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Run Hackney Half Marathon

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Do you love The Big Smoke and would love to run round the city of London but just can’t commit to running a marathon? Run Hackney Half Marathon could be just the event for you!

The flat, fast half marathon course will take place on 22 June 2014 and runs round the beautiful borough of Hackney. It starts near the famous Hackney Empire, goes along the London Fields and finally meanders through the iconic Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The event is open to all abilities of runners and also include challenges for School Teams and Business Teams, so you can run the event as part of a group.

The official charities for the event are Cancer Research UK and the East End Community Foundation.

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Ro Runner

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Undertaking a race of any kind is some form of a battle. You may be battling to finish the race, to beat your previous time or even to win. For Rohan, he was fighting a battle with his weight and – most difficult of all – with his mental health.

Rohan has experienced depression and bipolar disorder since his late teens. He remembers the times he was told that he was too young to be experiencing mental health problems, or that he couldn’t have depression because he had a job and a family. Rohan points out the startling statistic that suicide is the leading cause of death amongst young men in the UK and says he could not have got through it without the support of his friends and family, and the charity Mind.

Mind are a mental health charity that provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They also campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.

While slowly rebuilding his life, Rohan admits to being overweight and suffering from poor health. He had joined gyms in the past but always felt out of place so stopped going. Deciding not to give himself a chance to get de-motivated, Rohan signed up for the Bupa Great Manchester Run (10k) and Great Birmingham Run (half marathon), publicly stating his intentions so he would be unable to back out.

Although training was extremely hard, since that day Rohan has lost 7  stone and completed, not just the 10k and the half marathon, but a further two half marathons; the Royal Parks and Great North Run getting his time down to 1 hour and 38 minutes.

In order to keep raising money for Mind whilst raising awareness of mental illness, Rohan now has three  further half marathons plus the big one, the 26.2 mile Virgin Money London Marathon, lined up. He says he could never have dreamt that he’d finish a 10k, let alone sign up for an entire marathon, but the results he has seen are his motivation to keep going.

To read more about Rohan’s journey, visit his blog or to sponsor him visit his Virgin Money Giving page.

Quick sand and running quickly

EmmaOn the 6th of October, runners from all across London and beyond will converge in Hyde Park to run the Royal Parks Half Marathon. They will run through some of the most beautiful parks in London – Hyde Park, Green Park, St James’s Park and Kensington Gardens – as well as passing the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament, the Royal Albert Hall and even Buckingham Palace. One of the people running the Royal Parks Half Marathon is 29-year-old Emma Fenney.

Emma began training at the beginning of this year, and has participated in a couple of training races, races that she says “I never thought I’d touch with a barge pole”. Emma was surprised to discover that she actually enjoyed the races and kept on training for the big one, the Royal Parks Half Marathon.

Training for any race has its perils, which Emma knows only too well after a run on Wimbledon Common. Midway through her run, Emma climbed over a fallen tree and was thrust up to her neck into what Emma described as a “marsh-come-bog” but has since reclassified as “quicksand”.

Emma is doing this training and enduring these near-death-experiences to raise money for Womankind. Womankind, which was established in 1989, is a women’s human rights charity. Its aim is to help women in Africa, Asia and Latin America challenge discrimination and violence, and in its 24 year history, has touched the lives of 12 million women and their families.

To help Emma raise money for Womankind, please visit her Virgin Money Giving page

Katie Piper takes on the Royal Parks

After being motivated by successfully completing a 10k run and raising £1,900 for her Foundation earlier this year, and having enjoyed an amazing summer of sport during the Olympics and Paralympics, Katie Piper is stepping up her distance and running the Royal Parks Half Marathon on Sunday 7 October.

The race takes participants through four of London’s Royal Parks and takes in some of the capital’s most historic landmarks, including Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Houses of Parliament and Royal Albert Hall.

We heard from Katie in the lead up to the race:

“I was so honoured to have been invited to carry the Paralympic torch on the day of the events opening ceremony and humbled to see the amazing endeavours and achievements of our Olympians and Paralympians this summer.

