The Race Organiser : City Scramble London
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City Scramble London

Run the best bits of your borough • Collect the clues • Find the finish line

The second edition of City Scramble London is now open for entries! 


Put excitement and energy back into your run with a live chase in each London borough, collecting clues to reveal a secret finish location. Take a recommended route following our maps to run 5K or 10K, or take your own scenic route. Once you've unscrambled the finish location, get yourself there and take a selfie for proof.


With a 5K or 10K route available in each of the 33 London Boroughs with a strictly limited number of places allocated to start between 9am-1pm, you'll be running solo, with people you live with or responsibly distanced with a running buddy. 


You'll get your clues by text message at 9.00am on the morning of the event. Your circular route will have between 4-10 clue spots, followed by a final finish location. Finish by 1.00pm.


Time your run using a watch or mobile app to get your result on the official results page and to get your City Scramble medal in the post. 


Share your progress throughout your run using #CityScramble and text City Scramble HQ if you need a hand to be sure of your next move.


City Scramble is a carefully planned concept to allow runners to be part of an organised event whilst maintaining all of the social distancing and safety measures you’d take on a regular solo run. If you have any questions, check out the details and FAQs here first and if there's anything missing, get in touch. Please be patient - most of our team are still furloughed.



Tell me more! Answers to all of the Frequently Asked Questions



Is this an organised event with a mass start like typical events from The Race Organiser?


No, absolutely not. Our responsibility for participant and public safety means that we're not holding any events where groups of people will participate together. This event has been planned with all public health guidance in mind, but in response to many runners who have been in touch with us to see if there are ways we can help motivate and inspire their running during COVID-19 restrictions. 


City Scramble requires all runners to observe all physical distancing rules and health advice, with no timed start, finish or requirement to gather anywhere on run routes. Participant numbers are strictly limited to ensure no noticeable presence of additional runners on the streets nor at the secret finish points. If your preferred borough route is sold out, please consider running in a neighbouring area or waiting for the next City Scramble event.


Where do we run?


Choose from any one of the 33 London Boroughs – either the one you live in, or any that you can get to easily on foot or by bicycle. Each borough and route has a set of 6-10 clue spots that you must connect with your run. 


With our recommended routes, we’ve worked out the shortest and fastest possible distance between the clue spots in each borough. The start and finish are set to ensure every runner completes a loop (and so that your secret finish point isn't too far away). 


You can view the provisional recommended routes using this map tool, by selecting the borough you want to see from the drop down 'Run Course' menu on the top right of the map. Please note, these routes could see minor changes. Once entered, your final map will be issued by email on Monday 13 July.


On the streets, routes will be unmarked - without signage or marshals, you should ensure you are able to access your route map throughout your run.


You can take a scenic route going any way you like, as long as you hit all of the clue spots and complete a loop between the start and finish, before reaching the secret finish point. 


Routes that do not go by all clue spots and reach the secret finish point will not eligible for the official results board.


The London Boroughs where we have 5K and 10K route options:

Barking and Dagenham 
Hammersmith and Fulham 
City of London
City of Westminster
Tower Hamlets
Kensington and Chelsea
Waltham Forest


Not sure which borough route might be most convenient for you? You can view a London-wide map of all borough routes here


Who can we run with?


Run solo, with members of the same household or genuinely and safely socially distanced with a running buddy.


When do we start?


You can start any time from 09:00 on the race day and have to complete your route before 1.00pm. You can submit your run to the results platform once you've got back home and recovered. Submit anytime from 9am Saturday to 9am Monday. Details of how to submit your result will be given in your information email on Monday 13 July. 


When do we get the clues?


Clues for each route will be sent by text to your phone at 09:00 on race day. You will need a smartphone to be able to view your clues. The City Scramble team will be available to help if you are struggling to find any of the locations or clues on the day - details of how you can communicate on the day will sent in your final instructions email on Monday 13 July . Each clue will only be solvable by reaching the clue spot. 


When do we get the medal?


Medals will be posted out shortly after the event to the address you provide at registration.