The UK is famous for its numerous charity sports events which get more successful each year. For 2018 25 of the UK’s top charity events raised more than 150 million pounds, which is 10 % more than the previous year. The three fastest-growing activities appeared to be half marathons, treks, and marathons. There is a recent fall in the popularity of challenges involving mud and beer. The sports events that raised the most money in 2018 were:
- Virgin London Marathon
- Simplyhealth Great North Run
- Prudential Ride London
In this article, you can find some more information about them.
Virgin London Marathon
The first Virgin London Marathon took place in 1981. Since that year, the runners taking part in it raised more than 830 million pounds for charity. This amount of money makes Virgin London Marathon the biggest one-day charity event not only in the UK but in the whole world.
The participants in that sports activity can raise money for a cause of their choice. There are two ways in which you can run for fundraising. The first one is via a guaranteed charity entry. The website of the marathon offers a list of charities with guaranteed entries.
The other option is via a ballot entry. For this one, you need to have a ballot place; you also have a list of charities from which to choose. Most of the charities in the ballot entry offer you some packages to ensure that you would enjoy the running experience – for example, a T-shirt, an after-marathon party, and a massage.
Simplyhealth Great North Run
The people who want to run for charity with Simplyhealth Great North Run, have to agree to raise sponsorship money. When they notify you that your entry is successful, then you can choose a charity which to support by running.
Simplyhealth Great North Run even allow very young participants to run in their Junior and Mini marathon. They offer the kids participants unique hoodies as souvenirs of their big running day.
Simplyhealth has a Great North Run 5K, which is a 5 km course, which allows the runners to enjoy the picturesque Newcastle Gateshead Quayside from both sides of the river.
Simplyhealth Great North Run also offers packages for the participants, which include an exclusive medal and a T-shirt, a timing chip for accurate results, a goodie-filled finisher’s pack, free training and advice, and security of closed roads.
There are a lot of celebrities that support Simplyhealth Great North Run. Some of them are Michael Carrick, Paul O’Neill, and Nell McAndrew.
Prudential Ride London
Prudential Ride London is a cycling charity event. They also offer two ways to ride for charity. One of them is with a guaranteed charity entry. Here you also have options for charities which you can choose. The other one is with a ballot entry.
Here also, many charities offer special packages which include a cycling jersey to train and ride in, some training advice, cheers points at the event, and even a forum to chat with other riders online.