“Being new to running, taking part in my first 10k and now moving up to a half marathon has been quite a challenge.

“I’ve had to squeeze the training into my diary, though have really enjoyed every minute of it and I’m nervously hoping to achieve a good time in the Royal Parks Half Marathon.”

Katie is raising money for her charity the Katie Piper Foundation, which makes a positive difference to burns survivors through life-changing treatments and workshops.

Still time to run the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon for charity

On 7 October thousands of runners will take to the start line of the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon.

13.1 Miles through London’s wonderful parks, taking in some of the famous landmarks of the city If you’d like to get a place but weren’t successful in the ballot there’s still time. You could run for one of the charities below that still have guaranteed entries into the event available.

Just pick a charity from the list below and get in touch with them to find out more.

Run for the Abbeyfield Society and help raise funds for vulnerable older people in the UK and across the world. All Team Abbeyfield runners get a running vest and Newsletters and we’ll have a stand in the charity marquee on race day.Register now for just £25 – email events@abbeyfield.com or ring 01727 734125 or 734095 before 10th August.
  Run for Action for Kids and help children and young people up to the age of 26 who have physical and learning disabilities. Action for Kids transform young lives not only by supplying wheelchairs but by providing opportunities for work and training.. All Action for Kids runners will receive a running vest as well as fundraising and training support. email events@actionforkids.org or ring 020 83478111.
  Take to the start line for Anthony Nolan. All runners raising money for the charity will receive a running vest and training and fundraising support, as well as the opportunity for post race refreshment. Contact events@anthonynolan.org or call 0303 3033000.
Run for Bobath Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy and receive a charity t-shirt, fundraising pack and a runner goody bag after the race. Minimum sponsorship is £250. Contact sarah.smith@bobath.org.uk
  Run for Bone Cancer Research Trust and you’ll receive an invitation to the charities post race reception. Email fundraising@bcrt.org.uk or call 0113 2621852
Take to the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon start line for Book Aid International. Email events@bookaid.org or call 020 79788006
Run for Breast Cancer Care. Runners will receive a running vest, training advice and tips from Denise Lewis as well as a newsletter and fundraising tips. Contact sporting@breastcancercare.org.uk or call 08450 920804
  Run for Buttle UK. Email ashleym@buttleuk.org or call the charity on 020 7798 6231
  Take part in the half marathon for Children in Crisis and receive a runners vest, a fundraising pack and a dedicated fundraiser to provide any help and advice you might needs. Email katharinet@childrenincrisis.org
Run for Doctors of the World UK and receive a charity T-shirt as well as a monthly newsletter about the charity and fundraising. Email events@doctorsoftheworld.org.uk or call 020 75157534
 Runners who take part for Epilepsy Action will receive a running vest, tips on fundraising a supporters cheering pack and be invited to a post race reception. Email events@epilesy.org.uk
Run for Fauna and Flora International and receive a running vest. Plus the fundraiser that raises the most money for the charity will receive a prize. Email conal.dougan@fauna-flora.org or call 0122 343 1953
Run for Fishermans Mission. Email fundraising@rnmdsf.org.uk or call 01489 566921
Take part in the race for Forect YMCA and receive a months free membership at Forest YMCA gym. You’ll also receive a t-shirt as well as training and fundraising advice. Email supportus@forestymca.org.uk or call 020 85094632
Run for Greenpeace. Email fundraisinguk@greenpeace.org or call 0800 269065
Run for Habitat for Humanity and receive a fundraising toolkit, support materials as well as a race day t-shirt. Email supporterservices@habitatforhumanity.org.uk or call 020 7627 6863
Take part in the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon for the Institute of Cancer Research and receive a running vest and runners pack as well as a goody bag. Email sports@icr.ac.uk or call 020 7153 5375
Run for International Alert. Email fundraising@international-alert.org or call 020 7627 6863.
Run for diabetes Type 1 charity JDRF. Email events@jdrf.org.uk or call 020 7841 3642.
Run for Kith & Kids. Runners will receive a runners vest as well as training and fundraising advice. Email events@kithandkids.org.uk or call 020 88851517
  Take part in the race for MS Society and receive a training top, training advice from Sally Gunnell , race day support and fundraising support. Email running@mssociety.org.uk or call 0845 481 1577.
Run for Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital and receive a running vest as well as fundraising and training advice in the lead up to the race. Email charbour@noahsarkhospice.org.uk or call 020 84498877
