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Runners wanted: to raise money for Refuge, which runs a network of safehouses for women and children escaping domestic violence

Domestic violence charity Refuge is seeking runners to raise money at some of the big runs this year.

If you want to take part, just email Jess Madeley at She says:

One of the important ways in which Refuge raises money to deliver our specialist domestic violence services is through key events throughout the year, some of which involve running! 2011 is a milestone year for us and marks our 40th birthday and we were hoping that you would consider running in one of our events. Or if running isn’t for you maybe you could help us by recruiting running teams through your contacts and friends. This could also be a great team building activity for any organisation whilst also being a key fundraising activity for Refuge.

We want 2011 to be our best year yet – but to achieve this we need your help and support.


Adidas Silverstone Half Marathon – 6 March 2011

This fantastic event, organised by the brilliant team behind the London Marathon, takes place at the world famous Silverstone racing track – making it unmissable for running fans alike. We have lots of places available; the closing date is Feb. 25th so please help us enter a full team in. We are asking runners to raise £380 and provide a £20 deposit to secure a place.

Brighton Marathon – 10 April 2011

The beautiful course takes in the best of Brighton’s city and coastline, with a refreshing sea breeze or two to spur runners on their way. We have lots of places available in this event and like the Silverstone event the closing date for registration is Feb. 4th. We are asking runners to raise £600 and provide a £50 deposit to secure a place.

BUPA London 10,000 – Bank Holiday Monday 30 May 2011

This is a brilliant 10k run which takes in many of the best sites that London has to offer. The course will form part of the 2012 Olympic marathon route. Some of the Refuge team will be participating in this event so why not join them, along with other supporters and run/ walk this fabulous course. We are asking runners to raise £300 and provide a £20 deposit to secure a place.

British 10k London Run – 10 July 2011

This is another great central London 10k taking in many of the best sites our capital has to offer. We are asking runners to raise £150 and provide a £10 deposit to secure a place.

Adidas Women’s 5k Challenge, Hyde Park, London – 4 September 2011

The UK’s largest women-only fun run, this is a great event with a fantastic atmosphere. It is suitable for women of all ages and all levels of fitness – so whether you want to break world records or just to crawl over the finish line, we would be delighted to have you on our team! Refuge does not buy places in this event, so participants will have to get a place from Places cost £15, of which £5 is donated to Refuge! Refuge staff has also ran in this event in previous years so why not enter! Please do let me know if you, or others, want to sign up to this run.

Royal Parks Half Marathon – 9 October 2011

The Royal Parks Half Marathon is only in its third year, and already it is incredibly popular. Public places for the 2010 event sold out in just 3 hours, and the website kept crashing because of the huge levels of demand. We have 25 places available and this event is a great one to participate in. We are asking runners to raise £400 and provide a £25 deposit to secure a place.

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