Here are just four reasons to run for the British Red Cross...
1. You'll get "excellent" support
“The Great Scottish Run was the first 10K I had taken part in, and being able to raise over £300 for the British Red Cross gave me that extra push and sense of pride on race day. The support was excellent from start to finish – it is an experience I'd urge anyone to try.”
Stuart McNally, Great Scottish Run participant.
2. We're a friendly, supportive bunch
"Really good emails and phone calls in the lead up to the event provided encouragement and motivation. All the volunteers I had contact with were very friendly and welcoming - just what you needed at the end of the run." Toni Kennedy, Great North Run participant.
3. Anyone can do it
“For me, an absolute non-runner, taking on a 5K was a challenge. In fact it was my physio goal after my knee operation. Completing the Great Winter Run meant a lot to me, but I wanted it to mean more so I ran for the Red Cross and raised nearly £300.”
Claire Radford, Great Winter Run participant.
4. You will help people when they need it most
"Knowing that the support of the Red Cross was there helped us enormously, and I am doing the marathon to say thank you and raise as much money as possible to help people in similar situations.” Louise Hurrand, Boxing Day Tsunami survivor.
How can a sponsored run help?
Doing a run might set your blood pumping, but it could also help someone when their heart fails them. £800 could pay for a defibrillator for use by our UK emergency response teams.
Sponsored run fundraising tips
• Register for a run on our events pages. There are lots of different lengths to suit varying levels of fitness.
• Set up a Virgin Money Giving page.
• Take a sponsorship form with you wherever you go.
• Ask for sponsorship using social media, email or in person.
• Tell people about your run and your reasons for doing it. Make sure they understand why it will be a challenge for you and explain why you want to raise money for the Red Cross.
• Update your online sponsorship page and send an email to sponsors after the event. It’s important to let people know how it went and say thank you.