This week, I'm going to be talking about something very close to my heart indeed. Charity runs. Those wonderfully fun, heart warming and also heartbreaking days when runners of all abilities unite to raise money and awareness for those well deserving charities that mean so much to us as individuals.
My regular readers are already aware of my involvement with the Stroke Association, and the wonderful work they do. On October 9th I will be donning my running vest for the 5th consecutive year, and come rain or shine, you can be sure the Barge Arse Runner will be whizzing round that course like, yep, you guessed it, a slug through marmite.
Another favourite and one to mention is Market Drayton 10k. Voted the best in the UK, it really does not disappoint. You can run it just for fun, or raise some cash for your chosen cause. I ran it one year with Spiderman, the Incredible Hulk, and a giant banana. Great fun. Take someone with you though, because the goody bag at the end is immense.
There are so many charities out there, so whichever you can relate to, or has touched you personally, have a look on their website and find an event near you. The registration fees vary, and they should give you all the support you need, especially if you are a new runner. Standing at the start line in your charity vest is a very proud moment. At the time of going to press, I am planning my next race to raise funds for the UK Sepsis Trust. Watch this space people, I will keep you up to date on proceedings!
So race day arrives, after months of training, and there you are at the start line. The support is immense, and atmosphere electric. What I particularly love about these events is the camaraderie of all those involved, some serious runners, some people in fancy dress, but ALL there for one purpose. To feel they are doing something for someone, and with all the bad things that happen in the world, I can't help thinking that's a pretty wonderful thing.
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