Everything you need to know
When is the Run ?
The human cows and people pigs will be let out of their pens at 11.00am on Sunday 29 April, 2018.
Where is the Run ?
The race starts at Freightliners Farm - an 8 minute walk from Caledonian Road or Highbury and Islington stations.
The route is 5km around Islington, taking in some of the official droving routes from the old cattle market.
The race finishes in Paradise Park, which adjoins Freightliners City Farm.
How do I register ?
There is one way to register, which is through this website. To register, click here, and choose to join Team Cow or Team Pig, paying the registration fee and reserving your place in one go.
Once you have registered we will
· Email you details of how to set up your own fundraising webpage,
· Tell you how to collect your chosen suit – cow or pig – from the farm,
· Send you lots of ideas (like a cow vs pig quiz) to help you fundraise.
How much does it cost?
The registration fee for each runner is £25, which covers the costs of the event and the cow or pig suit which you get to keep. If you have participated in a previous year's race and want to re-use your suit, you can sign-up for only £10!
How much do I have to raise?
The target for each runner is £100. We will help you with lots of fundraising ideas in the lead up to the run. Our total target is to raise over £10,000 for the farm. Break it in to smaller chunks and we have lots of confidence that we can do this. Each runner finding just ten people to donate £10 each will get us to the target.
Can I walk ?
Of course. This is a fun event, not a race.
The real cows and pigs didn't often run through around Islington - especially after some of them had been walked to London for sale in the markets from as far afield as Wales!
How long will it take ?
That depends on your pace. If you're the legendary Ethiopean runner Haile Gebrselassie, you might hope to do it in less than 13 minutes. But we will be running around streets with care needed when crossing roads.
An "average" walking pace (as used by the British Heart Foundation) is 5 km per hour, and so walkers may well take no longer than an hour. But don't rush off - there will be a warm welcome at the farm for all cows and pigs.
Keeping the farm open to the public for free, six days a week is a huge task. We spend over £220,000 each year on looking after the animals, site maintenance and supporting local vulnerable or isolated people to participate in their community. All funds raised will go towards these activities.
How will the money be used by the farm?
Can I enter as a team ?
How do we enter the team competions?
Yes all the runners will choose to run as a cow or a pig when registering and will join their animal's team. There will be up to 100 runners of each animal. If you want to register with friends to join the same side, each friend should just choose the same animal. Each person can set up an individual fundraising web page, with their progress being shown on the Team Cow or Team Pig page.
If you want to join the team competition you need 4-8 team members and you'll have a fundraising target of £1000 for the team. To register a team please contact us via email to and we will send you a team registration form and invoice for the total registration fee for the team based on £25 per runner. You may add more runners up until the close of registration. Each runner will be registered individually and can set up their own fundraising web page (entering the individual fundraiser competition) or you can create a fundraising web page for your whole team. There will be team prizes for the highest fundraising team awarded to the team who has raised the most money, according to the sum of their fundraising pages, by the start of the race and the . Find out if your company offers match funding or corporate sponsorship to bump up your total.
When will i get my suit ?
Suits will be available for collection from the farm during opening hours of 10am - 4pm any day except Mondays when the farm is closed please drop us an email at least 24 hours before so we know to expect you. Or you can collect them at registration on the event day.
The suits are one-size fits all
What size suit can I get ?
Can I wear a sponsors t-shirt ?
Yes, if they have helped you get over the target of £100.
Can I personalise my
We actively encourage it! The best dressed cow and pig will each win a prize as selected by our judges at the start line.
Can I keep my costume ?
Yes, but if you don't want them we will make sure they go to a good home.
Will there be a party ?
Yes thanks to our lovely sponsors and the farm cafe staff and volunteers. After the finish we will be rewarding the cows and pigs with some yummy treats, there will be an area to relax in the farmyard, and you can say hello to the real animals in Freightliners City Farm.
Are there any age limits?
Runners must be 14 or over, and those aged 14 to 17 must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years old. It's not possible to accept younger runners. There is no upper age limit so long as you feel fit enough to take part.
Can I enter and not dress up ?
If you don't want to do the cow or pig thing, but still want to help, you can help us to steward the event - ensuring all our runners find their way around the course safely. Email to volunteer! Or you can always donate to the farm directly here, and come along on the day to cheer on the runners.
If there's anything you'd like to know, please complete this form to ask us a question.
The contact email is staffed by volunteers, so an instant response may not be possible, but we do our best to get back to enquiries within 48 hours.