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Runners in the 2008 London Marathon

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. 



Gilbert Ozuzu competing in the Great North Run

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