Please support Afasic by taking part in a range of running events across the UK, there is something for all levels from a gentle jog to a full marathon! It’s a great way to get fit and raising money for Afasic gives you that extra added motivation.
London Marathon 2016 – This year we had a team of five brave runners take part in the London Marathon for Afasic. Many congratulations go to Norman Abadiano (who also ran the Brighton marathon the week before), Cara Donaldson, Yolande Maloney, David Manson (who also ran the Paris marathon 3 weeks before) and Holly Strickland. Unfortunately our sixth runner, Stephen Bunce, had to pull out a few weeks before due to injury.
All five starters successfully completed this gruelling event through the streets of London and crossed the finish line to get their well-earned medals. The aches, pains and blisters will all fade, but the knowledge of their achievement will remain – well done all!
We hope to have raised over £10,000 from this year’s London marathon and would like to express our sincere thanks to all of our runners for their hard work on our behalf; through the endless hours of training in the dark, cold, wet and wind; all their fundraising endeavours, and of course to everyone that supported and sponsored them.
Thanks also to Gerard Cummins who ran the Brighton Marathon for Afasic, after successfully running the Great South Run last year.
If you are inspired to take part in the 2017 London Marathon then there are three ways that you can try to get a place:
The London Marathon Ballot – This is only open from 2nd May till 6th May 2016. You will hear in early October if you have been successful.
If you have done a marathon before then you may be eligible for a ‘Good for age place’.
Afasic guaranteed places – we have a number of guaranteed places for each London Marathon and if you want to apply contact Mark Thompson.
Other Marathons that you can enter and run for Afasic include:-
Brighton Marathon – This is one of the UK’s favourite marathons (second only to London in size), with a buzzing atmosphere, roaring crowd, finishing on the Brighton seafront. It also features a mini mile race and 10km so the whole family can get involved. Find out more from their website.
Edinburgh Marathon Festival – This is Scotland’s largest running festival, with 7 races on offer over 2 days including the marathon and team relay. View all the runs on offer on the website.
Bournemouth Marathon Festival Weekend – this great weekend consists of various races including a kids run, 5km, 10km, half marathon and a marathon. Lots of choice, to find out more please visit the website.
If the marathon is not for you, check out these other great events:-
The London Triathlon – Why not try a tri? There are various triathlon events across the country with a range of distances and a team option. Check out the iconic London Triathlon which we have previously had an Afasic team enter before.
South Downs Trail Festival of Running – this great event now gives you the option to do a full marathon, half-marathon or a team relay marathon, running a scenic route from Slindon College to Queen Elizabeth Country Park. To view more details please visit the website.
Rail to Trail Series – All runs are within an hour’s train journey of London- running through stunning countryside. They have 4 different events/locations for you to choose from. Check them out on the website.
Run for All Race Series – various 10km runs and half- marathons taking place in Northern England. For information and details of how to sign up, please visit the website.
The Colour Run – known as the happiest 5km on the planet where participants get covered in different coloured paint throughout the run taking place in various cities in the UK. Find out more from their website.
Big Fun Run – This is a series of 5k fun runs that are taking place across the UK between July and November 2015. To find an event near you and to enter go to the Big Fun Run website.
Great Run Series – For something a bit more challenging, the Great Run series has events from 10k up to half marathon that take place in a range of locations during the year. To find one that suits you and to enter go to the Great Run website. Please note that some events (like the Great North Run) are very popular so it pays to enter early.
Run through events – If you are based in London, have a look at the Run Through events. They have various events throughout the year at different locations in London of varying distances- 5km, 10km and half marathon events. Find out more on their website.
Vitality Run Series – The vitality run series includes the British London 10km and various other half marathons in different locations. They are usually quite popular so if you decided to take part in one of them, you need to get in quickly. Visit the website for details of the runs.
Human Race – This website has various events, running, triathlons, open water swimming and more. Have a look at the website to see what challenge you want to take up.
Women’s running 10km race series:- an event for women of all running abilities, women’s running are hosting several events around the country with a choice of running a 5km or 10km. For more information on the events please visit the website.
If you are looking for something more adventurous, have a look at these events:-
Wolf Runs – This is wild running combining mud runs, trail runs and obstacle runs. There is an event for each season of the year and they are based either in Warwickshire or Leicestershire. Have a look if you fancy a challenge.
Tough Mudder – Or you could try out one of the tough mudder events, designed to test your strength, stamina, teamwork and mental grit. They have events all over the country as well as in different countries too. Have a look at what the event entails.
Back2The Trenches – Challenging obstacle run which lives up to its name with a military designed course, you can choose your distance, all based around the London area. Find out more.
If none of these inspires you then you can visit the Runners World website and look in the events section for forthcoming events in your area.
Whatever you decide to do, get in touch with us and we will support you as much as possible. We will send you an initial pack with sponsor forms, information about Afasic, stickers, training and fundraising advice and tips, and a running top or t-shirt. We are also on hand to help you with training and fundraising advice; we have 2 experienced runners in the office to help.
Please run for Afasic, your support really can make a difference.