TEN STEPS TO RUNNING FOR CHARITY IF YOU HAVE YOUR OWN RACE ENTRY
If you were successful in getting an entry to the Virgin Money London Marathon you really should consider raising money for charity. Be part of the vast majority of the field who will this year collectively raise 55 million pounds for charity. It's the biggest single day fundraising event in the world and keeps generating more for charity every year!
You've had your entry confirmed by the organisers of the Virgin Money London Marathon. You get over the shock. Just.
SUPPORT A CHARITY
You decide to run for charity after reading the magazine that came from the organisers. It tells you to go to the official event website to find out more.
FIND YOUR CHARITY
You find the charity section on the official website and look through all of the charities that want your support.
WHAT'S YOUR CAUSE?
After looking through the options you choose three charities and give them a call. The information you need is with you sooner than you expected and you now have to choose. You pick the one closest to your heart and let them know. You'll need to provide the charity with your official acceptance form proving that you do have your own entry.
The charity helps you set up an online fundraising page on Virgin Money Giving and you let your friends, family and work colleagues know its address. Lots of other people do that as well and the charity helps you make sure your fundraising campaign stands out from the rest. The more innovative you are the more you'll raise.
In all of the fundraising excitement you nearly forget to start training. You do your first run and then another and another. A marathon is a very long way... You start to do some runs in the new running vest your chosen charity has sent you.
You keep sending the link to your fundraising page to all your contacts and a few days out from race day you hit your target. You want to crack open the champagne but you'd better not. Race day is imminent.
RACE DAY IS EVERYTHING
YOU HOPED IT WOULD BE.
An amazing atmosphere and unbelievable support from your charity makes it a day you will never forget. Your charity sees you on the course and gives you the biggest cheer possible.
GET TO THE PARTY!
After the race you head to the post race party that your charity has put on to thank you for your efforts. Many of the bigger charities do this to celebrate their runners' achievements.
A BIG THANK YOU!
The next day you struggle to walk down the stairs, but you don't care. Your finisher's medal hasn't left your side and the temporary pain is worth it. You get an email and phone call from your charity to thank you and see if you'd like to do it all again next year!