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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

Raywood tames the Royal Parks half

Over the past few months we’ve received updates from first-time half marathon runner Dan Raywood.

Well, a couple of months ago Dan took to the start of the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon, raising money for NSPCC and Childline. We heard from Dan soon after he crossed the finishing line in Hyde Park:

“I finished the Royal Parks half marathon in 2 hours and 43 minutes. The experience was really something I had not experienced before – streets lined with friends and families of the 12,000+ runners, noisy charity workers (in a good way) including my chosen charities, the NSPCC and Childline, whose encouragement pushed me on at mile 12.

“The experience was fantastic, despite the early start and cold, muddy conditions, I got going around 9:45 and the first 9/10 miles went well. I ran my fastest mile to date (10 minutes 40 seconds) in mile 1. I would say all went well until around mile 9 or 10 when my legs really started hurting and my thighs went to sleep. But I pushed myself on.

“Crossing the line as any runner will say, is an incredible experience and this was no different. I cannot fault anything about the organisation of the Royal Parks Foundation, it was fantastic from beginning to end.

“As for my next step? I have some plans for December but nothing into next year. However I hold fast on my ‘not doing a marathon’ promise, maybe that is my aching feet talking!

“Final thing I want to say is the about three groups of people I did this for: the first is obviously me, as I always wanted to do this but never felt capable enough to do it until I actually tried.

Secondly – the charities for whom I raised over £1,500  in sponsorship. A big thanks to everyone who backed me.

Third is you reading this – if you want to do something like this, then I say you can. Hey I’ve  done it!”

Katie Piper’s Royal Parks Half Marathon update

Lots of Virgin Money Giving fundraisers took on the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon last weekend (and you might have seen us cheering runners along by the finish line too).

The lovely Katie Piper has been keeping us up to date with her progress towards to the event last weekend and she’s been back in touch to let us know how it went:

“I did it!   After my 10k in June, I am thrilled to have completed the Royal Parks Half Marathon on Sunday in 2 hours and 10 minutes.   I was a little nervous before as I’d not trained for two weeks, though thankfully, whilst it was a bit of a challenge to do the distance, I got round in a respectable time.

Thank you so much to all who’ve donated on my Virgin Money Giving page and sent me such lovely messages of support – your money will help The Katie Piper Foundation make a positive difference to burns survivors and I’m grateful for all you’ve donated.

Thanks also to the Royal Parks Foundation for providing me with a place.  Here’s the picture of me with my medal – so proud and happy to have done it – not showing you the picture of the enormous blister on my foot though!”

Calling all Royal Parks Half Marathon Fundraisers

Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon

On 7 October 2012, over 12,000 runners will take to the start line of the Royal Parks Half Marathon. If you’re taking part you could be in with a change to win £500 for your chosen charity.

Although the race is seven months away, our research has shown that the earlier you start to fundraise the more you’ll go on to raise. You could try to boost your fundraising by hosting a cake sale or start a blog to let your family and friends know how tough your training is. By keeping your supporters engaged with your journey to the start line they’ll be more likely to want to help you reach your target.

And to help meet your target one lucky runner will see their fundraising efforts boosted by £500.

To be in with a chance to win the £500 for your chosen charity all you have to do is set up your Royal Parks Half Marathon fundraising page on Virgin Money Giving and receive at least one donation before 30 April 2012.

If you’ve not created a page yet, it’s not too late. You can get started and create your page here.

Also, if you’d still like to take part, and missed out on the ballot the official charities have places available, you can find a list of the charities here.

Run the Royal Parks Half Marathon this year in a running shirt designed by you!

Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon

Each year, all runners in the Royal Parks Half Marathon receive a soft breathable running shirt, and the the back of the shirt features an inspirational design.

The Royal Parks are looking to find an exciting new design to take to the streets of London on Sunday, October 7, 2012.

The chosen designer will also win two coveted Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon race places for the 2012 event, a magnum of Champagne and two VIP invitations to rub shoulders with the stars in the exclusive hospitality tent in the festival village.

To find out more about the competition and how to get your design submitted by Wednesday 15 February visit the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon website.

Good luck for the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon

Virgin Money Giving Cheering Team

It’s the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon this weekend, and we’d like to wish everyone taking part on Sunday the best of luck!

Our team will be there too handing out ‘bang bang’ sticks and cheering boards amongst the supporters to help them enourage along all the runners as well as making as much noise as we can too.

You’ll find Sean, David, Kim, Emma, James and Antony around the start finish area so send your friends and family in our direction if they need any cheering supplies!

Thanks to our friends at adidas, we’ll be wearing the new 2011/12 Virgin Money Giving outdoor range as modeled by the team above.

Don’t forget to update your fundraising page after the event to tell people how the run went, and a new photo of you in your running kit and medal before that final push for sponsors!

Best of luck everyone

Run the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon as a team – places available

The Royal Parks Half Marathon, Sunday 9 October 2011

Fed up spending five days a week sitting at your desk, working through lunch and staying late? Need an exciting challenge to inspire your workplace?

Public places in the 2011 Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon sold out earlier this year, however there are still a limited number of ‘corporate challenge’ places available.

Why not gather together your work mates and enter a corporate team in this year’s race on Sunday 9 October 2011?

Starting and finishing in Hyde Park, the beautiful 13.1 mile route races through four of London’s stunning Royal Parks (Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, The Green Park and St James’s Park) and offers runners magnificent views of some of the capital’s most iconic landmarks along the way, including Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, Marble Arch and the Royal Albert Hall.

Visit to sign up, or for more details contact Phee Jones at the Royal Parks Foundation on or 0300 061 2037.

Once you’ve got your places don’t forget to create your team fundraising page here:

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