Join our exciting Veg Dash - Saturday September 30th 2023!

Join our exciting Veg Dash - Saturday September 30th 2023!

Posted Wednesday 14th June 2023...

Support your community during the cost of living crisis with vital food and meals, whilst having fun with your friends, colleagues or family. 

Join our fun-draising "Veg Dash" on Saturday 30th September 2023 (11am kick off) - an event for all runners, gentle joggers or walkers - where there's no pressure to run or be the fastest. You'll be sent on a 10 stop hunt around Hackney looking for fruit and vegetable themed locations.

There are no hidden registration fees and no minimum amount to fundraise.

Enter as an individual or a team. Children are welcome to be part of your team and we will also have a special children's treasure hunt in Springfield Park.

We're trying to make it as easy as possible to reach your team's chosen fundraising target, so teams can be as many people as you like. So have fun and help us to nourish our community in 2023.

Start/End point: Made In Hackney cookery school, Liberty Hall, 128 Clapton Commons, London, E5 9AA.

Register at our quick form or email to save you place.

A list of FAQs are here and below.


What is the Made In Hackney Veg Dash?

So we have decided to put on our fundraising event as ticket prices are high for charities to buy places in official half marathons & other events. We also wanted to create an event that wasn't just about running so more people could get involved. And that also celebrated our love of eating more fruit and vegetables.
So you'll be directed to 10 locations around Hackney (that form a circuit to the start/finish at Liberty Hall). Each location will have a vegetable or fruit theme because you know, we love plants! 

On arrival on the day you'll be given a route map showing the 10 locations and a suggested route. As it's a circle from the start/finish you can decide which way round to go.
At each location the team takes a selfie to show they were there.
There’ll be a free raffle for everyone that joins in to win an amazing prize, as well as a prize for best costume.

When does it start?

Please arrive from 10am as the event will start at 11am on Saturday 30th September. They'll be a warm up from 10.30am.


When does it finish?

We expect everyone to be finished by 1-2pm unless they really want to take their time enjoying the circuit! We need to close the venue by 3pm.


What is the location?
Go to Liberty Hall, 128 Clapton Commons, E5 9AA. It's a black & white building on the edge of the park. You'll see people inside & outside on the day.
More directions:


Do I have to run it?
No, you can walk or jog or a mix! It's about having a fun time with a group of friends, family and colleagues and helping to raise money.

If you are differently abled we also don't mind if you need to take a bus.
However, please no bicycles (or cars!).


How long is the course?
We've designed the course to be 5-6 miles and can be walked in about 2 hours. So we expect it to take people 1-1.5 hours with stops if jogging and 2-2.5 hours if walking. It's also designed to have a part where you can catch a bus.
If you're a team with lots of children in it you can opt for a shorter course we will have prepared.

How many people can I have in my team?
As many as you like. Or you can do it by yourself. 

If you're not sure about doing it by yourself but also not sure about putting a team together let me know as I can help you to find a team to join.


Do I need to know who's on my team when I register?

No, we just need one contact to be able to send information to. 

Is there an age limit?
No, children are welcome to be part of your team but anyone under the age of 16 we would expect to be accompanied by an adult. 

We will also have a children’s treasure hunt route in Springfield Park suitable for younger children.

What are the prizes for?
We will be giving prizes for the team with the best fruit & vegetable costumes.

There will also be a free raffle for everyone that comes on the day.

How should I fundraise? and how much?
You can set up a fundraising page on any of the following websites, or alternatively you can collect cash donations and pass these onto us.

Please share your fundraising page with us.

Or you can direct people to a group page here: 

Localgiving also allows you to create your own fundraising page linked to an appeal page. Click Fundraises For Us! here and follow the instructions.

You can decide to raise any amount of funding but if you're a team of 10 we would suggest between £500-£1000 as a team goal. If you need any photos or text to help with your fundraising page please let us know.

What should I wear?
As there are prizes for best fancy dress costumes we'd love to see as many people as possible doing their best fruit and vegetable impressions. There is loads of inspiration online for homemade costumes that can be cheaply replicated!
We recommend also wearing something you feel comfortable also jogging/walking in.

What should I bring with me?
Try not to bring too much. Someone will need a phone in your team to help with the route, and to take selfies at each of the 10 points.
We will have some storage for bags.

Please bring your own water bottle. Water bottles can be refilled at our cookery school at the start/end.


What if the weather is bad? Will it be cancelled?
We're hoping the event can go ahead unless it is very serious weather as we are all used to a bit of a shower in the UK!
We will have a dry space to store bags if needed.
We will also have access to a dry space for participants near to the start/end of race if really needed.
In the unlikely event it has to be postponed/cancelled we will aim to inform everyone 2 days beforehand.

Is there a loo?
Yes, there is access to a loo.

Who should I contact for more information or ring our office phone number (020 8442 4266)

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