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Barcelona Team Complete Half Marathon

IMG_8538Five members of Fetal i+D team at the University of Barcelona took on the challenge of running the Barcelona Half Marathon on Sunday February 12th.

The runners are all medical doctors and researchers from the team and work on a daily basis to diagnose and treat fetuses with neurodevelopmental risks. They all gladly offered to run as a way of getting more involved with their community and to support the families and children they usually see in their clinics, in a different way.

Rui V. Simões, PhD, one of the runners and a researcher in the group told us: “This was actually my first half marathon and the motivation could have not been better. I felt very proud to have run for Cerebra. We made it to the finish line and hope that the fundraising does too. Our children deserve it!”

Our thanks go to the whole team for joining us in our mission to help families with children with brain conditions discover a better life together.

You can keep up to date with all of our our website. If you would like to take part in an event that isn’t listed  you can also contact Cecilia Bufton, Events Coordinator on ceciliab@cerebra.org.uk or 01267 242586.

Why I Ran for Cerebra by Ben Horne

Ben during the Cardiff World Half Marathon

Ben during the Cardiff World Half Marathon

Ben Horne completed the Cardiff World Half Marathon on 26th March, raising over £150 for Cerebra. He gave us his own frank and honest account as to why he runs and why he wanted to raise money for Cerebra.

“My name’s Ben Horne and I’m a Personal Trainer based in Newchapel, Pembrokeshire. My passion is guiding people to success in the world of physical training and personal self development. I’m on a journey myself, and I’m just so happy to be able to help others along the way.

I have a bug. I was 15 years old when I got ‘the bug’. I wasn’t particularly sporty in school, but discovering a person could overcome great challenges with simple grit and determination sparked something in me that’s never gone away.

I fell in love with physical training and 15 years ago I threw myself headlong into it. It’s been just as much a mental/emotional journey and I think that’s why it’s been so fascinating to me. I’ve seen myself try greatly, fail well and succeed spectacularly. It’s all character building I suppose!

I don’t particularly specialise in running but my philosophy suggests that most healthy individuals should be able to run 13 miles without major problems. I was asked to run for Cerebra late last year in the Cardiff World Half Marathon. My first thought was that this wasn’t a convenient proposition, but as I thought it over I concluded that brain dysfunction was infinitely more inconvenient. My perspective on convenience shifted.

I have a nephew (hello Harvey!) with autism so this was definitely a charity I had a connection to. I knew there were probably plenty of likely candidates out there who would readily run for this charity and it’s work, but that wasn’t the point. I was being asked. Me. I resolved that if anyone should run this, it would be someone well placed to take advantage of their health. I knew I was one of those ‘someones’.

For philosophical reasons, it had become personal. If I turned this call down I felt like I would be forfeiting my integrity. So I agreed to run and I began designing a training schedule to rehearse for the race. I had run a little cross country in school and the opportunity for some longer distance runs appealed to me. Usually my training included short, sharp runs, never usually more than 1-2 miles. And even then, the run would normally be mixed up with weightlifting activities and gymnastics (I do CrossFit for my general physical preparedness).

The weeks passed, the sponsorship money came in and the local countryside lanes became very familiar! Race day came around quickly and I took every opportunity possible to live in the moment, taking in the atmosphere and the experience as a whole. I’d never run 13 miles before. I was relying on the experience and knowledge behind my training to see me through. 90% of my training runs were 4 miles long. Theory said I should manage the distance with relative ease because of the type of training I’d been doing, the lifestyle I live and the ‘barefoot’ style I run with – but the problem with theory is it’s only theory until it’s tested! That test began at about 14:20 on Saturday March 26th.

Well I ran the distance, and the theory was spot on. I covered every mile with a consistent and comfortable pace. My primary objective was to complete the course. My secondary objective was to run at my leisure the whole way. Afterall, I’m not a competitive runner. Just a ‘someone’ with their health. The run was a success and easy enough. The experience was fantastic. I came in in under 2 hours which I’m quite happy with really. I wondered what I could do if I were competitively running!

I’d urge anyone who’s so much as curious to do something like this themselves for charity. To use your body to do some good in this world. And now I’ve archived that half marathon in the mental-vaults of experience hoping to draw upon it in future in my continuing work in helping others achieve their goals.”

To find out more about Ben, check out his website.

You can find out more information about how you can take part in an event for Cerebra on our Run for Cerebra page or you can contact Cecilia Bufton at ceciliab@cerebra.org.uk or 01267 242586.

Manchester Marathon Success for Team Cerebra

Sarah's medal

Sarah’s medal

This year’s Greater Manchester Marathon took place on Sunday 10th April and Cerebra were very privileged to have two runners taking part to raise money for us.

The first was our very own Trust Fundraiser Sarah Robey. Sarah is a keen runner who has taken part in many running events before this one. She can’t resist a challenge and the Greater Manchester Marathon was just one more obstacle to overcome!

