What is Team Theo?
Team Theo is anyone who supports and fundraises for The Children’s Hospital Charity, which helps make Sheffield Children’s Hospital better.

How do I register?

Just click on the register button on the event page and away you go! Online entry for the event will be open until we reach the maximum of 1000 participants or until 12pm on Friday 12th July, whichever comes first.

Can I register a team?

Yes you can! When registering, the main adult can register, set a team name and add additional adults to build a team.

What happens once I’ve registered?

We’ll send you a confirmation email of your booking along with your fundraising pack. Keep a check out for our emails as we’ll be sending you hints, tips and exciting news in the run up to the event.

How do I fundraise?
Once you’ve completed your Theo’s Obstacle 5k event registration, you will be encouraged to set up your personal fundraising page. Information will be sent to you to assist you with setting up your page and the donation process. Once set-up you can let your family, friends, relatives, co-workers, classmates and neighbours know you are participating, share with them your fundraising goals, and ask them for a specific donation. Remember, it’s for a really good cause. You will be surprised how many will support your efforts.

Do I have to fundraise?

We would love for you to support the hospital even further and incorporate fundraising into your challenge so each fundraising page has been set to a suggested fundraising target of £50. We have suggested that everyone taking part tries to raise £50 to help make Sheffield Children’s Hospital even better, however this is not a requirement.

How do I pay in my money?
Ask people to donate directly to your online fundraising page. That way the money will automatically come directly to us and you don’t have to chase anyone to collect their money (please note online fundraising pages will take an admin fee off your overall sponsorship raised).

If you’ve collected cash then you can pay the money in by sending a cheque made payable to ‘The Children’s Hospital Charity’ at The Children’s Hospital Charity, Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TH. We will send a payment slip and Freepost envelope out to you, with your runner number, to make this a bit easier for you.

You can also send your money in via bank transfer, please email us at events@tchc.org.uk for details and bank details.

If you’re collecting offline donations please ask your supporters to fill out a Sponsorship Form and tick the Gift Aid Box, if applicable.

How will you contact me about this event?
All of our correspondence will be via email, post and social media. Please keep a check on your email inbox, always check your junk folder in case we’ve gone in there by accident, and follow us on Twitter @sheffchildrens; Facebook ‘Sheffield Children’s Hospital and Charity’; Instagram ‘thechildrenshospitalcharity.’

Is there a social media hashtag?
There sure is! Please use #TeamTheo.

When do entries close?
When we hit our 1000 participant limit or at 12pm on Friday 12th July, whichever comes first.

Can I get a charity t-shirt to wear?
Sports shirts are available for a suggested donation of £15; similarly, you can get a yellow charity t-shirt for a suggested donation of £5.

Please contact us at events@tchc.org.uk  if you’d like one to wear with pride during your challenge.

How do I get my race pack?

Registrations made before Monday 24th June will have race packs posted out to them. Please keep an eye on your emails for the date of when these will be sent.

If you register after Monday 24th June, please don’t worry! You will be able to collect your race pack on the day.

What do I need to take with me on the day? 
You will need your race number and a parking pass to gain entry (these will be in your race pack), comfortable clothing and a change of clothes as you will probably be very muddy and wet.

There will be lots going on in the event village so don’t forget cash in case you would like to buy food or merchandise.

What distance is the run?

5km!  (5000m or 3.1 miles, whichever way you prefer to look at it). However, this is not an accredited UK Athletics race. 

Do I need to be physically fit?

You'll need a reasonable level of fitness but will still suit walkers, joggers and runners of all abilities. You also do not need to complete the whole course, there will be points where you can turn round if you wish.

Is the event timed?

Nope! We would like everyone to enjoy the informal, friendly atmosphere of running, walking, skipping or even dancing along the route, so for this event, there will be no timing or results available. Everyone enjoys the course in their own way. Please feel free to bring your own timing device, if you wish.

Who can participant in the event?

If you are 5 or over you are welcome to take part in the event! Please note that participants between 5 and 16 years need to be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or a responsible adult of 18-or-over at the event at all times. One guardian can take responsibility for a maximum of 5 minors. Please note that the parent/guardian must also be a registered participant in the event at the same start group.

Please note – even though the minimum entry age for the event is 5 years old, some obstacles may not be suitable for all children.

Can I run with my dog, cat, hamster?

We love animals! However they are not allowed at the Obstacle 5K, sorry! You’ll just have to show them your selfies when you get home.

You can spectate with your dog, near the start/finish area, but we will insist that your dog is kept on a short lead and you must stand well back from the course. We reserve the right to ask anyone to remove their dog from the event if we feel they pose a threat to others taking part.

What are the safety rules?

If you've suffered a recent illness or have a medical condition consult your doctor before taking part. If in any doubt, don't compete. Safety is our priority and all runners should take precautions. A medical team will be in attendance throughout the event.

Can I participate if I am pregnant or I have some health issues?
If you are pregnant or have any issues with your health we recommend you to consult your doctor before entering the Obstacle 5K. Although our mission is to make the race as safe as possible to every participant, there is always the possibility of unforeseeable incidents (such as falling or bumping into another person).

