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So maybe you are not quite race ready at the moment, or the thought of lining up in your shorts and vest in the snow is not your idea of fun…but you still want to be involved in the running scene right, and have something to look forward to in the new year? Well. Four hundred pairs of helping hands are needed to support those taking part in the fundraising 10K run on Sunday 1 February, 2015 and volunteering is a great way of exploring what doing races are all about if you are new to the sport, or not brave enough to run one yet. I in fact ended up doing the London Triathlon in 2006 after being a volunteer at the 2005 one and wondering “Could I?”, so I am a big advocate of volunteering as a way of inspiring people to get involved in sport as a participant. Check out our information page about volunteering at races. You don’t need any prior experience just a willingness to get stuck in. Organisers are looking for happy, friendly faces to meet and greet entrants at the start, help them with their bags and belongings, and motivate them for their chilly feat. Volunteers stationed at the finish will cheer the runners over the line, present them with their victory medals and make sure they get their cosy thank-you from the Cancer Research UK Polar Bear Hug Squad…sounds awesome right? Yet more helpers will man drinks stations along the route a vital support role, marshal runners in the right direct at key points so they don’t get lost and of course keep the cheers coming. JI-blog-London-Winter-Run-Route-and-Features-Map About 15,000 runners will be out on the streets conquering the cold – among them Jo Pavey, reigning Commonwealth and European 10,000m champion and Join In supporter and possibly me if I can bag myself a spot. The Winter Run route passes St Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London and Big Ben so if you are London based this will be great for jumping on the tube, if not why not make a weekend of it and do some January sales shopping when you are off duty? It’s likely to be a long (and possibly chilly) day but a very rewarding one, as your time will make a valuable contribution to an event raising vital money for research into a disease that touches many lives. Wrap up warm, pack a flask of tea (although I am sure hot drinks will be provided) and play your part in beating cancer and getting the UK more active. So come on guys who’s up for it? For more information about what is involved and to sign up click here Let me know if you do officially sign up, I am likely to be there in some capacity and it would be great to find you and say hello

  1. December 5, 2014


    I’ve signed up. Looking forward to the hug from the polar bears at the end 😉


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