Running

We rely on the tireless efforts of our fundraisers to keep our important work going. In return, we do our best to support them in those fundraising efforts.

On this page, you will find information on running for charity. We’ve offered some tips on getting started safely, links to running clubs across the country and details of organised events you can sign up for. Whether you are thinking taking part in a 5k run, a marathon, or anything in between, we’re so grateful and want to help.

Training

If you haven’t done much running before, but want to give it a go, it might be worth joining a running club. There, you will meet experienced runners who can guide you through getting started. It could also be a good group of people to approach for sponsorship money, as they’ll see at first hand just how much effort you’re putting in.

One of the benefits of running is that it doesn’t require much specialist equipment. It can, however, be worth investing in a decent pair of running shoes and a sports bra. Both will give you support where you need it and help to prevent injury.

If you are just starting out, start slowly and don’t do more than you are comfortable with. There are lots of training plans available online to help you get started.

There are lots of websites set up for experienced runners and those just starting out. www.therunningbug.co.uk offers forums and message boards, a list of events at different distances all around the country and training plans for beginners, intermediate and advanced training plans.

Raising money

If you are planning to take part in a run to raise money for the Maria Falco Trust, you can set up a JustGiving sponsorship page at www.justgiving.com. You’ll get your own weblink to send out to friends, family, colleagues and anyone else who might sponsor you. It lets you set a target fundraising amount and shows visitors to the site how close you are to reaching your target.

To make the most of your hard work and raise as much money as possible, it can be worth publicising your efforts on social media sites, such as Twitter and Facebook or even starting your own blog to document your journey.

Best of luck with your efforts. And thank you, again.