Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Five Fantastic Reasons to Run Royal Parks Half in 2019

I’m Daisy, and I work in the fundraising team for Missing People. Last year I challenged myself to take on my first running event to help missing people and their families. Before signing up I didn’t consider myself a runner, but I managed to complete Royal Parks Half in one piece and I actually had loads of fun. I really surprised myself by discovering a love of running. Who knows, you might discover your next passion.  

1.        A manageable challenge, but a brilliant achievement

13.1 miles may seem daunting, but luckily the Royal Parks provide an excellent training plan to ensure you’re in tip top shape before the big day. Complimenting your running with some strength training will help ensure you cross the finish line injury-free and with a smile on your face. 

2.         Fabulous fundraising support

We love to love our fundraisers! My colleague Jess and I will be around to make sure you feel supported, help with fundraising ideas and little tips and tricks to help you smash your target.

3.         Samba bands and trampolines

The atmosphere is uh-maze-ing. The roads are closed so you feel like royalty, Hyde Park is jam-packed with cheerers and you’ll see samba bands, people on trampolines and cheerleaders en route. We’re going to have a dedicated Missing People cheer squad who will shout extra loud when you whizz past. 

4.         Good, giving and green 

Royal Parks is a great race for the environmentally conscious. This year they are trialling going plastic-bottle free, opting for compostable cups on the course. The goody bag is full of environmentally friendly prizes, and the coveted autumn leaf medal is made from wood rather than plastic.

5.         Knowing you are making an incredible difference

This is probably the most important part. By taking part in Royal Parks you are making a positive difference to people with missing loved ones. If things get tough on the route, knowing what an amazing difference you are making will help get you through.

This is what one of our runners said last year:

 It’s a rollercoaster of emotions when a loved one goes missing.  Knowing I had support from the charity made the days and months bearable and allowed me to have a focus and positivity in extremely challenging circumstances… Now it’s my turn to do some running and fundraising for a charity incredibly close to my heart. ”

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Someone is reported missing every 90 seconds in the UK. The Missing Blog aims to give a voice to all those affected by this issue.

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