Run for Orchid. You’ll receive a running vest as well as training and fundraising support. Look out for the cheering zone along the route. Email events@orchid-cancer.org.uk
  Run for Practical Action. Runners will receive a running t-shirt and tips. Email events@practicalaction.org.uk or call 01926 634537.
Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity has places in its Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon team. Runners will receive their charity branded running vest as well as refreshments and the chance for a massage at the post race reception. Email anna.thomas@rainbowtrust.org.uk or call 01372 220022.
Run for Save The Children. Runners will receive a running top, fundraising pack and tool kit a goody bag and an invite to the post race reception. Email r.mann@savethechildren.org.uk or call 020 70126833
Scope still has a few places left for runners interested in taking part in the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon. Runners will receive a running top, and a pack including fundraising ideas and training tips. Email events@scope.org.uk or call 020 76197154
Run for Sense. Runners will receive a running vest or t-shirt, as well as a training plan and fundraising tips. Email events@sense.org.uk or call 0845 1270063
  Run for Spinal Research. Email run@spinal-research.org.uk or call 01483 898786.
  Take to the start line for St Marks Hospital Foundation. Runners will receive a training pack and fundraising tips and a running top. Email ruth.wales@nhs.net or call 020 88692371
Run for Starfish Greathearts Foundation. Email hester.enthoven@starfishcharity.org or call 020 75973797
Target Tuberculosis still has places in its running team. Runners will receive fundraising and training support. Email hrayment@targettb.org.uk or call 01273 827070.
  The RNIB has places available. Runners will get a free running top and an invite to its post race reception. contact events@rnib.org.uk or call 0845 3450054.
Run for The Everyman Appeal. Runners will receive a running pack including a running t-shirt and fundraising tips. Email sports@icr.ac.uk or call 020 71535375.
The National Autistic Society still has some places left for this years Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon. As well as a stall at the food festival that runners can visit after their run, runners will get a running vest and fundraising and training advice. Email cecilia.owen@nas.org.uk or call 020 7923 5719.
Tommy’s is looking for runners. They will have a marquee in the festival to meet and greet their runners. Email dganas@tommys.org
UNICEF UK still has places in its team. Runners will receive a fundraising pack a training programme and t-shirt. Email halfmarathon@unicef.org.uk or call 020 7375 6109.
Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) still has a few places left in its team. Runners will receive a fundraising and training tips and a running vest. Email philippa.tree@vso.org.uk or call 020 8780 7301
Whizz-Kidz is still looking to fill its team of keen runners. Runners will be invited to a training day and will receive a training plan and advice from a team coach. Email events@whizz-kidz.org.uk or call 020 7233 9696
  World Child Cancer still has some places in its team. Runners will get a running vest and be able to meet with the charity after the race. Email katie.hammond@worldchildcancer.org or call 020 3176 7891
WWF is looking for fundraisers to take part in Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon. Runners will receive training and fundraising advice and a running top. Email challenges@wwf.org.uk or call 01483 42633
Run for Shelter and get a running vest as well as fundraising and training support. Email running@shelter.org.uk or call 0344 5151190
Run for The Scout Association and receive a running vest and fundraising and training support. Email rachel.jones@scouts.org.uk or call 020 84337231.
Run for Mind and get an invite to their post race marque. Email events@mind.org.uk or call 020 82152246.
Run for MND Association and get yuorself an invite to their post race reception. Email anita.solar@mndassociation.org or call 01604 611832.
Run for King’s College Hospital Charity and receive a running top and fundraising and training support. Email support@togetherwecan.org.uk or call 020 78474701
Run for Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity and receive a running top and fundraising and training support. Email support@togetherwecan.org.uk or call 020 78474701
Run for Matthew’s Friends and receive fundraising support. Email julie@matthewsfriends.org or call 01342 836571
AUTISTICA has some spaces left for keen runners. Runners will receive a t-shirt and fundraising support. Email lynn.hart@autistica.org.uk
ActionAid is offering a a pre and post race meet up for any keen runners. Email run@actionaid.org or call 01460 238 000.
Independent Age is offering training and fundraising support for its runners as well as a t-shirt. Email amy.scrivener@independentage.org or call 020 7605 4287.

