In the early 1980’s when the London Marathon began, so too did running for charity. Now you have little chance of getting a place in London unless you are prepared to run for a charity.
For the charities this is marvellous, for the runner too there can be many advantages.
Raising funds with thousands of others in the weeks leading up to the marathon can be most rewarding. You will be part of a team and feel supported by the charity and by your family and friends who are sponsoring you. On days when it is a struggle to train you will be able to remember who you are doing this for and suddenly you don’t feel so bad. You will be motivated knowing that you are helping others.
Many charities will support you with kit, training advice and make you feel part of their team. Apart from the money you raise you will also be an ambassador for that charity – raising awareness for them. By choosing a charity with which you have a personal connection or genuine interest, both raising funds and the training becomes easier.
It’s a ‘win win’ situation the charities win and at the same time so many people can improve their personal health and fitness. So, why not give it a go – find an event and pledge your support. What a great way to get the exercise habit.
The Great Midlands Fun Run has just announced this weekend that the total raised in 2011 was £228,100!
At SE Fitness we are currently choosing which charity to support in 2012. This year we are on target to raise £2,000 which is a 25% increase on last year. And are our members healthier than last year? – a resounding YES.