Participating in a sponsored event is a great way to raise money towards your target and get fit and have fun (yes it is possible -check out some alternative events below!) all at the same time!
What can I do?
There are loads of different events out there from a marathon to an assault course, there is something for you! Check out a couple of examples below:
- Zombie Earth – based in Leicester this is a 2-3 hour run where you’re chased by zombie’s, 30th November.
- The Great Winter Run – 5km run in Edinburgh around Holyrood Park, January 11th.
- The Major Series – a 5 or 10 kilometre assault course around the countryside involving numerous different obstacles from streams of water to hurdles to giant water slides. They are held in Leeds, Tunbridge Wells and in Shropshire (and coming to Scotland soon) in October and March.
- Deerstalker – Peebleshire, 15th March, 5 kilometre light run and 10 kilometre dark run, both with obstacles, the night run aka ‘THE MIGHTY DEERSTALKER is finished with a band and camping.
- Liverpool Half Marathon – 23rd March 2014
- Sheffield Marathon/Half Marathon/Fun Run – April 6th 2014
- Greater Manchester Marathon – 6th April 2014
- Tough Mudder London West – an extreme alternative running event with hardcore obstacles designed by the Special Forces, note this is not for the faint hearted – only 78% of entrants complete the course, make sure you check out their video!! April 6th & 7th
- Rat Race Road Trip – a bike ride from London to Edinburgh, 440 miles in total… you may need to get training quite far in advance for this one! 2nd – 5th May 2014
- Great Manchester 10km Run – 18th May 2014
- Edinburgh Marathon – 24th/25th May 2014, you can also run a half marathon, 10 kilometre or 5 kilometre stretch if you’re not feeling too energetic!
- Mersey Tunnel 10 Kilometres – 8th June 2014, Liverpool
- Tough Mudder Midlands – n extreme alternative running event with hardcore obstacles designed by the Special Forces, note this is not for the faint hearted – only 78% of entrants complete the course, make sure you check out their video!! July 12th and 13th 2014
- The Colour Run 2014 – a five kilometre run where entrants are covered in paint at each kilometre marker. Events not yet announced for 2014.
“To raise money for my VESL experience last year the main thing I did was to run a half marathon. My family and friends sponsored me very generously which spurred me on to complete the race and it was a great experience.” Eve Hadshar
“I entered the Edinburgh Half Marathon and asked people to sponsor me, the support I received was amazing, and I raised a great amount of money.” Amy Kerr
Libby Hough ran the Mersey Tunnel 10 kilometres in 2012 with her brother and sister and raised over £140 for her target.
Numerous volunteers in 2013 participated in different events including Yasmin Muat who ran the Coventry 10km, Jake Finn who ran the Edinburgh Half Marathon and Samantha Lewis who completed the York 10km, to help them reach their targets.
Set up your Just Giving page and get sharing/emailing. Check out our blog on socialising your fundraising strategy, which includes information on how to set up Just Texting and how to maximise your Facebook and Twitter accounts to fundraise as much as possible.
Your employer may also be willing to sponsor you, especially if you offer to wear a t-shirt with their logo on and/or write on your fundraising page they are supporting you. Some companies will match fund employee fundraising, so it is worth checking out the website of your employer or asking someone in HR. Or if you know a friends company does match fundraising then ask your friend to do the activity with you! Past volunteers have received match funding from Barclays Bank and another volunteer had her whole contribution donated by her employer!