If you are planning on raising money for Alder Hey Children’s Charity this year but not sure which event to take part in, there are many to choose from – and if getting outside and being active is your thing, you’re in luck! With the Virgin Money London Marathon fast approaching and very little time left to train if you’re only just starting to consider which event to take part in, fear not – we have a couple of recommendations for you!
This summer, on the night of Saturday 15th July (and into the early hours of Sunday morning!), you can be part of the Nightrider challenge - cycling either 50km or 100km through the streets of Liverpool and Wirral. Not only is it a fun way for keen cyclists to raise money for Alder Hey Children’s Charity, but Nightrider is also a fantastic way to see some of Liverpool’s unique sights by moonlight.
The Great North Run
The world's leading half marathon, the Great North Run, attracts nearly 60,000 runners for the 13.1 mile course from Newcastle upon Tyne to South Shields. Alder Hey Children’s Charity have a number of guaranteed places for the 2017 Great North Run on September 10th. If you are interested in taking one of our guaranteed places, please contact [email protected]eycharity.org.
Whether you are taking part in one of the above events, or the Virgin Money London Marathon 2017 which is just around the corner, we wish you the best of luck! For the marathon lovers amongst us, here’s some fun facts about the London Marathon that you might not know:
- The London Marathon is the Guinness World Record's biggest annual fundraising event in the entire WORLD! (Just take a minute to process that information…)
- The London Marathon doesn’t just welcome thousands of people; there will also be 1.25m bottles of water and energy drinks, over 700,000 items of food, clothing and rewards, and almost 50,000 finisher bags at the event. That’s a lot of stuff.
- The hottest London Marathon to date was in 2007 when temperatures reached 21.7°C – that’s pretty warm for April in England!
- Ever wondered why the marathon is precisely 26.2 miles long? In the 1908 London Olympics, the distance was extended so the Royal Family would be able to see the start of the race from Windsor Castle and the finish line from the royal box in the Olympic stadium! The 26.2 miles was then an agreed distance for all major marathons.
- The first London Marathon happened in 1981 and has happened in the spring every year since. That means the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon will be the 36th London Marathon!
- The London Marathon has had a number of sponsors over its 26 years, including Mars and Flora – but Virgin Money has been the official sponsor since 2010.
Are you taking part in an event to raise money for Alder Hey this year? If so, don’t forget to let us know how your training is going on Facebook or Twitter! If you plan on running next year’s marathon, don’t forget to let us know and check out our marathon training tips.