Do I need insurance?

You will be entering this challenge entirely at your own risk and will not be covered by The Children’s Hospital Charity. It is up to you to make sure you have insurance in place, should you encounter injury, loss or damage to yourself or any personal belongings. Please ensure you read and agree to the terms & conditions on registration before signing up to the challenge.

Can I bring a pushchair or a wheelchair?

Unfortunately the course is not wheelchair or pushchair friendly and therefore you are unable to take part in wheelchairs or bring children in pushchairs. However you are more than welcome to bring wheelchairs or pushchairs if you are spectating as the event village will be accessible.

Can my husband/sister/best friend/co-worker just come to cheer me on?

Yes, but why would they want to just come and watch? Get them to join in the fun with you!

Is parking available and do I have to pay?

There is parking available at Hesley Wood Scout Camp. If you are taking part in the event then you are able to park on site. When you receive your race pack, it will include a parking pass that you show on arrival to gain free parking.

If you sign up after 24th June and are collecting your race pack on the day then we will ensure your parking pass is emailed to you so you can gain entry.

Spectators are welcome to travel to Hesley Wood separately, however if spectators travel in their own vehicle then they will not be able to park on site as space is very limited.

What should I wear?

All entrants are responsible for their own kit but should come equipped for unpredictable weather conditions.

Don’t forget to bring warm dry clothing to change into after the race as some obstacles are foamy and wet!

Comfortable clothing is a good start, as are comfortable running shoes. Do not wear anything with sharp edges that might cause injury to other participants or damage the inflatable obstacles along the course. Please note the course includes obstacles where you slide and crawl, so wearing long pants is a good idea.

Can I check-in my bag at the event?
We do not have a big storage area for bags. As car parking is near to the event village we would suggest that you leave your bags securely in your car and take only what you need to the event village.

There will be a small controlled drop off area for small items in the event village. If you do need to drop anything off please make sure the items are in a sealed bag.

We also strongly recommend that you leave any valuable items at home. The Children’s Hospital Charity will accept no liability for any items that are lost or damaged whilst in the baggage area.

Can I take my phone with me?
We wouldn’t recommend taking your mobile phone on the course with you as the course includes some foam and water features (fun, right?!) so we can’t guarantee that the phone will stay dry unless you go around the 'wet' obstacles.

Can I take my action camera and my selfie stick with me?
You can take your action camera (like GoPro) with you, but please note that selfie sticks are not allowed for safety reasons! If you would like to use a chest harness as your action camera, please make sure that the harness is safe and the clips will open if the harness gets caught on an obstacle.

Am I allowed to consume alcohol at the event?
Theo’s Obstacle 5k is an alcohol free event – we promise that you will have lots of fun without drinking!

What kind of obstacles will I be running, bouncing and crawling through?
There will be a large variety of inflatable obstacles, foam, water and other fun obstacles.

You will get wet, foamy and muddy so please do wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Also remember to bring a change of clothes with you so you are comfortable on the way home! 

Please note that we reserve the right to make changes to the number and range of the obstacles.

How does the start line work? Are there heats/waves?

The start line will be setting off in waves. The waves are every 30 minutes and you can choose which wave you go in when registering.

On the day, all you have to do is listen to our announcer. She/he will let you know when it’s your time to head to the warm up area and start line.

Do you have any other rules?

Respect above all else. We are YES people, we’ll do what we can to ensure a great day as long as you do the same and treat all our: entertainers, participants, venue, staff, volunteers and new friends with respect. We are an alcohol, smoking and drug free zone – we use a zero tolerance approach – no questions, no arguments, you will be escorted out.

What happens if bad weather hits?

Then we’ll be dancing in the rain! The rain may make the race a little bit slower in general so you might need to wait a little bit longer to get to the obstacles if the clouds to open.

But, as long as there are not strong winds and we don’t have prolonged, consistently heavy rain in the build up to the event, the event will take place – stay tuned with updates by following the event’s Facebook page. Also, keep an eye on your emails as the charity will send updates.

Please note that if the wind is too strong we might have to take down some of the inflatable obstacles for safety reasons.

We will be keeping a check on the weather forecast and will aim to give you as much notice as possible should we need to cancel. This might be a last minute text message/email if the weather takes a sudden bad turn.

If we do have to cancel then we will aim to hold the event on an alternative date as soon as we can. If you’re unable to join us on that date then we will issue registration refunds on request.


Will there be refreshments and toilets?

There will be catering vans on site. There will also be plenty of portaloos around the event area.

I am unable to attend the event, can I get my money back?
The registration fee for Theo’s Obstacle 5k is non-refundable. However, you may be able to transfer your place to another person. Drop us an email at events@tchc.org.uk or give us a call on 0114 271 7203, let’s have a chat.

Can I change to another start wave?
You can change your start time to another wave (provided the wave is not sold out) by contacting our charity team in 0114 271 7203 or events@tchc.org.uk.

Changes to registrations can only be made until 12pm on Friday 12th July.


Still have a question?

Contact us at events@tchc.org.uk or on 0114 271 7203. Our team will help solve your query as quickly as possible.

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