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Frequently Asked Questions

Where does the race take place?

The Focus 10K takes place at Borde Hill Garden, Borde Hill Lane, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 1XP.
Is there a charge for parking? Parking is free. However, we are grateful for any donations to Chailey Heritage Foundation on the day.
What time does the race start? The race village will open at 8:30am for all runners and spectators. The Mini Mile starts at 9:30am while the 10K, 5K begin at 10am. Please allow enough time for registration. The race village closes at 1pm.
What are you doing to make the event COVID secure? 

We want everyone attending the Focus10k, staff and volunteers to be safe. By 4 July most regulations should have been lifted and we may be able to reduce some measures   

  • All staff and volunteers will wear face masks and gloves where necessary 
  • Hand sanitising stations will be available at the entrance and across the race village 
  • There will be plenty of space to allow for social distancing in queues and within the race village
  • We will marshal the queue for registration to ensure social distancing is followed
  • There will be extra signage about hygiene and social distancing 
  • There will be an extra level of hygiene at the porta loos
  • Water stations and finish line fulfilment will be designed to minimise contact 
  • Depending on numbers, and regulations at the time, the race starts may be socially distanced or started in waves. You may be required to wear a face mask in the queue for the start, but not when running 
  • There will be no communal warm up this year. Instead we recommend you find some space for some stretching and few minutes of gentle jogging 
  • Entertainment in the Race Village will only go ahead if it can be done in a COVID secure manner 
What if the event is cancelled due to COVID? If we have to cancel the race due to Covid-19 restrictions enforced by the Government, you will be entitled to a full refund.   Please see Terms & Conditions for our full Refunds and Cancellation Policy.
Do I need to raise money for charity?

The Focus 10K is a fundraising event for Chailey Heritage Foundation, all funds raised will support children and young people with complex disabilities. We  therefore ask you to show your support by rasing as much as you can. We suggest a minimum of £10 . You can either make a donation when you register, or can raise sponsorship from your friends, family and colleagues by setting up a Just Giving page. It’s really easy to do and we are delighted to help if you need it. We will also be offering some exciting incentives for fundraising. 

What facilities are available?

Our race village has everything you need before and after the race. There will be toilets, hot and cold drinks on sale and some well-earned nourishing food. There will be merchandise on sale and an exciting prize draw.

Are spectators welcome?

Absolutely! Please come and cheer on your friends and relatives and soak up the atmosphere in our race village. Please observe social distancing where required.

Where can I buy t-shirts? We hope to have t-shirts on sale soon and will let you know via email and on social media when they are ready. We will have water bottles and bags on sale on race day.  
Who is the event supported by?

Chailey Heritage Foundation are very grateful to headline sponsors Focus Group, event sponsors E3 Events for producing the event and Borde Hill Garden for the use of their spectacular grounds. Thanks also to Gemini Print, Batcheller Monkhouse and Jel Fitness. 

Do I need to bring water? 

There is one water stop on the 5k course and two on the 10k course. Water is available for all runners at the finish. 
We had hoped to be kinder to the environment in 2021 by using tap water and asking you to bring a bottle or cup to fill yourselfHowever, in order to keep you COVID safe by minimising points of contact, we are reverting to single use bottles or cartons this year which are recylable and can be recycled on site. If you think you may need extra water please bring your own. 

Can I change my race distance?  You can change your distance but you will only be eligible for chip timing for that race if you let us know in advance (this can be up to 15 min before the race starts). No refunds will be given. If you want to up your distance a premium of £8 will be payable. 
If you change your distance during the race your chip time may not represent this and you will not be eligible for any prizes.  
How do I upload my evidence of completion for the Virtual run? You can send a screen shot from your running app to focus10@chf.org.uk or upload on our website. If you have any difficulties with this, please get in touch and we will be happy to help.

Please note that by entering this event you agree to the terms and conditions.  Please ensure that you read these and that you share this link with other participants if you are registering them on their behalf.

If you have any other queries, please call the team on 01825 724 752 or email fundraising@chf.org.uk. We are here to help every step of the way 

Headline Sponsor: Focus Group

Thank you to all our event partners

Batchellers Monkhouse
Borde Hill Garden
Focus Group
Gemini Print Group
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