Inspired by the London Marathon but don’t want to take it on in one go? Then Run for Research is for you! Read on to find out more.
As part of #TEAMKIDNEY you'll receive:
- A Kidney Research UK running vest
- A fundraising pack full of tips and ideas
- Support from our dedicated team every step of the way
- Regular updates to inspire you with training and fundraising
What is ‘Run for Research’?
Throughout the month of May, we challenge you to run a marathon. Fear not! The 26.2 miles don’t have to be clocked up in one go (we hear your sighs of relief!) – you can take as little or as long as you’d like over the course of the month.
How do I track my miles?
We recommend using a fitness app such as Strava or Map My Run. These are easy to use and will track your miles for you. App on, headphones in and off you go!
I’m not an experienced runner. How do I get started?
If you’ve not been active for a while, you will need to build your basic fitness levels. It’s a good idea to start walking and using interval training to do this. Our Training Zone is filled with lots of tips to get you started.
Although running requires very little equipment, you will need a good pair of running shoes that suit your foot type to reduce the risk of injury.
Do I have to run?
We understand that running isn’t for everyone and that walking a marathon is challenging in itself. We advise you to do whatever is within your capability but still push yourself! Just make sure it’s enough of a challenge personal to you so that your friends and family will still sponsor you.
Is there a registration fee?
Nope! Signing up to Run for Research is free, but we do encourage setting a sponsorship goal to raise money for life-saving research.
The challenge is running (no pun intended!) from the 1 to 31 May, or however long it takes you between those dates to blast through the 26.2 miles. You can start fundraising now though!
That’s up to you. Miles are miles whether they’re completed in the park, on a treadmill or round a running track!
How do I start fundraising?
We’ll send you a welcome pack which will include a running vest (remember to add your name on the front!) and a fundraising toolkit. The toolkit contains lots of tips and ideas to help you reach your sponsorship goal.
How will you know I’ve run my marathon?
Fitness apps will generate monthly reports. When you’ve hit 26.2 miles take a screenshot of the report and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I pay in my money?
Ask people to make donations via your online fundraising page and they will automatically come to us. Easy! If you’ve collected cash you can pay in the money yourself to your page using a debit or credit card. Cheques made payable to Kidney Research UK can be sent to Kidney Research UK, Nene Hall, Lynch Wood Park, Peterborough, PE7 8BA. We can even send you a paying-in slip for your nearest branch of Barclays. Whatever is easiest for you!
Will I get a medal?
Keep your eyes peeled for the postie in early June to find out!