Running challenges are a great way to raise money and awareness for our work, while getting in your daily exercise! You could sign up to a marathon, a 10K, or simply choose a distance that works for you and get fundraising.

Here’s our top tips for a successful run:

  • Find a training plan and set small goals
    Make sure you train for your run. Many organised running events will offer you a training plan when you sign up, or you could use helpful training apps such as Couch to 5K to help you prepare. Set small, manageable goals to help keep you motivated and able to reach your final distance.
  • Buddy up
    Training for a big run can seem daunting, but you don’t have to face it alone. Buddy up with a family member or friend to train together and share your tips and successes. You could even join a local running group who are training for the same event.
  • Start early
    Leaving yourself plenty of time to train and fundraise will maximise your chances of success. The sooner you start, the more money you’ll raise and the more you’ll progress with your training.
  • Rest and refuel
    Making time to rest is just as important as training. Make sure to get plenty of rest the week of your run, drink lots of water while training and running, and eat well. Check out the NHS nutritional advice for sport to help you get the most out of your activities.
  • Get the right equipment
    Make sure you have some proper running shoes and comfortable clothing. British weather can unpredictable so make sure to check the weather forecast and dress appropriately.
  • Set up your JustGiving fundraising page
    By setting up a fundraising page, your friends and family will be able to donate directly to ECPAT UK, and you can track your fundraising and share updates with your supporters. You can even connect your Strava to your page to give live updates and share photos.
  • Get help
    Check out JustGiving’s marathon plan and their top ten fundraising tips, which are packed with useful info. We’re here if you have any questions or want any support, just get in touch with Lois Fallon at [email protected].