The Race FAQs
Have a question about The Race? Check out our frequently asked questions below.
1. How do I sign up as a Team Captain?
2. How do I sign up as a Team Member?
3. Can I take on the The Race by myself?
4. Is there a minimum age limit for The Race?
5. Will I receive regular emails from The Prince’s Trust?
6. What is The Race?
7. Which Bannatyne Health Clubs can I take part at?
8. Do I need to be an experienced cyclist?
9. What happens on the day?
10. What happens if I can't make it on the day?
11. What do I need to bring?
12. How are the relay positions allocated?
13.How early should I arrive?
14. Will I be able to find out how far I traveled in my time slot?
15. Are any refreshments provided?
16. Are there any toilets and showers available?
17. Is there any parking available at the Bannatyne Health Clubs?
18. Do I have to fundraise?
19. How do I fundraise online?
20. Can I raise sponsorship using another online provider?
21. How do I reach our £500 team sponsorship target?
22. How do I send in the sponsorship I have collected?
Registering for The Race is quick and simple. Simply head to our website and click the sign up now button. As a Team Captain, you’ll need to decide your Bannatyne Heath Club location, create a Team Name and Password and then it will just take a few minutes to register your team (don’t forget to have your credit or debit card handy).
After you have registered the team, you will need to submit a few more details as the Team Captain, and then you can simply share the team location and password with your friends.
Log in to your “Manage my Registration” area to see who has signed up to your team, and how many places you have left to fill. If your company is paying for your registration fee, the Team Captain will be sent a unique link and password to begin the team registration by your Company Administrator.
Please note that the registration fee is non-refundable.
Your Team Captain will send you an email with a unique link to register.
Head to our website and click the sign up now button.
Select your location and “Claim a Team Place” You will need to know your Team Password to join a team – your Team Captain will share this information with you.
Please note that team spots are allocated on a first come first served basis. Your Team Captain may invite more than the three individuals required to take part, so sign up quickly!
If one hour isn’t quite enough for you to feel the burn, then you can take on the four hour challenge by yourself, with The Race Ultra.
Simply head to our website and click the sign up now button for The Race Ultra in your chosen location.
It will just take a few minutes to register your participation (don’t forget to have your credit or debit card handy).
Please note that the registration fee is non-refundable.
All cyclists taking part in The Race must be 18 years of age or older on the day of the event.
We’ll be in touch regularly with any updates you need to know about, so please make sure you read our emails. We’ll also give you some great tips on training and fundraising. The event
The Race is a blood pumping, sweat inducing team gym-bike battle. Take your seat at Bannatyne Health Clubs and race the nation.
A fun, yet challenging event, The Race sets relay race teams of four against each other to determine who can cycle the furthest over a four hour distance.
The Prince’s Trust have partnered with Bannatyne Heath Club to host locations across the UK in Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, London, and Manchester.
Each team must raise at least £500 which will go directly to support young people across the UK to transform their lives, giving them the practical and financial support needed to stabilise their lives, helping develop self-esteem and skills for work.
The Race is open to anybody over the age of 18 who is up for a challenge and raising money for a great cause.
Take your pick from:
- Belfast Mertoun Hall, 106 Belfast Road, Holywood, Belfast, BT18 9QY
- Birmingham Brindley Place 3 Brunswick Arcade, Brindley Place, Birmingham, B1 2JF
- Bristol 80 Redland Road, Redland, Bristol, BS6 6AG
- Edinburgh City Centre 43 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3NH
- London Tower 42 21B Old Broad Street, London, EC2N 1HQ
- Manchester Quay Street Sunlight House, Quay Street, Manchester, M3 3JU
No, The Race is open to all abilities and paces. As long as you are comfortable and confident riding on a static bike for one hour, then sign up!
Training is not essential for the event, but recommended. We will provide training plans and tips to help you be as ready as possible for event day. On the day
Final details for each location will be sent nearer the event date. As a minimum, you need to onsite for the duration of the warm-up and your allocated hour-long time slot.
There will be space available at every location for you to warm up, have refreshments, and cheer on your team mates.
If you are a Team Captain, please email The Race team or call 0207 543 1370 to let us know if you would like to withdraw your team. Please note that your registration fee is non-refundable.
If you are a Team Member, please speak to your Team Captain who will be responsible for reallocating the place.
All you will need to bring on the day is appropriate gym wear, trainers and enthusiasm! Water, towels and a Race Power Pack will be provided.
The team positions (1,2,3,4) are automatically allocated in the order you register in. However, the order you compete in on the day is up to you and your team mates.
As a minimum, you need to arrive 15 minutes before your timeslot. You are more than welcome to be on site to cheer your team mates on for the duration of The Race.
Your Technogym bike will track your mileage as you cycle. At the end of each session, leader boards will be updated to reflect your result, and your team position in The Race.
Water and refreshments will be provided on the day.
Yes, toilets and showers (including towel usage) are available.
If you require a parking space, please enquire directly with your Bannatyne Health Club location. Fundraising
Each team taking part in The Race, and every individual taking part in The Race Ultra, must commit to fundraising a minimum of £500. All riders must fundraise exclusively for The Prince’s Trust.
The easiest way to fundraise for The Race is to use a JustGiving page. You can find details on how to set up your page in this JustGiving fundraising guide. Once you have set up your fundraising page you will automatically be added to our dedicated The Race page which means you are part of our fundraising community and you will appear in our fundraising leader board.
Team Captains must set up a team page and invite people to join you, more details on how to do this can be found in this JustGiving team guide. Once you have set up your team, you can find additional tips on how to personalise and share your team.
Make your page as interesting as possible by adding photos and videos and letting everyone know why you’re raising money for vulnerable young people through doing The Race.
Share your page on Facebook and Twitter and email it to your friends and family. More and more donations are being made via social media, so be sure to share a link to your page. Allow your supporters to donate by text using JustTextGiving. Texts are free and 100% of the donation, plus Gift Aid, goes to charity.
Don’t forget you can also use the JustGiving app on your iPhone or Android to update your page. You can also use this handy fundraising checklist to make sure you have everything covered.
We would prefer you to use JustGiving. Over 21 million people have raised £1.5 billion for charity on JustGiving. The site makes online fundraising simple, fast, effective and fun. If however you would like to use another provider please do speak to us so we can ensure we'll recognise your fundraising efforts when they arrive (not all sites send through fundraiser details).
We are here to help you fundraise every step of the way. The Prince’s Trust ask that everyone team taking part in The Race, and every individual taking part in The Race Ultra, commit to fundraise a minimum of £500. Check out our fundraising tips for ideas to help you hit your target.
All sponsorship collected on JustGiving will be directly transferred to us. If you have collected any cash or cheques in support of your fundraising you can send in this offline money to us at the following address:
The Events Team, The Prince’s Trust, Prince's Trust House, 9 Eldon Street, London EC2M 7LS.
Please make sure cheques are made payable to ‘The Prince's Trust’ and include a reference (i.e. your full name and your team name) so we know which record to allocate the money to.