Commonly Asked Questions

General Race Night Questions
How does a race night work?

How much should I sell the individual race tickets for?
How do I work out the 'tote' payout for the winning tickets?
Are video race nights legal in the UK?


Ordering and Product Questions
How do I place an order for a race pack?

What is your turnaround time for completing an order?
How are the race packs sent?
What forms of payment do you accept?
We hold a regular event. Will we get the same races?
Where can we send feedback?
Do you have a list of race night operators who will run the event for us?
Who is responsible for a DVD containing spelling mistakes?
















General Race Night Questions
How does a race night work? 
Normally 6 to 8 races are run throughout the evening. Prior to each race – tickets are sold from the ‘tote’. Normally after 5mins betting is closed and the race is run via large video screen. The results are announced with the subsequent winning ticket holders returning to the ‘tote’ to collect their share of the winnings.

For added ways to fund raise - in each race each runner can be sponsored by individual or companies, while for the last race the runners are normally ‘auctioned’ off to the highest bidders on the night. With the eventual winning owner walking away with a nice cash prize from what was taken in from the auction. 

How much should I sell the individual race tickets for? 
Ideally as much as your guests would be prepared to pay – however for a normal fundraising event either 50p or £1 would be suitable. The reasoning is – is that they can always buy more than one ticket (and they should be urged to do so) while if you set the price at say £5 then many people will be put off from spending any money.

How do I work out the 'tote' payout for the winning tickets? 
All our packages come with an easy to understand tote payout calculation sheet which will help you work out the correct payments. However here is a quick example:

  1. Agree to keep a certain % (say 50%) for your fundraising efforts.
  2. Say you sell in total for Race 1 – 100 tickets @ £1 each giving you a total amount of £100. Therefore after taking away 50% (ie: £50) for fundraising you will have £50 that can be paid to the eventual winners.
  3. Say Runner No. 6 won the race – where you sold 10 winning tickets.
  4. The payout per winning ticket would simply be the £50 divided by 10 winning tickets = £5.



Are video race nights legal in the UK?
 
Yes they are legal in the UK and in many countries around the world. In certain countries actual money cannot be used during the event however this can be replaced with monetary donations and the use of ‘fun money’.

A correctly run race night can be classed as a lottery – as defined in Schedule 11 of the Gambling Act 2005. The races are quite simply an entertaining way to select a number at random with no odds or form indicated prior to the closing of the purchase of the race tickets. The actual races should not be the sole inducement for people to attend. Things such as a club meeting, sports presentation, quiz or buffet should also be run in conjunction with the racing.

Further information on the legalities of running a video race night can be found here on the Department of Culture, Media and Sport’s website.


Ordering and Product Questions
How do I place an order for a race pack? 
First you will need to register and login with your username and password. Once you are logged in simply click the ‘fill in the order form’ link from the yellow ‘Online Shopping’ box located on the upper right hand of our website. Then follow the easy to understand instructions. Once you’ve started to fill out our order form you are welcome to save it and then come back later (for example to personalise the runners names) to complete the process.

What is your turnaround time for completing an order? 
Although we aim for a 7 day turnaround – the simple answer is “the earlier the better”. You should try to place your order online at least 14 days before your event. For events in countries apart from UK please allow up to 28 days.

How are the race packs sent? 
Fun Nights Inc dispatches all race packs from the UK through the Royal Mail’s  'Special Next Day Delivery' ensuring delivery before 1pm next day during the mid week along with a full tracking service. While international orders are dispatched through their service called 'Airsure' which is a popular means by UK based companies to complete priority overseas deliveries.

What forms of payment do you accept?  
We accept payment through our online ordering facility – by debit/credit cards including Visa (Credit and Debit), Mastercard, Electron, UK Maestro and Solo. We do accept payment by cheque but it must have cleared before we send your completed order. We do not accept payment by invoice.

We hold a regular event. Will we receive different races? 
Yes. Many schools, clubs and charities annually fund raise through video race nights. We are fully aware that you have a large choice of suppliers and therefore we ensure that you receive different races with every subsequent order. All we ask is that you use the same registered account details for ongoing orders so that we can identify which races you have been given previously.

Where can we send feedback?
We welcome feedback – both with regards to how successful your event was as well as our products and services. Simply complete our short email survey (less than 5mins) that we will be sending you after your race night.

Do you have a list of race night operators who will run the event for us?
Some clubs and organisations are lacking in confidence when it comes to running a race night – either with respect to the equipment required or perhaps the best methods for maximising the funds raised.

There are many race night operators who have the specific equipment and experience to run one of our Fun Nights Inc race nights on your behalf. Simply explain to them what you would like them to do and they will in most cases be more than happy to give you a quote.

We have a regularly updated list of race night operators so please get in touch.

Who is responsible for a DVD containing spelling mistakes?  
When you place an order – any personalised wording that you have requested will be printed on the literature as well as the race DVD – based on what you have typed – correct spelling or otherwise. As a rule, unless it is an obvious spelling mistake we do not change the wording. The person that placed the order is responsible however please bear in mind that we retain the right to make any alterations we deem appropriate – eg: racial suggestions, demeaning words etc.