Sarah told us: “It was perfect weather for a run around Manchester, albeit a very long run. I’m not going to say never again because I said that last year!”

Our second runner was Andrea Chantler who had a very personal reason for supporting Cerebra.

Andrea before the race

Andrea before the race

“My niece Amy was born prematurely 11 years ago and her diagnosis has always been uncertain. The doctors advised her parents that Amy had a bleed on her brain which occurred due to a problem with the platelets in her mum and dad’s blood.  She is partially blind, has cerebral palsy, is autistic and cannot walk. Amy’s main carers are her Mum & Dad. Despite her disabilities, she is a happy go lucky young girl and attends a school which she really likes.

Sarah with her two sons at the finish line

Sarah with her two sons at the finish line

I have run since the age of 19, entering 10k’s and some half marathons, but never a full marathon. I decided as I am 40 this year it was now or never! I wanted to do it for Cerebra as my brother and sister in law told me the charity has been very supportive to themselves and Amy.

Training was difficult but I managed it. As I work 3 days in a hospital and my husband works full-time I tried to get out when I can. I made the most of any opportunities and my family and friends have been very supportive.  I trained 3-4 times per week and managed to get to 18 miles longest single run. In total over a week I was covering around 30 miles. I know I could not have done anymore and I am very happy with how far I have come.”

You can still support Andrea and Sarah through their Just Giving pages.

If you would like to find out more about Cerebra’s upcoming running events, to see if we have any places in runs near you, or if you have a specific event in mind that you would like to take part in, check out our Run for Cerebra page. You can also contact our Events Coordinator at ceciliab@cerebra.org.uk.

Group of Runners get Ready for the Cardiff World Half Marathon

Neil, Emyr and Aimee with Sir E. Bear

Neil, Emyr and Aimee with Sir E. Bear

A group of runners from Carmarthen are getting ready to take part in the prestigious Cardiff World Half Marathon on Saturday 26th March.

The event is special because it is the first time the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships have been held in the UK since 2009 – when Birmingham hosted the event. The fact that the race is once again coming to the UK is huge because it means that some of the world’s top athletes will be on our doorstep. It also means that budding runners can test their skills against the likes of Mo Farrah.

Cerebra are very proud to have a group of seven runners taking part in the event in order to raise money for the charity.

Neil Lightfoot, Jorge Collings, Ben Horne, Emyr Evans, Jacob Booth, Aimee Booth and Nick Bates will all be dusting off their running shoes and hoping to make it around the 13 mile course – all while raising money for Cerebra.

Ben said: “When I heard that Cerebra needed representation for the Cardiff half Marathon in March, I felt some personal responsibility to answer the call. I’m not a dedicated runner, but I’m ready, willing and able, and I’m already preparing for this race. I’m going to run simply to represent Cerebra and support their work.”

If you would like to sponsor one of our runners, you can do so by clicking on one of their names above or you can donate on our website or by texting CERE12 and the amount you want to donate to 70070.

Mum to Run London Marathon for Cerebra

Juliette

Juliette

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Juliette has been forced to pull out of this year’s London Marathon. Thank you for your support.

Mum of three, Juliette Edwards from Birmingham, has a very personal reason for running in this year’s London Marathon for Cerebra.

Juliette, a doctor, has three boys – Benjamin, Daniel and Joseph who are all on the Autistic Spectrum and she has reached out for support from Cerebra on several occasions.

Juliette told us her story in her own words, including why she wanted to give something back to Cerebra.

“My three boys all have learning difficulties and Cerebra has helped me a great deal over the years. At times I don’t think I would have managed without Cerebra’s support.

Our family journey started when Daniel was born prematurely at 35 weeks. He rapidly lost weight becoming just 4 1/2lbs. I hadn’t for one moment contemplated that anything untoward would happen in my pregnancy. The day before he was born I had a little bleeding but still went to work, as I had a check up appointment later that day with the midwife, so thought I’d just discuss it with her then. My consultant and I had a paediatric theatre list that morning, and our conversation whilst at work included her asking me how it was all going with the pregnancy. I casually remarked that I was sure there was nothing to be concerned about, but that I’d had some bleeding. She felt differently and sent me straight off to the maternity unit. Needless to say I didn’t go back to work, and was declared to be in labour that evening with Dan being born the next day. I had a humongous cannula in my hand, just in case I were to suddenly crash. I found the whole experience surreal, with all the monitors attached and staff busying about, as I’d never had anything ‘wrong’ with me before.

Dan Jo and Benji

Dan Jo and Benji

It carried on from there. Daniel was rushed down to the special care baby unit on day four as he couldn’t feed until the twenty sixth attempt. As a result he was tube fed for fourteen days. We went home at day eighteen with a tiny fragile baby. We were back in the hospital when Dan was six weeks of age for surgery as he suddenly developed bilateral inguinal hernia. He was four hours in recovery as his temperature had dropped to 32 degrees on the operating table! He was delayed with all his milestones – smiling, rolling, laughing, sitting but I hoped for the best and thought he’ll catch up, it’s just because he was early.

