part in the event. As this is not a closed road event there will be other road users along the route and runners need to be mindful of this and remain alert at all times. We cannot be responsible for accidents which occur where the runner is wearing headphones.


If you prefer cheering to running, then get involved as a volunteer! Shelter are looking for enthusiastic people to volunteer at various points along the route at Urban Rush. For more information, please email [email protected]


What support can I expect from Shelter?

Once you register, we'll be in touch regularly with training advice, fundraising support and information about how your fundraising helps us support families facing homelessness. And on the day itself, you'll get a race t-shirt, finisher’s medal, a post-race reception with free sports massage, and plenty of encouragement from Shelter volunteers cheering you on along the way!

How long does it take, and do I have to run?

Yes, it’s a run – but the event is open to people of all abilities. How long it takes depends on your level of fitness and approach. We expect a range of times, between 1 hour 45mins and 3 hours 30mins.

What happens if I need to pull out before the event?

If you have a health issue or an injury that prevents you from running, or could make it dangerous for you to take part, we'd ask you not to sign up for Urban Rush. If you develop an injury or health issue after signing up, please contact us immediately on 0344 515 1190 or [email protected]

What happens if I need to pull out during the event?

If you feel unwell during the event, please do not continue. There will be marshals and first aid personnel at designated points to assist anyone who needs to stop.

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Urban Rush – London reviews (2)

4.8 out of 5 stars

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  • Did the Urban Rush Run and Fundraiser in 2019

    A great event - thoroughly enjoyed the route, good organisation and a very friendly atmosphere all around. Would definitely recommend!
  • Did the Urban Rush Run and Fundraiser in 2019

    It was brilliantly organised with incredibly friendly volunteers, cheering along the runners round the course, on a blustery day! Amazing running through London - brilliant charity!
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