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How long is the RoadBlock Run?

The RoadBlock Run is a 7K fun-run around Holyrood Park, Edinburgh.

When is the RoadBlock Run?

Sunday 9th September 2018.

Are there restrictions on who can take part?

Participants must be 16 or over on 9 September 2018 to take part in the RoadBlock Run as per the rules set by the Scottish Athletics Association. Other than this, the run is open to everyone – no matter whether you are a regular runner or not. You can walk, jog or run the course and we stagger the start to help ensure you have a fun run.

How much does it cost?

We ask each participant to register by paying £17, and then commit to raising at least an additional £40 in sponsorship for Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland. Each participant will receive a finish medal to commemorate their achievement!

This money ensures that the RoadBlock Run can continue as a charity event and the funds raised go towards the work of Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland (registered Scottish Charity Number SC018761). Support will be provided to help you raise sponsorship from your friends, family and colleagues and we encourage people to aim to raise as much as they can. To help with approaching your sponsors please click here to see how your money helps. If you would like additional support to raise money then check out our fundraising support website at which is packed full of helpful tips. Alternatively, contact your local fundraising advisor who can help you with any of your fundraising plans.

How do I get to the run?

Details about getting to and from the run are emailed to all participants one month before the race. View a map of the area.

Arthur’s Seat is in Holyrood Park next to the Scottish parliament and Dynamic Earth. The Start and Finish lines, along with support tents, are situated on the playing fields in front of The Education Centre at Holyrood Park – EH8 8HG

Where can I stay?

There are a variety of B&Bs, hostels and hotels in Edinburgh and Holyrood park is within walking distance of the city centre or alternatively a short taxi ride.

How do I choose my wave?

To give everyone a fun run and reduce queuing we set people off in groups within waves. We recommend you base your start time roughly on your expected finish time and/or when you expect to be able to arrive at the start! If you plan to walk the course, or would take longer than 90 minutes to complete a 10K (remember the RoadBlock Run is 7K, though) we recommend you join the blue wave.

  • Red wave – 11.30am start (recommended if you intend to run the whole course)
  • Yellow wave – 11.45am start
  • Green wave – 12pm start
  • Blue wave – 12.15pm start – (recommended if you intend to walk the majority of the course, or would complete a 10K in 90 minutes or longer)

Please note: you will be required to register on the day to pick up your number one hour before your start time.

Can I enter with a team or a partner?

Yes – we welcome teams of all sizes, and a prize will be awarded for the best team name. For insurance purposes everyone needs to sign up individually to agree to the event disclaimer but you can link yourself to your other team members by entering your team name into the relevant box on the registration form.

What if my team members have different expected finish times?

If you intend to run as a group, please join the wave suitable for the slowest runner in your group.


How do I prepare for the RoadBlock Run?

Burn It Fitness (Scotland’s Largest Outdoor Fitness Provider) has designed a bespoke training plan to prepare you for everything the RoadBlock Run will throw at you! It works for all fitness levels and can be adapted to suit your own personal fitness level. So if you haven’t run a 7K before then do not worry!

If you’d like more support, just contact to find your local Burn It group. All participants in the RoadBlock Run will qualify for a discount with Burn It Fitness if you want to train for the run with the friendly Burn It team.

Planning your own training? As the event involves obstacles it is good to do some all round training e.g. small weights or push ups, running up and down stairs etc, as you will be using your whole body to scramble over some of the obstacles!

Can I see a route for the RoadBlock Run?

All the routes and the obstacles are kept secret until the day and routes do vary from year to year based on feedback from our participants. On the day of the run, there will be maps available in the registration marquee for any supporters who want to cheer you along the route.

What can I expect at the start/finish?

At the start/finish we have our registration tent, toilets and the opportunity to buy refreshments (after all after a run like this we all deserve some cake!) Please note there are no changing facilities.

There will be baggage facilities for a £5 donation per bag to CHSS. Please ensure that all your belongings fit into one small to medium bag (we cannot accept  belongings which are not in a bag). Sharing a bag with a friend or a team mate is recommended, as long as the bag is not too big! The baggage will be stored inside the Education Centre and access will only be granted to a recognised CHSS marshal, however, we cannot be held liable for the loss of any belongings and all items are left at your own risk.  Please bring exact change of £5 if you wish to use this facility.

What time do I need to arrive?

All runners must come to registration on the day to receive your run number, wave wristband and hand over any cash sponsorship you have raised.

Please arrive on site based on your wave time – see below. With people registering in this staggered system we hope to get people registered and ready to run as quickly as possible after they arrive.

  • Red Wave Please arrive at the registration tent between 10.30am and 10.45am
  • Yellow Wave Please arrive at the registration tent between 10.45am and 11am
  • Green Wave Please arrive at the registration tent between 11am and 11.15am
  • Blue Wave  Please arrive at the registration tent between 11.15am and 11.30am

All participants must to be on site in the start/finish area by 11.30am to enable us to start the run on time.

What will happen at the start?

Once you have registered based on your estimated finish time – see ‘What time do I need to arrive?’ above – you will be guided into the relevant warm up and start time to get everyone out on the run as smoothly as possible.

Warm-ups will start at 11:20 and will be repeated for each subsequent wave of ready runners, approximately every 15 minutes.