The health visitor was so concerned that at eight months we were referred, and so began a whole series of assessments and investigations, and three weekly visits to the child development centre for a whole term for OT and SALT review, culminating in a big multidisciplinary meeting, at which dyspraxia was diagnosed. It was said he likely had ADD and ASD too, but he was too young for these to be formally diagnosed as yet. I was told he would definitely need special schooling, and that the consultant was going to get the ball rolling for this, even though he was only 2, as such things took time to arrange. We carried on through toddlerhood with OT and physio interventions, as well as all the usual activities, I had gone back to ophthalmology when Dan was one, and started maternity leave again when Dan was 2 and a half, as Jo was born. How wonderful when he could just feed minutes after being born, and he appeared to be developing at a normal rate. How surprised I was when the health visitor expressed concerns when Jo was two and said he needed to be referred for consideration of ASD. Dan started school, and after a huge amount of toing and froing with the LEA, no statement was forthcoming for Dan, and he started at a mainstream school with 90 peers in his year, 30 in each class. Educationally, everything was a phenomenal struggle for him.

I was pregnant with Benji, and he threatened to be born at 32 weeks but he managed to hold on in there until 37 weeks. Benji’s development was delayed also from the outset, and he also had a fistula requiring surgery when just a few months old and also abdominal surgery for duodenal malrotation before the age of two. Alongside all the therapy input, and SEN meetings at school I was often going to appointments every day of the week.

I could write a book about all the things that happened, interventions I tried, support I gave. Then the tribunal battle to get Dan his statement and a place in special school, that would be a whole volume in itself. Benji’s school weren’t coping with him, nor he progressing in class, so the LEA put him forward for a statement at the same time, and with the LEA’s support in getting his school place, the process was so much easier, but still required a phenomenal amount of input none the less.”

Cerebra has been able to help Juliette’s family with advice and support, help through our Wills and Trusts scheme and a much needed family break at our holiday home.

This year the London Marathon takes place on 24th April. It’s one of the biggest running events in the calendar and Cerebra was very lucky to get a place in this year’s race. Lots of people applied to us for the place and competition was tough – we were delighted to offer it to Juliette and wish her the best of luck.

If you’d like to support Juliette you can visit her JustGiving page here.

Cerebra has places in all sorts of running events across the country – from half and full marathons to mud runs and colour runs. So if you fancy challenging yourself and supporting Cerebra at the same time you can find out more here.

 

 

Run for Cerebra – December

 

santa in the citySanta in the City 5K Fun Run
Sunday 3rd December
 2017
City of London
Join Santa in the City this Christmas for a charity fun run with a difference. You will become Santa with a red suit and white beard and run with 2000 other Santa’s through the streets of the City of London and along the Thames to The Tower of London finishing back in the heart of the city in Paternoster Square. Start time is 10am at St Paul’s Cathedral. From Paul’s walk you cross the Millennium Bridge to Tate Modern and pass the Globe before crossing back over the Thames on Southwark Bridge. Then it s along the Thames to Tower of London and then Tower Hill where you will then make your way back through the city to finish adjacent t St Paul’s on Paternoster Square. The distance is 5km making it suitable for all abilities and adults running, jogging or walking with children.

  • Registration fee: £10.00
  • Minimum pledge: £25.00
  • Number of places available: 5
  • More information: https://www.209events.com/uk-running-events/santa_in_the_city
  • Book your place here

 

london santa runLondon Santa Fun Run 5K
Saturday 9th December
 2017
Battersea Park
Put runners in fancy dress and suddenly a run around the park becomes 10 times more fun! This is definitely the case with the annual London Santa Run! Join 2,000 others Santa’s in our annual ‘Red & White’ bearded charge around Battersea Park in this 6k festive fun run. The Battersea Santa Run is now a long standing community event that welcomes runners, walkers and children to enjoy the festive fun.

  • Registration fee: £10.00
  • Minimum pledge: £25.00
  • Number of places available: 5
  • More information: https://www.209events.com/uk-running-events/london-santa-run-battersea-park
  • Book your place here

Is there a Santa Run in your area? Why not run for Cerebra!

 

Run for Cerebra – August

 

York 10K LogoYork 10K
Sunday 6th August 2017

The Asda Foundation York 10K has been hailed as one of the most beautiful city runs in the country. The city’s historic streets will be a riot of colour when thousands of people pull on their trainers for one of the biggest charity road races in the region. Since its launch in 2009, the event has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for good causes. Large, enthusiastic crowds help create a vibrant atmosphere as they cheer on the entrants, running for one of the event’s partner charities or another good cause of their choice. The route starts and finishes in Knavesmire Road alongside York Racecourse and takes in some of the city’s stunning scenery and historic landmarks, including the magnificent minster and Clifford’s Tower.

