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Bored of organised challenges? The Essex Jailbreak is different.

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, the annual Essex Jailbreak is a unique fundraising challenge.. because it is up to you and your team to come up with your escape plans…

Keep it simple or make it really complicated… dress up or dress down… plan ahead or wing it on the day… all you have to do it get as far as you can in 15 hours!

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 decision is 100% down to you.

This is a chance for you and your partners in crime to raise money for two charities:

Essex Boys and Girls Clubs and another charity of your choice.


WHEN IS IT?

Saturday 14th April 2018, 8am until midnight.


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


WHY DO IT?

  • It’s AWESOME fun!
  • It’s a challenge – how far can YOU go? And how much fun can you have along the way?
  • 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 EBGC 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!
  • 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.
  • Our staff 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 the EBGC team, 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 40 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.


HOW DO I DECIDE WHERE TO GO AND HOW?

Here are some different approached 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.

– tour as many places as possible along a certain theme – perhaps premiership football clubs, roads with silly names, matching businesses, whatever floats your boat…

– 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.

– 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 and the rail and bus networks.

– make it virtual – head to your gym or clubhouse for a virtual marathon on rowing machines, exercise bikes, running machines or circuit training. Get online and challenge overseas opponents.

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?

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

> To collect sponsorship OFFLINE, please contact the office

> Half the sponsorship money raised is to be paid to EBGC, the other half to a charity of your choice.

> Details of sponsorship to be finalised and payment of the EBGC share to be made by than 18th April 2018.


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!


SIGN ME UP!

Click on this link to complete a booking form:  Jailbreak 2018 Entry Form

Once you have filled in this form either send it to Natasha at NatashaW@essexboysandgirlsclubs.org or post it to our office (address available on our website!)


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 2018.


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