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Essex Jailbreak 2017 is now open for entries!

 

WHEN IS IT?

Saturday 8th April 2017, 8am til midnight.

WHAT IS IT?

It's a race against time to get as far as possible
from HM Prison Chelmsford in just 15 hours,
without spending any money or breaking any laws!

WHO DOES IT?

Anyone and everyone!
It’s a great opportunity for clubs, friends,
businesses and teams to have fun.

WHY DO IT?

1. It's AWESOME fun!
2. It's a challenge - how far can YOU go?
3. To raise money for two good causes:
Essex Boys & Girls Clubs AND the charity of the team’s choice.

WHAT EXACTLY HAPPENS ON THE DAY?

At 8am you arrive at the prison and register with the EBGC team and pose for some press photos.

At 8.50am all the teams get locked inside the main gates of the prison before being let out at 9am to escape! From then on, it's up to you!

You might have planned a route and roped in helpers and freebies along the way. You might not know exactly where you're going but you might have a getaway car standing by. You might hop on a bicycle and use it as a training session. You might walk away in fancy dress with a fundraising bucket. The world is literally your oyster...

Plan ahead, beg, borrow and blag to give your team the advantage!
The only rules are that you can’t spend any money on your escape,
you must not break the law (obviously!) and
there must be at least one person over 18 in the team.

Juliet will be on hand in the office, keeping in touch with teams via Twitter, Facebook and phone and letting the press know how everyone is getting on.

At midnight (or earlier) you must call in your final time and location to Juliet, with evidence (ie: photo, GPS link or signature from a local authority).

HOW MUCH
DOES IT COST?

£15 per team
(Free entry for affiliated youth clubs)

HOW DO I WIN?

In 36 years of running the Jailbreak we've seen all sorts of entries. The best tip is to plan ahead - the more you can arrange/blag in advance the better your chances. Free transport, food and accommodation, as well as support from the press and celebrities, can all help you get further.

Awards Include:
Furthest Distance* Travelled By Any Means - International
Furthest Distance* Travelled By Any Means - within the UK
Furthest Distance* by Non-Powered Means (on foot, bicycle, pogo-stick etc)
Highest Height Reached (excludes airplanes)

Greatest Depths Reached (excludes car, train or tube tunnels)
Most Original / Inventive Form Of Transport
Most Sponsorship Raised
Best Effort By An Affiliated Club
Best Photo Of The Day
Best Photo of EBGC Logo
Best Fancy Dress

Best Use of Social Media
Most Amusing All-round Effort

* Distances are judged as the crow flies and as per mileage given by The AA.

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HOW DO I DECIDE WHERE TO GO AND HOW?

HERE ARE SOME DIFFERENT APPROACHES TO GET YOU THINKING...

- make it about the journey - how far can you walk / cycle / run / pogo?
You might be in fancy dress, carrying collection buckets or using it as a training exercise.

- challenge another team to tour as many places as possible along a certain theme - perhaps premiership football clubs, counties, roads with the same silly name (though if it's dirty we can't print it!), sites of special interest...

- make it about the method of transport - from husky dog sleds to tanks to vintage cars to tandem bicycles to hospital beds on wheels, we've seen lots of clever and hilarious ideas... these all make the day fun and help to raise awareness of the charity you're fundraising for.

- make it attractive to sponsors - persuade a local business to lend you a vehicle and petrol money, or a travel company to give you free bus/train/ferry tickets or even flights! Remember, Stansted, Southend and City Airports are all nearby, plus don't forget the local ports of Harwich and Tilbury.

- make it virtual - head to your gym or clubhouse for a virtual marathon on rowing machines, exercise bikes, running machines or circuit training

And remember, the more fun and interesting you make it the better the story and the more likely the press will be to print it - raising awareness of your club, cause or business!

WHAT DO I DO ABOUT SPONSORSHIP?

> Teams are invited to seek their own sponsorship. It is suggested that it be per unit (one unit can be 1 mile or 10 miles, depending on where you are travelling to) this will mean sponsors will know their maximum commitment.

> To collect sponsorship ONLINE, please join our event on Virgin Money Giving here >

> To collect sponsorship OFFLINE, please download and print the offline sponsorship collection sheet, which must be submitted with funds raised.

> Half the sponsorship money raised is to be paid to EBGC, the other half to a charity of your choice. If all sponsorship is raised online, EBGC can arrange payment of half of monies raised to your second charity.

> Details of sponsorship to be finalised and payment of the EBGC share to be made by than 18th May 2017.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN 'WITHOUT SPENDING ANY MONEY'?

Contestants can take their own money with them for refreshments and return travel only. Sponsorship money should not be used for expenses or travel.

HOW DO I GET BACK?

That's completely up to you - please make sure you think about it before you set off!

WHAT HAPPENS AFTERWARDS?

Once all funds have been collected we arrange a Presentation Evening at a venue in Chelmsford. This will be held by the end of June 2017.

I have more questions...

Contact the team on 01245 264783 or via the Contact Form >