  • Registration fee: £15.00
  • Minimum pledge: £50.00
  • Number of places available: 5
  • More information: http://www.runforall.com/10k/york/?utm_source=RunForCharity&utm_medium=Website&utm_campaign=EventPage
  • Book your place here

 

 

23424486739_c1bfce931a_oMudnificent 7 Obstacle Race
Saturday 12th August
Warwickshire
Mudnificent 7 is the world’s first multi branded Obstacle Course Race. The 7km course will be designed by 7 of the top Obstacle Races in the UK using their most exciting and challenging obstacles to test your strength and stamina through 1km zones.

 

  • Registration fee: £20.00
  • Minimum pledge: £50.00
  • Number of places available: 25
  • More information: http://mudnificent7.co.uk/?utm_source=RunForCharity&utm_medium=Website&utm_campaign=EventPage
  • Book your place here

 

severn bridge halfSevern Bridge Half Marathon
Sunday 27th August 2017
The Severn Bridge Half Marathon returns after three very successful and highly acclaimed events.  The race was voted BEST NEW RACE in the Runners World Personal Best awards. We will be returning to the original route this year. Last year we had to make change the route to accommodate major road works on the A403. The event starts on the Western (Chepstow) end of the Severn Bridge on the motorway itself and after crossing the bridge and back finishes in the event HQ below J2 of the M48, right next to the car park. The event HQ is on a pleasant grassy area overlooking the bridge enabling us to erect all the marquees needed for registration, changing, baggage etc. The route suits both first timers and experienced club runners – it provides something a bit different from your average ‘run-of-the-mill’ city half marathon: stunning views, sea air, scenic country lanes and villages and the opportunity to participate in a unique running event on a closed motorway and across the iconic Severn Bridge.

 

  • Registration fee: £20.00
  • Minimum pledge: £100.00
  • More information: http://www.severnbridgehalfmarathon.com/
  • Book your place here

 

19869599883_9892c79873_oColor Vibe 5K
Sunday 27th August 2017
Essex
The Color Vibes fun run will have you and your friends going crazy with color in the most exciting color filled day of your lives! Did we mention we had color – and lots of it! At the Color Vibe, YOU are our color canvas, and when you’re finished with this 5k run you’ll be an exciting and vivid masterpiece. So tag your friends and hook everybody up with the coolest color blast 5K run to hit the streets.

  • Registration fee: £10.00
  • Minimum pledge: £25.00
  • Number of places available: 25
  • More information: http://uk.thecolorvibe.com/
  • Book your place here

Run for Cerebra – November

Zombie Evacuation - LogoZombie Evacuation Obstacle 5K
Sunday 5th November
 2017
London
The Zombie Evacuation Race is a 5k fun run designed to give you a one-off experience you will never forget. Our events take over well known landmarks and turn them into zombie infested lands that if you did not know better could be mistaken for real life zombie infestations. All runners or “evacuees” start with 3 lifebelts and your aim is to prevent those merciless zombies from hypothetically biting you 3 times and transforming you into one of their own! When you reach the safe zone at the end of the course you will be recognised as either a survivor (with at least one life belt) or infected (no lifebelts). Survivors receive the coveted survivors medal and the infected receive their infected medal and our taken to the neutralisation zone to be terminated! Designed by a team crack team of creative zombie fanatics, the Zombie Evacuation Race is an event which emerged quite literally from the grave with a macabre mission: to scare the masses and to get them running for their lives! “Only the fittest will survive”‚ and participants are warned to expect a fair share of frights, surprises, screams and frantic dashes.

  • Registration fee: £20.00
  • Minimum pledge: £25.00
  • Number of places available: 25
  • More information: http://www.zombieevacuation.com/about/
  • Book your place here

 

tatton halfTatton Park Half Marathon
Sunday 19th November
 2017
Tatton Park
Welcome to the Run Tatton 10k & Half Marathon. This brand new and exciting event for 2016 is set in the incredible venue of Tatton Park in rural Cheshire and offers a road closed, fast and flat race. Entries will be limited to 2,000 in each event and are filling up up quickly. Enter soon to avoid disappointment as once full there will be no exceptions.

 

  • Registration fee: TBC
  • Minimum pledge: £100.00
  • Number of places available: 5
  • More information: https://www.runtatton.com/?event=half-marathon-tatton-park&event_date=2016-11-20
  • Book your place here

 

tatton halfTatton Park 10K
Sunday 19th November
 2017
Tatton Park
Welcome to the Run Tatton 10k & Half Marathon. This brand new and exciting event for 2016 is set in the incredible venue of Tatton Park in rural Cheshire and offers a road closed, fast and flat race. Entries will be limited to 2,000 in each event and are filling up up quickly. Enter soon to avoid disappointment as once full there will be no exceptions.

