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Charity Runs - From 5ks to Marathons

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Charity Runs and Marathons

Participating in a charity run is a great way to raise money for charity. Bringing people from all walks of life together, charity runs give a great sense of fulfilment and inspiration. There really is no better feeling than crossing that finishing line knowing that you have made a difference and achieved something momentous.

As well as raising awareness of your favourite cause, a charity run can be a hugely rewarding experience and always makes for a memorable day!

From large scale running events such as the Great North, through to 5K and 10K runs, there are a whole host of charity runs for runners of all ages and abilities to take part in.

We’ve created a list of some of the best charity runs, as well as everything you need to know about participating in a run for charity.

Running a marathon for charity

What you need to know

There’s a lot more involved in participating in a charity run than turning up on the day.

First and foremost, you’ll set your fundraising goal, and start training as early as you can to ensure that you are in the best condition to run.

There are countless charities to choose from, including Help for Heroes. It can be difficult to choose just one charity to support, especially if you hold several different charities close to your heart, however you should always go with the charity that means the most to you.

The majority of runners choose a charity that they have a personal connection to or one that they are passionate about. This makes the run even more meaningful and can help you when fundraising; people feel more compelled to donate and support your fundraiser when there is a story or reason behind the charity you choose.

Popular charity runs

Here are some of the most popular charity marathons and half marathons in the UK:

  • Great North Run - 11 September 2022

  • Royal Parks Half Marathon – 10 October 2021

  • Knacker Cracker – 1 January 2022

  • Edinburgh Marathon - 29 May 2022

  • Brighton Marathon – 11 April 2022

  • Oxford Half Marathon – 17 October 2021

  • Manchester Marathon – 3 April 2022

  • London Marathon - 2 October 2022

UK Charity Runs 2021

Help for Heroes is involved in many charity runs across the UK. See below for some of the challenges you can sign up for in 2021. Alternatively, to view all our events, visit Challenges.

South Coast Challenge

South Coast Challenge

3 - 4 September 2022. GREAT EARLY BIRD OFFER + FREE T-SHIRT!

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Thames Path Challenge

Thames Path Challenge

10 - 11 September 2022. GREAT EARLY BIRD OFFER + FREE T-SHIRT!

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Chiltern 50 Challenge

Chiltern 50 Challenge


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Race to the Stones

Race to the Stones

9 - 10 July 2022. Up to 70% off charity registration fee.

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South West Coast 2 Coast Challenge

South West Coast 2 Coast Challenge


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Great North Run

Great North Run

11 September 2022. Register interest for charity places

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London Marathon


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Yorkshire Action Challenge

Yorkshire Challenge


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5k charity Run

Next year’s charity run calendar is jam packed with exciting 5k charity runs, taking place throughout the UK. 5K runs are some of the most popular events, due to the fact that it is a distance that all ages and fitness levels can participate in.

5k runs are also a popular amongst runners entering their first race. Runs include the Surrey Half Marathon, Wimbledon Christmas 5K run, Chase the Moon Olympic Park 5k and the Glasgow 5K.

10k charity run

If you’re looking for a charity run that will challenge you to achieve your own personal long distance running goals, 10k charity runs are a great option.

Every year, there are hundreds of 10k charity runs taking place up and down in the UK including the Great North Run, the Bournemouth Supersonic 10K run, the Asda Foundation Leeds 10, Victoria Park 10Km the Edinburgh 10K and the Great Bristol 10K.

Charity fun run

Fun runs are great events for the entire family to get involved in. Encouraging both kids and adults to get active whilst fundraising, fun runs are always a day to remember.

Some of the UK’s most popular fun runs include the Bubble Rush at Avery Hill Park, the Big Fun Run Gateshead, Team Theo’s Glow Run and the Garstang 10K Family Fun Run.


Running for charity - how to fundraise

The key to reaching your fundraising goals is to set achievable milestones in the lead up to your run. This will help you to plan out your fundraising activities and raise awareness of your run.

With this in mind, you should set weekly and monthly targets. Remember, most charities are more than happy to offer advice when it comes to tips for achieving your fundraising goals.

Charity run team names

Although running a charity run solo is a great experience, it is even better when you do it with a friend, colleague of family member, or even as a team! Team names also add a new and exciting dimension to the run.

The atmosphere is always electric on the day of the run and running with friends and family can add yet another special dimension to the day.

How to choose a charity to run for

When it comes to choosing a charity to run for, the majority of runners pick a charity close to their hearts, or one that they have a personal connection to. Knowing that you’re raising funds and awareness for a cause you care about is fantastic motivation to give the run all you’ve got.

So, if you’re thinking of new goals to accomplish in the New Year, make sure signing up to a charity run is high on your agenda.