“For every 100,000 people there are 24.3 deaths in England and Wales with Women moving from low incidence to high incidence countries developing a higher in their new country, indicating environment, diet and lifestyle play a large role”. Without funding, Cancer research simply wouldn’t have advanced how far it has today and won’t be able to advance. Most clinical trials cost millions with many resulting in drugs that simply aren’t effective at beating cancer. Most of you will have seen the annual adverts for Breast cancer awareness on the TV. The entry fee for these races go to the charity. Many charities also allow people to fundraise by running, walking or jogging 5k or 10k wearing something pink (usually fancy dress) or the Breast cancer ribbon. Many people taking part in Cancer charity runs aren’t regular runners and the thought of running or jogging 5k or even 10k is a little daunting. Cancer charities are a fantastic cause, as are any charity that you feel worthy of raising money for, so I have put together a quick guide for the bare essentials you’ll need to complete a charity race.
If you’re considering taking up running and the upcoming charity run is purely for motivation I suggest reading my blog on how to start running for a more comprehensive list of what you’ll need. For the rest of you who are only looking to complete the charity run, you’ll need something comfy and breathable, like a tracksuit and a vest top, cotton fabric is great as it allows air to circulate and it’s easy to wash, however if you’re looking to go further than 5k, they can begin to chafe, so a lightweight running top might be a better choice. Most supermarkets sell something ideal for only a few pounds, or check online for some great offers on clothing. You’ll also need a decent pair of socks. Running is a high impact activity and although thick socks might make your feet a little hotter, they’ll take away some of the impact, helping to avoid that post run foot ache. Again most supermarkets sell something suitable for a fraction of the cost. You’ll also need a pair of trainers. For a pair of trainers you’re only going to use once a year for charity events there isn’t much point in breaking the bank; you won’t need anything fancy as most charity races are run on either good road surface or flat level park land, and aren’t over huge distances. I recommend looking at the Asics Gel Contend and Asics Gel Pulse 5, or, for a more supportive shoe, the Asics Gel Phoenix, or New Balance 860 because they don’t cost the earth, but still offer comfort and cushioning for exactly what you’re looking for; i.e. a once a year race and every day wear. Alternatively, go through the shoe fit guide, and find a pair that are suitable for your running style
As for training for your Charity run, firstly don’t take it too seriously, get together with a couple of friends and enjoy a jog and a natter, breast cancer charity runs are something fun and a great day out for an even better cause. No one’s looking to be the next Paula Radcliffe. If you’re doing more distance or competing in a half marathon/marathon for charity, I’d look at my more in depth half Marathon guide, as a half marathon is more demanding than a 5k or a 10k. However, for a 5k/10k, here is a basic guide to where to begin:
- Find your current level – how far can you run in one go?
- Look to increase this by 10% each week, or use markers to get to. Use trees, and try to reach one extra tree each time.
- ENJOY IT! Training can be hard, but if you sign up with a partner, train with them, and push each other. It can also be a good idea to find a cheap/free running club or jogging group to join, as the fact that they have a coach or you don’t know them means you’re more likely to attend, get the most out of your run, and you’ll try harder!
Try going for 2-3 runs a week. As long as you get further each time, and are struggling at the end of each, you’ll be getting fitter. You won’t be breaking any records, but if you do want to begin running properly, there are some articles to look at here:
Again, make sure you enjoy it. Raising money is a great way to run, and you’ll feel great knowing you’re helping a worthy cause.
In the mean time,