 

  • Registration fee: TBC
  • Minimum pledge: £50.00
  • Number of places available: 5
  • More information: https://www.runtatton.com/?event=half-marathon-tatton-park&event_date=2016-11-20
  • Book your place here

Run for Cerebra – October

 

Spartan Race - LogoSpartan Sprint Obstacle Race 5-6K
Sunday 1st October 2017
Windsor
The Reebok Spartan Sprint: This is our shortest distance. It is perfect for athletes of all levels; from Spartan first timers to seasoned racers. The 3-5 Mile Sprint may be our shortest distance but it packs more than 20 Signature Spartan Obstacles. If you think you can’t do it, you’re wrong. Get to the starting line and show yourself what you are capable of.

  • Registration fee: £30.00
  • Minimum pledge: £25.00
  • Number of places available: 25
  • More information: https://www.spartan.com/en/race/detail/1912/overview?filter=sprint
  • Book your place here

 

Supernova POD for web2Bournemouth Supernova 10K
Saturday 7th October 2017
Running as it should be! Lots of people run in the Bournemouth sun but how many have run at night?! This is your chance to run along the iconic Bournemouth Pier and for one night we bathe the pier in a purple glow!

 

 

  • Registration fee: £35.00
  • Minimum pledge: £50.00
  • Number of places available: 5
  • More information: https://www.supernovarun.com/events/bournemouth-pier/
  • Book your place here

 

Supernova POD for web2Bournemouth Supernova 5K
Saturday 7th October 2017

Running as it should be! Lots of people run in the Bournemouth sun but how many have run at night?! This is your chance to run along the iconic Bournemouth Pier and for one night we bathe the pier in a purple glow!

 

 

  • Registration fee: £35.00
  • Minimum pledge: £25.00
  • Number of places available: 5
  • More information: https://www.supernovarun.com/events/bournemouth-pier/
  • Book your place here

        

bournemouth half marathonBournemouth Half Marathon
Sunday 8th October 2017
The Bournemouth half marathon route follows the full marathon route, starting in Kings Park before making it’s way down onto the seafront. You continue to take in the beautiful coastal views as you hit mile 6 – standing mid way between Poole Harbour and Hurst Spit, Hengistbury Head forms the main division between Poole and Christchurch bays. You then turn west and at around mile 8, you run along the breathtaking Boscombe Pier. The Pier was first constructed in 1856. The Pier has undergone numerous transformations over the years, with the addition of the Bournemouth Pier Theatre in 1959. You then run past Lower Gardens at mile 10 before the final home stretch along the stunning coastal seafront and a grandstand finish.

  • Registration fee: £70.00
  • Minimum pledge: £100.00
  • Number of places available: 5
  • More information: https://www.bournemouthmarathon.com/half-marathon/
  • Book your place here

 

bournemouth half marathonBournemouth Marathon
Sunday 8th October 2017
The Bournemouth Marathon starts in Kings Park before making it’s way down onto the seafront. You continue to take in the beautiful coastal views as you hit mile 9 on the coastal marathon route. Standing mid way between Poole Harbour and Hurst Spit, Hengistbury Head forms the main division between Poole and Christchurch bays. You then turn west and at mile 14 you can see the famous Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum which is situated on Bournemouth’s stunning cliff-top, over looking the sea. You then continue to run along the seafront, taking in the breathtaking Boscombe Pier, at mile 12 & 16. As you hit the iconic Bournemouth Pier for the second time, you know you’re on the home stretch. The Pier was first constructed in 1856. The Pier has undergone numerous transformations over the years, with the addition of the Bournemouth Pier Theatre in 1959. As you continue your run west towards Lower Gardens at mile 18, you then head towards Poole’s Natural Harbour which is the largest in Europe before taking in the last few miles along the stunning sea front and finishing in Lower Gardens.

  • Registration fee: £150.00
  • Minimum pledge: £150.00
  • Number of places available: 5
  • More information: https://www.bournemouthmarathon.com/marathon/
  • Book your place here

 

2017Chester Marathon
Sunday 8th October 2017
The multi-award winning and UK’s only international marathon from the historic Roman/Medieval international destination City of Chester. As runners ourselves we are passionate about delivering what for us would be the perfect race; a premier quality, competitively priced race which caters for the needs of runners of all abilities and speeds, combined with friendliness and personal touches which are unique to us. The fast and largely flat spectacular city and rural race route combined with enthusiastic support and regular drinks/nutrition stations helped a record 70% of our runners achieve personal best times.

  • Registration fee: £30.00
  • Minimum pledge: £150.00
  • Number of places available: 5
  • More information: http://www.activeleisureevents.co.uk/marathon
  • Book your place here

 

salisbury-half-marathonSalisbury Half Marathon
Sunday 8th October 2017
Salisbury Half Marathon took to the City streets in 2016 and received some fantastic reviews. Total Buzz Events are delighted to confirm the race will return on 1st October 2017. This is sure to be one of the most popular Half Marathons in the South. Super flat, fast course with a great atmosphere around some of the great landmarks of the City.

