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A charity run is a great way to raise money for a good cause. Bringing people from all walks of life together, charity running gives 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 London Marathon or Great North Run, through to local 5K and 10K runs, there are a whole host of organised charity events for runners of all ages and abilities to take part in.

We’ve suggested sites where you can find some of the best charity runs near you, as well as everything you need to know about participating in a run for charity.

STOP PRESS: applications open to register your interest in our charity places on the Great North Run 2023 - follow the link below to find out more.

Running for charity

There’s a lot more to taking part in a charity run than just 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, although of course we hope you will choose to run for us.

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.

Choosing your distance

Choose a distance that supports your own fitness levels and training plan. Are you a beginner or seasoned cyclist?

Finding an event near you

There are some good websites to help you find what's on the running calendar near you including Find a Race, Let's Do This, and Run Britain.

It's also a good idea to check out your local news sites, gyms and running clubs for event details.

Planning your own event

Although there are many organised charity runs, many people also organise their own event and route, either alone or with a group of people.

There’s quite a bit to consider if you decide to embark on your own charity event, including choosing a route, implementing safety precautions, organising transportation if required, as well as the legalities of the run.

If you're planning to recuit other people for the event, you will also be responsible for finding and registering participants and your own marketing activities to promote it.

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