Monday, 17 March 2014

Miles for Missing People

By now, we hope that most of our supporters will be aware that our annual 'Miles for Missing People' will be taking place on Saturday 17th May at Clapham Common, London. If you haven't signed up to run (or walk) yet, there is still time to do so! We've asked one of our runners to write about their experiences so far training for this year's 10K run; meet Sue Allan, the mother of our Community Fundraising Officer and Missing People supporter:


 "I always mean to start shopping for Christmas earlier than December and, having signed up to Miles for Missing People, I really meant to start training for the 10K run at the beginning of the year. It's now 17th March, it's 2 months to go before the race and I haven't managed more than 1km every other week so far!"

I got involved in Miles for Missing People, a fundraising event for Missing People, last year as my daughter works for the charity. She persuaded me to take part despite the fact I hadn't run a race since school days 50 odd years ago.

I had a great day, meeting some old friends and lots of new people, I ran 3K (though the photo looks like I was walking!) and I raised nearly £200 (due to my generous if somewhat incredulous friends!).

On the day there were both supporters and people that had been helped by the charity. It was a fantastic event and everyone was so encouraging I decided to sign up to the 10k run this year.
I really will get those trainers out tomorrow and will let you all know how it goes!"

If you would like to join Sue and over 130 other runners at the starting line on 17th May to raise money for our cause, we would love to hear from you. You can also raise awareness for a specific appeal on the day by wearing a missing person's poster on your running vest. There will be 3 races on the day; 10K, 3K and a kids' race, and the event promises to be a fantastic day out with entertainment from the fantastic Rock Choir. Look out for another post to find out how Sue's training is getting on!

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Around 250,000 people go missing in the UK each year. The Missing Blog aims to give a voice to all those affected by this issue.

Written by families and friends of missing people, supporters working to raise awareness of the cause, and volunteers and staff at the charity Missing People, we hope that this blog will offer a window into the issue of missing.

The charity Missing People is a lifeline when someone disappears. To find out more about Missing People and ways that you can support the charity visit www.missingpeople.org.uk.

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