Multiple Interest and Extra Benefits - Charity Running Support


Had to pass on my thoughts for all those interested in doing some kind of run or mad adventure all for a charity

Many charities in the past have been happy for me to sign up and fundraise for them but other than some emails and the satisfaction of were the money goes there has been little support............till NOW!!!!

The Gingerbread Centre in Stoke which supports homeless families in Cheshire and Staffordshire has formed a Running and Adventure Club of which i am now a member........this is not a formal running club just a fund-raising and mutual interest club.......with extra benefits

These support and advice from high class runners/athletes on training and preparation for what ever length of event you are going for with training /advice evenings: low cost specialist sports physio from a former international who still works with elite cool is that almost makes it worth having and injury lol

Tech training shirt, water bottle, and fundraising back and most of all regular contact and support...their club is run by a former Para-Olympian so attention to detail makes you feel special. Finally, guaranteed entry into some events!

If you are based in the Midlands, Staffordshire and Cheshire i can highly recommend you get in touch with Marcus at the Gingerbread Centre and look to join in the fun

I am sure lots of other charities also care for the runners but this is my first experience of something like this and is very motivational for my running





  • MillsyMillsy ✭✭✭
    If you are running with the word "Gingerbread" on your top, at least people will give you plenty of space on the course.
  • wow.they giove you all that for free..........I thought you were running for charities....surely if you raise money then you want the maximum amount of money to go to those charities and the people who are desperate for help.....


     I would rather not get the free t-shirts, water bottles , race entries etc etc knowing that that money must be coming straight from the people who need it........image


  • What Seren said.  

    If you want to raise money for charity, that's great - but all that "free" stuff has had to be paid for, and that's come from the funds that people have donated to the charity!

  • MillsyMillsy ✭✭✭
    I'd prefer to run for a charity that looks after their the people who benefit from the donations rather than runners who don't really need free vests, bottles etc.
  • You're all assuming the charity paid for the stuff, perhaps it was donated?



  • MillsyMillsy ✭✭✭
    You could be right, maybe the OP will come back and elaborate.
  • XX1XX1 ✭✭✭
    Mr Puffy wrote (see)

    You're all assuming the charity paid for the stuff, perhaps it was donated?



    If it wasn't assumed that the charity paid for the stuff there would be nothing to moan about image

  • MillsyMillsy ✭✭✭
    Exactly, where is the fun in that?
  • All the items are donated to the charity image

    All the international runners who provide advice give their time for free image

    Event entries include a minimum fundraising requirement like the Flying Fox Marathon 25 May 2014 @£250.....£30 of which has gone on the entry feeimage

    Most of all nice to support a charity that recognises there is more to encouraging fundraising supporters than just taking their money................they understand community big charities now have lost this concept a long long time ago

    Think they should be applauded for doing more than take our money!!!!

    Happy running to you all 

  • glad to hear its all donated.apart from the entry fees which i'm sure any runner could pay if they want to do the race.....

    so pleased that you are happy to finally get something back from a charity and that they are just not taking your money.....

    lets hope they don't have to employ someone for too much time to organise and arrange all these great freebies for you

  • bah humbug...some people never happyimage

  • And what is the bizarre gingerbread reference Millsey???

  • MillsyMillsy ✭✭✭
    Doing a "Gingerbread man" is a term used when you have been caught short whilst out running, of the number 2 variety.

    Made famous by Tony Audenshaw on the Marathon Talk podcast.
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