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Somerset runners urged to join Team Red Cross in Berlin and Paris marathons

For immediate release  Tuesday 10th January
For further information Megan Ruddlesden, Community Fundraiser Somerset
Contact number  01823 273713

The British Red Cross is looking for Somerset runners to sign up to a New Year challenge.

There are places available on both the world famous Paris Marathon on Sunday, April 15, and the Berlin Marathon on Sunday, September 30.

A space costs £100 to register and runners are challenged to raise £1000 in sponsorship. All the money raised will help people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are.

Megan Ruddlesden, community fundraiser for Somerset, said: “Paris and Berlin are undoubtedly two of the biggest and most popular marathons in Europe so why not join the Red Cross team and experience the thrill of completing a personal challenge while also raising vital funds for the charity.”

The Paris marathon starts at the Champs Elysees and travels past the Louvre by the banks of the River Seine before snaking past Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower. The finish line is at the stunning Arc de Triomphe.

Berlin’s marathon is a flat, fast course taking runners on a fantastic tour of the city’s greatest landmarks, including the Reichstag, Potsdamer Platz and the Brandenburg Gate.

Though the Red Cross can not assist with transport and accommodation, runners will receive support every step of the way with fundraising ideas, training advice and their very own British Red Cross running vest.

Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment.

Sign up online at or for more information please contact Alex Carley in the British Red Cross National Events Team on 0844 412 2877 or e-mail


Notes to editors

Pictures of marathon runners available on request.

For more information on the British Red Cross please visit:

The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies.

We enable vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help them to recover and move on with their lives.


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