Virtual Cake Auction

  • 19th November 2020

Event Details

  • Date:
  • Categories:

Normally at the end of November, in celebration of the club’s ‘birthday’, we would hold a 10K birthday run followed by cake auction for charity. This year, it won’t be possible to hold the group run but we’ve decided to still hold a virtual cake auction in aid of our chosen charity, Essex & Herts Air Ambulance!

How will it work?

We’ll hold the auction online the weekend of 28th – 29th November. This should give everyone the opportunity to make a bid if they’d like. You will be able to see the list of different bakes on offer and submit your bid for the one you fancy – but keep checking back if you can, as someone might outbid you! Each cake will have a suggested starting bid that can guide how much you are willing to bid. All proceeds will be donated to Essex & Herts Air Ambulance.

How can I get involved?

Bakers: please email social(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign) to express your interest in baking a cake to auction for charity. If possible please include these details:

  • What you plan to bake (i.e. Victoria sponge)
  • How many servings (for example, if you are making brownies & there will be 10 brownies, or if you’re making a sponge cake & there will be roughly 8 slices)
  • Any special dietary notes (is your bake gluten-free, contains nuts etc? Not compulsory but useful to know)
  • What you would suggest as starting bid – to help our auctioneers to list the bakes


If you’re interested in taking part in bidding on the day it would be great if you could pre-register by emailing X to express interest & allow us to keep a record of your email address.

Lucky dip:

We realise that with an online-only event, the lack of live peer pressure might lead to some cakes going unsold! So, we thought that anyone who would like to end up with a cake but doesn’t mind which can buy a lucky dip ticket in advance for £5. At the end of the auction, we will allocate any unsold cakes across the lucky dip winners so you’ll end up with something at least and will have contributed to our club charity at the same time.

To opt for a lucky dip ticket, please email social(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign) with ‘Lucky dip’ in the subject line. Do mention in case you have any allergies or dietary restrictions so we can match you with a suitable cake.

How do I get my hands on my cake?

The cake bakers will be anonymous during the bidding process but once the auction closes on Sunday night, we’ll inform the successful top bidder on each cake that they’ve won, and ask them to pay the pledged amount via the Royston Runners website.

We’ll put the winning bidder in contact with the baker and you can then arrange a time to collect or drop off the cake between yourselves in the days following 29th November, making sure that Covid-19 government guidance is followed with a contact-free drop-off. This means the baker doesn’t even need to bake the cake until after the auction has closed if they prefer to wait! If transport is a problem, please let the Social Committee know and we’ll try to help.