Charity RunsSign up for your charity run
Taking part in a charity run is one of the most popular ways to fundraise and at Against Breast Cancer we have runners involved in some of the biggest runs in both the UK and overseas.
There are runs for people of all abilities and often all you need to get started are a good pair of running shoes (or trainers). Running is also good for your health, both physical and mental.
Our research has shown that regular exercise can help reduce the risk of developing secondary breast cancer. In fact, almost 30% of breast cancer cases in the UK are preventable through lifestyle changes. It can also help you to lose weight and benefit your mental health.
Charity running events
Against Breast Cancer’s most popular running event is undoubtedly the Virgin Money London Marathon, although places are limited each year. However we have places for you in a variety of other marathons, half marathons and 10ks, including the Berlin Marathon, the ASICS London 10k and the Vitality Big Half.
For something less challenging and more fun, you might be interested in Rough Runner, whilst there are also ultra runs for a real challenge. But you are not limited to these events. You can also run for us in hundreds of other organised races – just let us know if you have a place and we’ll give you the same level of support.
Please note that all events are subject to deferral or cancellation due to the ongoing pandemic.
Charity runs you may be interested in
Why run for Against Breast Cancer?
“I decided that whatever was going to happen with my diagnosis, I was going to run the marathon and raise money and awareness for secondary spread breast cancer.”
Against Breast Cancer funds groundbreaking research into secondary spread breast cancer, the main cause of all breast cancer-related deaths. We look into the prevention, detection and treatment of breast cancer, with the ultimate goal of finding a vaccine against breast cancer.
Whether your choosing to run for someone affected by breast cancer or simply for the challenge, we will support you every step of the way. We will provide you with a running vest, training tips and fundraising materials to enable you to raise as much as you can and conquer the event.
If you want to run for Against Breast Cancer, or you would like to know more about our charity runs and how we can support you, contact our events team and they will get in touch.
Frequently asked questions
What types of run are there?
The most common runs are marathons (26 miles / 40 km), half marathons (13 miles / 20 km) and 10 ks, but there are also shorter, and longer, runs. Most major events are on closed roads or trails, but there are also obstacle and assault courses as well more extreme runs over longer distances and tougher terrain.
Are there any charity runs near me?
How much does a charity run cost?
It depends on the event. Our charity places in several half marathons cost as little as £15 (not including sponsorship), however more prestigious events with higher demand, such as the London Marathon, can cost more. Don’t forget the hidden costs as well, such as new clothing and shoes and getting to the event on the day.
How do I train for a charity run?
It is very important you train for a run so you are fit enough to complete the event without injuring yourself. It is best to start your training runs early, beginning slow and short and gradually building up the pace and distance. Don’t forget to taper off ahead of you run so you are in peak condition for the day, although a short run the day before can help you loosen up for the big day. We provide our runners with appropriate advice on everything from training plans, nutrition and hydration advice to maintaining your motivation and what to wear.
What do I need for a charity run?
For the run itself, you will need suitable clothing and shoes, and it’s best to try out exactly what you will be wearing on one of your final training runs you break in anything to and to make sure you’re comfortable. It is a good idea to bring refreshments to have before and after the race as well, but you won’t need this for the run as the organisers will have everything you will need to give to you at support stops along the route.
What are the best shoes for charity runs?
Searching on Google is a great way to see what the experts are saying about the latest shoes, with Runner’s World and T3 offering in depth looks at a variety of new shoes. There are many factors to consider when choosing, such as weight, comfort and price, so often the ‘best’ show may not be the best for you.
Can I take part in the London Marathon for Against Breast Cancer?
Yes. We have a limited number of London Marathon charity places available, which you can apply for between April and October, however due to high demand we cannot guarantee a place. Alternatively, if you are lucky enough to have your won place, you can choose to run for us – just let us know you’re taking part and we’ll give you the same level of support as our charity place runners.
Can I run any other marathons for Against Breast Cancer?
Yes. Running a marathon for charity is an awe inspiring accomplishment that remains one of the most popular yet demanding challenges you as a runner can undertake, fortunately when you run for Against Breast Cancer you’ll get support designed to help you reach your goal. Where you want to run your marathon is your decision and we will support you regardless, we have entry places into many of the worlds best big city marathons such as London, Manchester or Berlin.
Can I still do a charity run during the coronavirus pandemic?
Some of these events may still going ahead in 2021 despite COVID-19, with organisers putting in appropriate measures to ensure events can take place safely within the current guidelines. Please check the relevant event’s website for further details.
Can I do a virtual run for Against Breast Cancer?
Yes. Many events, such as the London Marathon and Brighton Marathon, were held virtually in 2020, with participants running wherever they could. The Virtual London Marathon will be held again in 2021, on the same day as the physical version, and Against Breast Cancer has a limited number of places available. You can also choose to do your own running challenge and get sponsorship for that, and it’s not too late to take part in our ‘Buy My Miles‘ campaign.
Why should I choose to do a charity run for Against Breast Cancer?
Against Breast Cancer is a charity dedicated to increase survival after breast cancer diagnosis by funding groundbreaking research into secondary breast cancer (metastases) to find key prevention factors and improved detection and treatment. When you fundraise with us, your money will be invested in our research and you will also be supported in every way possible with your fundraising and preparations for your event.