Virtual Running Benefits

Virtual Running Benefits

The period of lockdown resulting from the pandemic has changed the look and feel of many parts of our day to day life, including hobbies, activities and so much more.

This is also true for running, where many large events have opted to go virtual instead of being delivered in person.

But running virtually can be a great thing, allowing runners a tangible goal during an uncertain time – as well as grabbing some goodies along the way!

We’ve put together our list of the top 4 benefits of running virtually.

1. New Motivation

Let’s face it; motivation during the past 12 months has been harder to come by than usual. Not knowing what the future holds has had a real impact on our way of living, socialising, exercising – everything.

So having a virtual event to look forward to can be hugely important to your motivation levels. Being able to set a goal and follow a training schedule gives you something to aim for and can help create good habits, even after the event is over. Virtual running actually produces two really important aspects for effective behavioural change – accountability and incentive.

2. You’re in Charge

One of the best things about a virtual event – you’re in charge! You get to decide what your event day run looks and feels like. Do you want to breathe in nature? Go for it. Want to jog around your local park 10 times? Why not. Want to run laps around your garden? Be our guest. The only thing you need to worry about is completing the distance of your chosen event, the rest is up to you.

3. Community Feeling

Even though we won’t be together in person, that doesn’t we won’t be together in spirit! Unfortunately, guidelines have dictated over the last 12 years that crowds should be avoided. So when else will you be able to join other like-minded runners, all trying to achieve a similar goal?! As soon as you put your race number on and head out the front door on your event day, you join the #bigfunrun family and become part of something much bigger.

4. Swag

If we’re being honest with ourselves, one of the best things about running an event is the kit you receive afterwards. If you don’t Instagram the medal once you’re finished, did you even run the race?!

But completing a virtual run is a huge accomplishment in itself, and you deserve to have that achievement commemorated with some great goodies.

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Team FMI

Team FMI

Shout out to Team FMI who completed Big Fun Run Milton Keynes to raise money for our Official Charity Partner Cancer Research UK whilst having lots of fun along the way!

FMI are a small brand engagement agency with a fantastic close knit team of people. Sadly earlier this year FMI’s Finance Manager Kathryn and Event Director Dave’s wife Emma, were both diagnosed with breast cancer. Team FMI took part in Big Fun Run to raise funds to continually invest in curing cancer and support their fellow colleague and friend during this difficult time.

Operations Director Clare explained: “Kathryn has shown tremendous strength and courage following numerous surgeries – she is currently undergoing chemotherapy so sadly couldn’t be here with us today, but she was in our thoughts, alongside Emma, as we sweated it out to cross the finish line!”

Leading up to the event, Team FMI have been busy keeping active in preparation for their fun 5K including spinning classes and swimming, to long walks with their dogs over fields and the the odd jog about town.

“As a team, we’re a fantastic mix from an individual who have completed half marathons, to someone who swears she can’t breathe when she runs – we are definitely a group of mixed abilities fitness wise but were all determined and committed to crossing the finish line together” said Clare.

Join us in wishing Team FMI a big well done! To support Team FMI’s fundraising efforts for CRUK visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/fmilimited

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Chloe’s Journey

Chloe’s Journey

Kimberley and Chloe Naylor took part in Big Fun Run Milton Keynes at the weekend to raise money for OASIS Autism.

Chloe is five and a half years old and her life so far has been somewhat challenging, with difficulties that she has not been able to recognise or manage. Chloe was very lucky she had an amazing teacher in reception at school who picked up on her difficulties and explored them with the school who supported her to the best of their ability. Finally it came to light that Chloe has high functional autism with hyper mobility and ADHD. Chloe doesn’t understand the meaning of this, but is aware that sometimes she is different.

Chloe’s concentration is a real struggle for her, even with things she enjoys and lately she has had a lot of anger and frustration in her, so Kimberley suggested they start running together. Chloe is very keen to practise running and by doing this Kimberley feel it helps her release her anger and frustration. Chloe she says she ’feels happier’ after running and all her mum wants is for her to be is happy.

When Kimberley suggested that they take part in Big Fun Run Milton Keynes run together to help support other children and families like theirs,  her reply was “yes mummy that would be a good idea and do I get a medal at the end.” 

This run has given Chloe something to work towards and focus all her energy on, whilst boosting her confidence at the same time. 

Kimberley and Chloe would appreciate everyones support and are grateful for any sponsors. If you’d like to donate to their cause you can do so at http://www.justgiving.com/K imberleyandChloe?utm_id=26

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Hannah Nugent
Running in the family

Running in the family

CHARITY RUNNER Hannah Nugent is gearing up to take part in Big Fun Run Manchester to raise funds for Kidney Care UK on behalf of her father and brother, who have both been diagnosed with kidney disease in recent years. Hannah decided to run the 5k to raise awareness of the disease and to raise funds to help aid future research.

“There will be 3 of us running – myself, my mum and my friend Kim.” said Hannah.

“I heard about Kidney Care UK from a colleague at work who does a few of the Big Fun Runs. I have been going on regular runs mostly every night after work.”

Hannah’s dad was diagnosed with the disease when he was 24 and her brother was only diagnosed at the beginning of this year. Hannah said that the disease impacts on both of their lives in different ways.

“This disease affects my dad’s working life as he had to retire from work at 40. He is always tired and most of the time in pain. As for my brother, it has prevented him from doing his dream job in the RAF. He is currently waiting to go on dialysis and has been put on the kidney transplant list. We are hoping and praying that he gets a kidney as soon as possible.”

“It hurts so much to see my dad always in pain and down about what he has. This affects him in every part of his life and is so sad, I wish I could take this away from him.” said Hannah.

Hannah said they are all looking forward to the event on Sunday 20th August. They are hoping to raise £200 for Kidney Care UK.

“We are looking forward to this event as this is for a special cause. Yes it’s going to be a little emotional, but we are doing this for a very good cause and we are very excited!”

Big Fun Run Manchester takes place on Saturday 20th August and is suitable for all ages and abilities. If you’d like to donate to Hannah and her team, you can do so here https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/hannah-nugent4.

If you are inspired to run for charity or a cause close to you heart you can sign up online at www.bigfunrun.com.

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Sally Williamson
Getting Fit for 50

Getting fit for 50

Sally Williamson, 48 from Sheffield is taking part in the city’s Big Fun Run at Rother Valley Country Park this Sunday, with the aim to raise £500 for Myeloma UK, a charity very close to her heart.

Six years ago, Sally’s father was diagnosed with myeloma, a cancer which she says the general public know very little about.

Sally tasked herself with getting ‘Fit for 50’. As someone who considers herself as never being physically fit, she decided to follow the Couch to 5K programme as an incentive to get her through the winter months. It was then she decided Big Fun Run Sheffield was a great way to kill two birds with one stone.

Sally explains: “I started the Couch to 5k programme on the 1st January this year, I graduated in March, and have been running a couple of times a week since.”

Myself and my son are running in Big Fun Run Sheffield (he’s coming along for moral support!) with the aim to raise £500 for Myeloma UK, a charity very close to our hearts.”

Reflecting on her achievements so far, Sally explains: “Born with mobility issues myself and never being confident at any physical activity at 48 years old, I decided it was time to give it a go and get Fit by 50. The Big Fun Run is a great opportunity to challenge myself without time pressures and a great way to raise funds for Myeloma UK!

To support Sally and this very worthy cause visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Sally-Williamson4

Big Fun Run Sheffield takes place on Sunday 13th August at 11am, and promises a fun, relaxed atmosphere which is the perfect challenge to set yourself in 2017. To find out more, visit www.bigfunrun.com.

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