The first runners will start at 11:30 with each subsequent warmed up wave following. We will be setting people off in groups of up to 15 people every minute within each wave. This is to ensure there are no blockages on obstacles so you can have a hassle free run!

Event officials will be on hand to help ensure that this system runs smoothly and you and your friends are in the appropriate warm up and start group.

Is the RoadBlock Run timed?

No, the RoadBlock Run is about fun and raising funds for charity – it is the taking part that counts! If you are keen to know your time, feel free to bring along your own timing device to wear on the day, but please bear in mind it may get a bit wet!

Can I wear fancy dress?

Yes! Fancy dress is actively encouraged – we’ve had nuns, Minions, the Royal Family, pirates and penguins, ninja’s and Where’s Wally all taking part in previous years and the more imaginative the better. There is a prize for the best team fancy dress and the best individual fancy dress this year.  Kilts etc are welcome but do remember that you have to tackle obstacles in whatever you are wearing!

Do we get a t-shirt?

All runners supporting Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland will receive a CHSS t-shirt upon completion. These will be available at the finish line. If you would like a t-shirt in advance to support your fundraising for the charity please contact your local fundraising advisor.

Are there any prizes?

On the spot prizes will be given out on the day for personal effort, teamwork, best team name, best finish pose and anything else we deem deserving a prize. It’s the taking part that counts!

Our highly coveted fancy dress prize will also be up for grabs with a prize and this year we have expanded the prizes to award to top three best dressed teams/individuals (as everyone always does so amazingly we can’t just pick one anymore!)

How do I hand in my sponsorship money?

We ask that each participant brings any sponsor forms and money they have collected with them on the day of the run. This can be in the form of cash or cheques and should be handed over in the envelope provided in your registration pack. (Alternatively please bring your own envelope with your name, number and team name – if applicable). To help speed up registration on the day we highly recommend that you raise your sponsorship online. Setting up an online sponsorship page is safe and easy, not only is it a great way to spread the word about your RoadBlock Run challenge but it also saves the hassle of chasing up sponsorship after the run.  Set up your personal online sponsorship page here.

Where do I send any money I raise after the run?

Any sponsorship money  or sponsor forms collected in after the run can be sent by cheque to your local CHSS office with the following Money Return Form.

Alternatively, you can make a donation over the phone by calling 0300 1212 444 during our office hours (9am-4.30pm). Calls charged at a local rate call from landlines and are included in most free minute bundles from a mobile.

You can also donate securely online here.

Why do I need to raise funds for Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland?

Every day, 100,000 people in Scotland are struggling to breathe due to a chronic chest illness

Every 55 minutes, someone in Scotland will have a heart attack

Every 45 minutes, someone in Scotland will have a stroke

The Road Block Run is about scrambling over obstacles and having fun but by taking part in the run you are helping others overcome their own obstacles, from the loss of a loved one to learning to speak again following a stroke. Every day the people we support are fighting their own battles with chest, heart and stroke illness and your fundraising ensures we can be there via our Adviceline, community groups, nurses and befriending services. We are Scotland’s health charity – help us in the fight against Scotland’s biggest killers.

Support will be provided to help you raise sponsorship from your friends, family and colleagues and we encourage people to aim to raise as much as they can. To help with approaching your sponsors please click here to see how your money helps. If you would like additional support to raise money then check out our fundraising support website at which is packed full of helpful tips and also provides you with the details of your local fundraising advisor who can help you with any of your fundraising plans.

How will my sponsorship be spent?

All money raised at the RoadBlock Run stay in Scotland to support Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland’s research, advice and support services. The money is used where there is the greatest need to help support those affected by the conditions and their carers. To find out more about our work and the services available in each area of Scotland please visit or click here to see how your money helps.

Can I raise funds for any other charity?

The RoadBlock Run is organised by Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland to raise funds for our work across Scotland. Each year we need to raise £7million to ensure we can continue our research and services in every area of Scotland and ask that  participants running on a CHSS place only raise funds for Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland. We do have a select number of charity partners for the 2017 event that are also offering places in the RoadBlock Run (more details to follow on this shortly).

Can I change my wave?

As long as there is still space available in the wave you wish to change to please contact or 0300 1212 444 before 22nd August to amend your wave.

Can I change my contact details?

Please ensure that you update us of any changes to your contact details as soon as possible, especially if you need to change your email address as important pre-event information will be emailed to you one month before the event (9th August). No amends to the registrations can be taken after 22nd August for logistical reasons.

Can I transfer my place?

If you need to transfer your place then please contact us asap. Please note no transfers can be taken after 22nd August for logistical and health and safety reasons. Some exceptions may be made in special circumstances if agreed in advance by calling 0300 1212 444. Please do not pass your number to another participant on the day without declaring this to our registration team or organising a transfer in advance. Doing so will invalidate your entry into the RoadBlock Run.

I can’t take part any more, what should I do?

Before 22nd August: To make sure the event raises as much money as possible for the charity, we would appreciate you telling us that you can no longer take part as soon as possible. This also ensures we can allow others to take your place if we are close to our event limit.

After 22nd August: There is no need to let us know if you have to drop out, this will simply be recorded on the day by the registration team.

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