 

 

  • Registration fee: £10.00
  • Minimum pledge: £100.00
  • Number of places available: 5
  • More information: http://www.salisburyhalf.com/
  • Book your place here

 

halfmarathon_amsterdam_logoAmsterdam Half Marathon
Sunday 15th October 2017
Amsterdam

 

  • Registration fee: £15.00
  • Minimum pledge: £100.00
  • Number of places available: 50
  • More information: http://www.tcsamsterdammarathon.nl/en/mizuno-halve-marathon-2/
  • Book your place here

 

halfmarathon_amsterdam_logoAmsterdam Marathon
Sunday 15th October 2017
Amsterdam

 

  • Registration fee: £55.00
  • Minimum pledge: £150.00
  • Number of places available: 5
  • More information: http://www.tcsamsterdammarathon.nl/en/
  • Book your place here

 

MCR_halfmarathonManchester Half Marathon
Sunday 15th October 2017
The TCS Amsterdam Marathon is known for its fast and beautiful course. The start and finish take place in the historical Olympic Stadium. And every year this leaves an unforgettable impression, not least because of the presence of the supporters in the tribunes and the marathon grandstand. The Marathon course follows a part of the Olympic route along the Amstel River, past stately homes and a few windmills.

 

  • Registration fee: £15.00
  • Minimum pledge: £100.00
  • Number of places available: 5
  • More information: http://www.manchesterhalfmarathon.com/
  • Book your place here

 

Run for Cerebra – September

Spartan Race - LogoSpartan Super Midlands Obstacle Race 12-16K
Saturday 2nd September 2017
Marston Lodge
Many may not know, but Marston Lodge is already part of Spartan life. As the home of Spartan HQ, at Marston Lodge we create, plan, test, trial and store our obstacles between races. There’s never been an event like this here before, and you, our Spartan Racers, are in for something special. Expect serious challenge as you race across the technical terrain of hills, water, and forest trails. We want you to experience the best that Spartan Race has to offer, and with a Super, Sprint, and Junior race taking place within close distance from Northampton, Leicester, Birmingham and Peterborough, this won’t be one you want to miss.

 

Spartan Race - LogoSpartan Super Midlands Obstacle Race 5-6K
Sunday 3rd September 2017
Marston Lodge
Many may not know, but Marston Lodge is already part of Spartan life. As the home of Spartan HQ, at Marston Lodge we create, plan, test, trial and store our obstacles between races. There’s never been an event like this here before, and you, our Spartan Racers, are in for something special. Expect serious challenge as you race across the technical terrain of hills, water, and forest trails. We want you to experience the best that Spartan Race has to offer, and with a Super, Sprint, and Junior race taking place within close distance from Northampton, Leicester, Birmingham and Peterborough, this won’t be one you want to miss.

 

Leicester 10KLeicester 10K
Sunday 3rd September 2017

Welcome to the Asda Foundation Leicester 10K – our newest event for 2017! The latest addition to the Asda Foundation Series, the Leicester 10K is set to be popular with runners of all abilities from across the city and beyond. Starting and finishing in beautiful Abbey Park, this debut run will take the runners across the Grand Union Canal and into the city centre, past the Richard III visitor centre, and in the shadow of the cathedral. Runners will then twice cross the River Soar before ending with a final – and victorious – lap of the park.

  • Registration fee: £15.00
  • Minimum pledge: £50.00
  • Number of places available: 5
  • More information: http://www.runforall.com/10k/leicester/
  • Book your place here

 

cardiff 10k

Cardiff 10K
Sunday 3rd September 2017
Fast. Flat. Perfect. For new runners or those looking to run a personal best… After 30 years of racing, the Cardiff 10K is excited for what the future will bring. We hope to see more records broken, more funds raised for charities and more whacky and wonderful costumes to brighten up the day, all under the late summer sunshine.

 

  • Registration fee: £20.00
  • Minimum pledge: £50.00
  • More information: https://cardiff10k.com/
  • Book your place here

 

iron manIron Man Wales
Sunday 10th September 2017
Tenby, Pembrokeshire
Pembrokeshire is the host county for IRONMAN Wales and is rightly famous for its coastline, protected by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Parks authority and boasts more castles than any other county in the UK. IRONMAN Wales is now well established as having one of the most challenging bike and run courses on the IRONMAN calendar.  This is balanced Tenby’s North Beach providing the most spectacular swim location, possibly of any IRONMAN event, and the inspiration gained from one of the most vocal and enthusiastically-supported events with tens of thousands of spectators who turn out for race day on all three disciplines.