Take on the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon as a team

In just over 100 days 12,500 runners will be taking to the start line of one of Britain’s most beautiful city runs – the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon.

If you and your colleagues want to get fit and encourage some healthy competition in the workplace, why not set up a team and take on the Corporate Challenge.

The Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon on Sunday 7 October takes in four of London’s Royal Parks; Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, Green Park and St. James’ Park as well as passing some of the capitals most iconic landmarks including the Houses of Parliament.

To register for the event on Sunday 7 October just visit the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon website.

There must be at least six members in the team – and all must complete the full 13.1 miles. A prize will be awarded for the fastest corporate team and all corporate team runners will also be eligible for the individual prizes on offer.

If you’ve already got a place either for yourself or your team then get started with your fundraising right now.

Meeting Dame Kelly Holmes

Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy TrustThe Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust works across the country, helping disadvantaged young people fulfil their potential and aspirations. It also offers athletes coming to the end of their professional sporting career the chance to learn new skills and put the skills they used in their sporting disciplines into action.

We caught up with Dame Kelly before her training session at Reading FC’s Madejski Stadium for the Reading Half Marathon, where she talked about the great work that the Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust does:

“The Trust helps disadvantaged kids and those not in education or employment. We have around 100 athletes working at the Trust, including former world champions from a variety of disciplines – such as Adam Whitehead, the Commonwealth champion in the 2002 Games and 1998 European Championships for swimming, and Jane Couch – boxing world champion.

Dame Kelly Holmes with Grant from Virgin Money Giving“We have athletes across the country and we try to get to as many different places around the UK as possible. Any money raised in the region is put back into the same area and we have some great links with some of our partnership events – like the Reading Half Marathon.”

Dame Kelly told us that it was not just for young people. “The charity helps to provide the tools for children to fulfil their aspirations but it helps sport people up-skill to set them up after their competitive career is winding down.”

Kelly Holmes explained that many young people on the programme were not in work or education before enrolling in the charity’s Get on Track Programme, which can last for up to 10 weeks.

“We have three key components to our Get on Track programme. Step one is ‘On your Marks’ where the young people are taught communication skills and how to interact with each other. Step two is ‘Get Set’, where they might be given community tasks such as volunteering at a race, such as the Reading Half Marathon. This helps build teamwork and working with and for others. ‘Go’ is the final step, where all those who took part can use the skills they’ve learnt to get back into the school system, to volunteer, become apprentices or enter employment. It’s a celebration of their achievements.

‘We spend 10 weeks with the young people engaging with them, building up their skills. For some of them, setting foot into the building to take part is the hardest task, but we know that if they are still there at the end of the first day, then they are likely to go right through the programme.”

Dame Kelly shared one particular example of Andy from Reading. “He came onto the programme with little self-confidence and was not in education or employment. Now he is a self-employed fitness instructor. We’ve got lots of stories like this and we can really see the change in people after they’ve started – and finished the course. Like I said, the most important thing is getting them there and if they are still in their seat at the end of the first day then we know they will finish the course.

“We’ve seen a real change in the people that have taken part.”

To find out more about the Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust here. And you can support them through Virgin Money Giving.


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