‘Virtual’ run will keep people active during crisis

‘Virtual’ run will keep people active during crisis
‘Virtual’ run will keep people active during crisis

‘Virtual’ run will keep people active during crisis

A leading children’s charity is urging people to stay active and healthy by completing a ‘Virtual’ charity fun run during the coronavirus crisis.

Caudwell Children, who organise a colourful, annual, running event in Staffordshire, has announced that it’s launching a ‘Virtual’ version of the run to encourage people to remain healthy during the current pandemic.

The national charity, which provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, launched Colour Runner in 2015.

Now in its sixth year the 5km, or 2km family fun run will take place in Central Forest Park in Stoke-on-Trent, on Saturday 22nd August, 2020.

Colour Runner sees participants blasted with dry, corn based paints as they make their way around the course.

But with the country effectively in lockdown, with people instructed to only leave their homes under a list of ‘very limited purposes’, bosses at the charity believe that their ‘Virtual’ Colour Runner could play an active part in keeping people fit during the crisis.

“People are allowed to take one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle, so it’s important to encourage people to remain active,” explained Kate Sherwin from Caudwell Children. “By remaining in your home you won’t even be putting in the steps that you would ordinarily put in at your place of work, and children certainly won’t be getting the exercise that they would enjoy at school.

“So we’re urging people to use their one form of daily exercise to train for, and complete, our ‘Virtual’ Colour Runner family fun run.

“But remember that wherever you choose to run please, at all times, adhere to the Government advice on social distancing and remain at least six feet apart from people you encounter.”

This year’s event will be part of Caudwell Children’s #Team20 celebrations to mark the 20th anniversary of the charity’s foundation.

Throughout 2020 Caudwell Children is encouraging people to engage with the charity in a number of ways, like taking part in a fundraising event, volunteering for the charity, or raising awareness of the charity’s services, in order to join their #Team20.

“This is also wonderful way of extending the run across the UK,” continued Kate “We know that there are thousands of people in villages and towns up and down the country who won’t be able to get to Stoke-on-Trent, in August, because it’s too far to travel.

“However, our new virtual run will allow participants to get involved at a time and place that is suitable to them.”

Adults who register for the ‘Virtual’ Colour Runner will be sent a free Colour Runner T-Shirt, whilst children who sign up will receive a free pair of coloured sunglasses to wear during their virtual run. All those who register will be sent two bags of paint to douse themselves with.

Participants will then have until a week after the actual run to provide evidence that they have completed their ‘Virtual’ Colour Runner.

“Once we have received a picture or film footage from their phone, showing them in their running kit covered in paint, along with a screenshot of their route, we’ll send them their unique Colour Runner 2020 medal,” continued Kate. “It’s a must have, collectable, piece of memorabilia to commemorate your run that you’ll be able to treasure forever.”

Kate says Colour Runner is built around having fun rather than breaking record times. As she concluded: “Times aren’t recorded and participants can run, walk, hop, or skip around their 5km or 2km course at a pace suitable for them.

“We’re all extremely excited about where our virtual runners will come from but you can rest assured that whether it be Lossiemouth, in the north of Scotland, Pontypridd, in south Wales, or Cirencester in the English Cotswolds, we’d love to see people painting their community red, green, yellow, pink or purple to support disabled children and celebrate Caudwell Children’s 20th Anniversary.”

Entry to the virtual 5km and 2km run or walk is £15 per person.

The charity is asking those who register for the event to set themselves a £50 fundraising target.

Caudwell Children will provide each runner with a fundraising pack, containing an A-Z of fundraising ideas, to help them smash their target.

For further information and to register for the event visit the web page here  or ring 01782 433755.

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