  • Registration fee: £350.00
  • Minimum pledge: £200.00
  • More information: http://eu.ironman.com/#axzz4TehV1aOJ
  • Book your place here

 

Logo_LargeThe Gauntlet Games Obstacle Race 5K and 10K
Saturday 16th September 2017
Manchester
The Gauntlet Games is a hilarious obstacle course race! Run 5k or 10k, taking on a series of inflatable, water and climbing obstacles, with real Gladiators! Swing on our rope swing onto the giant air bag to the finish line. This is your chance to become a game show hero. The Gauntlet Games is coming back to Heaton Park, Manchester’s Iconic 600-acre park. After the success of our 2016 event the Gladiators can’t wait to battle even more of you in 2017.

  • Registration fee: £20.00
  • Minimum pledge: £25.00/£50.00
  • Number of places available: 25
  • More information: http://thegauntletgames.co.uk/pages/event-info-manchester-2017/
  • Book your place here

 

Bury 10KBury 10K
Sunday 17th September 2017

The latest event in the Asda Foundation Series, the Bury 10K is being staged in partnership with the Bury-based I Will If You Will (IWIYW) fitness movement, which is delivered by Bury Council with Lottery funds from Sport England.Starting and finishing close to The Rock, the course is suitable for all ages and abilities from beginners just starting out on their fitness journey to experienced fast runners looking for a personal best.

  • Registration fee: £10.00
  • Minimum pledge: £50.00
  • Number of places available: 5
  • More information: http://www.runforall.com/10k/bury/
  • Book your place here

 

19869599883_9892c79873_oColor Vibe 5K
Saturday 23rd September 2017
Edinburgh
The Color Vibes fun run will have you and your friends going crazy with color in the most exciting color filled day of your lives! Did we mention we had color – and lots of it! At the Color Vibe, YOU are our color canvas, and when you’re finished with this 5k run you’ll be an exciting and vivid masterpiece. So tag your friends and hook everybody up with the coolest color blast 5K run to hit the streets.

  • Registration fee: £10.00
  • Minimum pledge: £25.00
  • Number of places available: 25
  • More information: http://uk.thecolorvibe.com/
  • Book your place here

 

Scottish 10KScottish 10K
Sunday 24th September 2017
Lothian
The route starts and finishes just outside Edinburgh at Musselburgh Racecourse.  You will follow the final section of the seriously flat and rapid Scottish Half Marathon route, running along the magnificent Golf Coast before finishing in the final furlong at Musselburgh Racecourse; Scotland’s oldest racecourse. Come and be a part of it!

  • Registration fee: £20.00
  • Minimum pledge: £50.00
  • Number of places available: 5
  • More information: https://www.scottishhalfmarathon.com/events/scottish-10k/
  • Book your place here

 

scottish halfScottish Half Marathon
Sunday 24th September 2017
Lothian
The route is seriously flat & rapid – if you want to set a personal best for a half marathon, then this is the event for you. Starting conveniently at 11am just outside Edinburgh, you will run along the magnificent East Lothian Golf Coast before finishing in the final furlong at Musselburgh Racecourse; Scotland’s oldest racecourse. Whether you’ve never run before, or you’re preparing for your 100th event, you can’t afford to miss out on what is going to be the ‘must-do’ running event this year. It’s fresh and it’s exciting – give it a go and set your next challenge today!

  • Registration fee: £40.00
  • Minimum pledge: £100.00
  • Number of places available: 5
  • More information: https://www.scottishhalfmarathon.com/events/scottish-half/
  • Book your place here

 

 

sheffield 10KSheffield 10K
Sunday 24th September 2017

Entries for the 2017 Asda Foundation Sheffield 10K are now open! Enter online here.
It’s back … following its debut in 2016, the much talked-about Asda Foundation Sheffield 10K returns on Sunday 24th September. Thousands took part in 2016, and it’s set to be even bigger and better in 2017, so save your place now. Staged in partnership with Sheffield City Council, this 10K has a fantastic course right through the heart of the Steel city.

  • Registration fee: £15.00
  • Minimum pledge: £50.00
  • Number of places available: 5
  • More information: http://www.runforall.com/10k/sheffield/
  • Book your place here

 

survival of the fittestSurvival of the Fittest
Sunday 24th September 2017
Cardiff
Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest is officially a decade old, making it the longest running obstacle racing series anywhere. These gritty, urban and exhilarating obstacle courses are already well known for that ‘Big Event’ feel and for obstacles you simply don’t see anywhere else, but we figured if we’re having a big birthday, we might as well celebrate in style this time around. Expect the unexpected as we shift Survival up a notch for 2017, delivering courses in the beating hearts of London, Cardiff, Nottingham and Manchester. Brought to you by the World’s biggest men’s magazine Men’s Health and Rat Race, the undisputed Kings of adventure sport events, we have the machinery and the minerals to engineer truly one-off classics. 

