TV ad want more to enter
Have any of you seen the latest ad from Cancer Research with the glorious Gloria Hunnifordpleaing ladies to enter Race for Life. Their ad makes this plea as numbers are down onlast year and without this, their charity and its work will suffer. They also said it will onlytake an hour to walk.Bit surprised this wonderful event is suffering and need more ladies.
Yeah, maybe the 3 mile sponsored walk has "jumped the shark" and they need to think of some fresh fund-raising initiatives. I imagine a lot of people are all Race for Lifed out by now.
How about women-only baked bean wrestling? I'd pay to see that.
Some good points already made.
If you basically walk round a park having a chat with a few mates then you aren't going to want to do that year after year, neither are your potential sponsors going to want to keep on stumping up money for something that's taking very little effort on your part.
If you are a runner then the least you want is a properly measured course with a clock at the finish (I actually ran one that only had one at the start - WTF?)
Aside from that. In times of economic hardship charitable giving will suffer. It's inevitable. Apparently charities were struggling to fill places for the VLM too.
Does seem a shame, my wife did one last year - but now she has done it that is it for her, her friend also did the same one and she to has said she won't do another one - I imagine to a lot of woman do it once and that is it -
From a family point of view we have been asked for sponsorship from my sons school (twice in the last 6 months) and also from Beavers - and in all three instances the kids have been given an inducement of a prize if they rais a certain amount of money. We can't keep asking family and friends (who also have kids at School/Beavers) for money so I imagine a lot pf families are in similar situations.
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This post wasn’t sponsored by Tesco’s I shop at the co-op normally other than milk and meat because they shaft farmers even worse than Tesco’s. For that’s its Morrison’s. I need to get out more.
Race for Life is what started me running, so I do have quite a soft spot for it. Having said that, I haven't entered again. I think it's pricey for a 5K, and I don't like harassing people for sponsorship too often - especially when it's got to the point where they know they wouldn't be sponsoring me for anything that's remotely a challenge (for me - 5K is plenty challenging for some people).
I also think Gloria's (scripted) comment about walking it in an hour is just to try and encourage people for whom running it is unthinkable/unmanageable.
There are plenty of races that have prizes and that part of your entry fee goes towards the charity. I prefer to enter those. I have entered the Run10k twice but I think I have run out of sponsors now. They are nice because of the areas that the races are run in, mainly parkland.
It would be good if they bumped up the entry fee with some of it going to CR and made it into two 'races' a competitive one and a non competitive (walking?) one. With results published and a measured course.
Although I don't know if a competitive side would put of a lot of people. Most of the ladies I know who do the Race for Life walk and treat it as a nice long fundraising walk with friends taking about 40-50mins. One lady I know ran it full tilt and came third. They have all done it two years running now.
Since running the 10k I've had two phone calls trying to get me to sign up to a direct debit. I'll probably run it again although I suspect it's a bit shorter than 10k it's a great atmosphere, a fairly challenging and very interesting route and I like to beat my time for that course.
R4L got me into running but I've done it about 4 times now & getting a bit bored.
There are much better races out there for less money. I'm not super competitive but the more I race, the more I want to move away from fun runs.
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