Have you always wanted to run for charity? Are you passionate about helping older people in the community like we are?
At Brendoncare, it’s so important for us to raise funds to continue to make a difference to the lives of older people in our communities. Participating in running events is one of many ways someone can help, and whether it’s a 10k, half marathon or marathon, every step will make a difference.
However, we know these running events can seem daunting. We talked to three supporters who have run for Brendoncare before about their preparation, experience, community support and why they chose our charity.
Which fundraising events have you participated in?
The Southampton Half Marathon and Winchester Half Marathon last year.
Why did you decide to fundraise for Brendoncare?
I think it’s really important to support the great local work that Brendoncare does for the community and its members.
I also think it is important to match our amazing volunteer’s energy. Our volunteers give so much of their time and passion to help run our clubs and services, and I would like to try and match that same level of dedication and commitment which I see evidence of every day.
Brendoncare Clubs are beginning to emerge from the pandemic and re-open our clubs and services, it’s my hope that the money raised by running these marathons will be used to help further these clubs in new areas and bring a social element back into so many people’s lives.
What was your preparation like for the events and how did you find the process of fundraising for Brendoncare?
To prepare I started running longer distances, cycling to work and going to the gym on my lunch breaks.
I also tried to stay away from cake and takeaways however this has also proved difficult!
I trained fairly hard for the race, as I simply didn’t know how hard I would find it. I started running 50km a week and going on 15km runs. However now looking back I think this was overkill, and I think I actually found it harder due to how tired I was. I feel much more confident this year going into it, but I think anxiety is only natural in such circumstances.
Were you a runner before the event?
I’ve always been interested in running, however this was my first half marathon.
Do you feel like you have to be experienced at running to run for charity?
I wouldn’t say you need to be an experienced runner to run for charity, nor done any events prior. I will, however, say that you need quite a lot of discipline to ensure that you keep to your training.
Luckily, Brendoncare offers entrance into either the full, half marathon or 10K, providing a race for all abilities. I think as long as you can keep going and keep your goal in mind then you will be fine!
Also invest in good shoes, as you don’t want to find out half way through that you’ve got blisters!
How did you find the experience?
I found my experience running for Brendoncare really positive. This was my first half marathon so I wasn’t totally sure what to expect.
However, I was simply blown away by the amount of community spirit and support provided during the day. Every street had spectators cheering and sporting homemade signs for inspiration. It was a really special day, made even better knowing that everyone was there to raise money for some great causes.
I really enjoyed both runs, but due to the pandemic they were only two weeks apart. I think once the initial fear/adrenaline wore off and I found my pace, everything became a lot easier. I also really loved the energy of the event and that everyone was doing it for such fantastic causes.
Interested in running for Brendoncare?
Challenge yourself, run for charity, do something fun, get together with others, and in doing so help us to continue our vital work with older people.
You can download your Brendoncare fundraising pack here for more ideas and guidance. We have plenty of resources including sponsorship forms and collecting tins, so please get in touch and we will kit you out with everything you need.
Brendoncare Community clubs helps to alleviate social isolation and loneliness in a positive way. Our community clubs can give people in later life the opportunity to get out and connect with others in their local community.
Volunteers are essential to our work at Brendoncare and we could not achieve what we do without their involvement. Our volunteers make such a difference and put smiles on the faces of members and care home residents every day.