  • Registration fee: £40.00
  • Minimum pledge: £50.00
  • More information: http://ratrace.com/mhsurvival2017/
  • Book your place here

 

admiral swansea 10K

Admiral Swansea Bay 10K
Sunday 24th September 2017
The Admiral Swansea Bay 10k is one of the UK’s premier road races with a flat, fast and scenic route alongside the magnificent views of Swansea Bay.  The race is open to all abilities aged 15+. We hope to see you at the start!   The 10k course takes place along the beautiful sweep of Swansea Bay. it is a fast, flat course, perfect for improving your personal best.

 

  • Registration fee: £10.00
  • Minimum pledge: £50.00
  • More information: http://www.swanseabay10k.com/
  • Book your place here

 

Bear Grylls - LogoBear Grylls Survival Obstacle Race 5K
Saturday 30th September 2017
London

Are you ready take on your next challenge? Make your way through our 5K course with 20+ obstacles and 2+ BG Survival Challenges – transporting you from everyday life to a brand new environment and survival situations in our themed Survival Zones. Battle the elements of the Desert, Arctic, Jungle, and Mountain through our BG bespoke Obstacles and Survival Challenges – testing your ability to endure a range of real-world survival scenarios. This is the perfect course for those who may be new to the survival world, but want to release their inner Bear and smash fitness goals along the way! Whether you are running as a lone soldier or with a team, the 5K Survival Race will leave you tired, but with an EPIC sense of accomplishment once you cross the Finish Line and earn that well deserved medal!

 

Bear Grylls - LogoBear Grylls Survival Obstacle Race 10K
Saturday 30th September 2017
London
Are you ready take on your next challenge? Make your way through our 10K course with 35+ obstacles and 4+ BG Survival Challenges – transporting you from everyday life to a brand new environment and survival situations in our themed Survival Zones. Battle the elements of the Desert, Arctic, Jungle, and Mountain through our BG bespoke Obstacles and Survival Challenges – testing your ability to endure a range of real-world survival scenarios. This is the perfect course for those who may be new to the survival world, but want to release their inner Bear and smash fitness goals along the way! Whether you are running as a lone soldier or with a team, the 10K Survival Race will leave you tired, but with an EPIC sense of accomplishment once you cross the Finish Line and earn that well deserved medal!

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Bear Grylls Ultimate Survivor Obstacle Race 30K
Saturday 30th September
 2017
London
The Bear Grylls Survival Race grand finale is happening in London – 30 kilometres of pure survival adventure! If you play your training right, you may be one of the lucky 1,000 participants to compete for the Ultimate Survivor title. This race is only for the most seasoned of athletes, but you can try your luck if you’ve been training hard – dedication and preparedness is key! Created by Bear Grylls and his team of mountain and Survival experts, this is a course like no other. You will make your way through our 30k course with 100+ Obstacles and 10 Survival Challenges in each of our Survival Zones – each one as difficult as the next. You will need to keep moving! Strength, agility, balance, resourcefulness and determination are just a few of the attributes you will require to complete these gruelling tasks and make your way to the finish line first if you have your eye on the Ultimate Survivor trophy and prize. This is the 30Km race which truly separates the Ultimate Survivors from the Survivors. In 2016, we saw an incredible race with many people showing true survival instincts and determination by adapting to new challenges and overcoming adversity over and over again over the 30 km. This year we will step it up again with a larger field size and more challenges, even Bear himself had to ask “if we were serious” when we agreed on the final scope for this epic event. Only 30Km, 100+ Obstacles and 10 Survival Challenges stand between you and becoming an Ultimate Survivor!

 

Spartan Race - LogoSpartan Beast Obstacle Race 19-22K
Saturday 30th September 2017
Windsor
Windsor Great Park plays host to the last weekend of the 2017 season, a great location to round things off in style. South of the historic town of Windsor, the Great Park is one of the most beautiful parts of country. Situated on 5,000 acres we had many options when choosing where to place the 5km+ course within the park. This is the first ever obstacle course race to take place at Windsor Great Park; it is sure to be an unforgettable weekend, as we offer over 15 obstacles. We have been spoilt with the locations of our obstacle races this season, the Olympic Park and Old Trafford are two notable locations. The park is easily accessible from London, so bring your friends and family for a great day out in one of Britain’s most beautiful locations.For the true Spartans among you the option exists to make it a powerful weekend. Start on Saturday with the Sprint and sign up for the Spartan Beast on Sunday at the same venue. You can collect two parts of your Trifecta medal in the space of a weekend. For the super-advanced racers, there is the possibility of completing the coveted Double Trifecta. Don’t forget that every racer who finishes the course gets a free beer, so prepare to make it a double.

  • Registration fee: TBC
  • Minimum pledge: £50.00
  • Number of places available: 25
  • More information: http://www.spartanrace.uk/en/race/detail/1912/overview
  • Book your place here