KentVenues.co.uk are proud to be supporting Team Run 12 in the work for their mammoth 2014 marathon challenge.
In 2014, Rebecca Beard, 22 from Kent, is planning to complete twelve marathons in a bid to raise £25,000 for charity. Throughout the year, Becky will have the support from six ‘guest runners’ who will join her for individual marathons.
Having fallen in love with fundraising after running the London Marathon in April 2013, Becky wanted to take on a new challenge as soon as she crossed the finish line. “I was offered a last minute charity place in this year’s London Marathon, in just 88 days we raised over £10,000 for Breast Cancer Care and I just wanted to keep giving something back to the charities closest to my heart,”
Becky says, “I can’t swim so a triathlon was out of the question and I knew that one marathon would never raise as much money so I wanted to take on something a little bit bigger.” Becky knew that the challenge was going to be difficult so decided to enlist the support of a team. “This is going to be a huge challenge for me, physically and mentally, so I wanted to build a support network to share this incredible experience with.”
Becky created the concept of ‘Team Run 12’ and launched an appeal for ‘guest runners’ who applied to join the team via her website. “At first, I thought I’d be begging family and friends to join me but I have been overwhelmed by volume of applications we’ve received.”
The six guest runners have now been selected and as a team they are preparing for a year of hard work. “We’re all so excited to be part of this,” guest runner Mark Taylor, 45 from Northampton, says, “I’m ready to take on the months of training but also prepared to do some pretty humiliating tasks in the name of fundraising!”
The money Team Run 12 raise will go towards Cancer Care and Cancer Research UK. “You don’t have to be a guest runner to be part of Team Run 12, we want everyone to join us in this incredible challenge.” says Ali Hardy, 19 from Kent.
Sarah Osborne from Breast Cancer Care, added: “Every year in the UK, 55,000 people are diagnosed with breast cancer. We want to be there for each and every one of them.
“This is why we’re so grateful to Becky and the rest of Team Run 12 for all the hard work they are putting in to organising this event. Every penny raised will make a huge difference to the lives of people affected by breast cancer and allow us to be there for more and more people.”
Avni Thakrar from Cancer Research UK said “1 in 3 people are affected by cancer, and whilst cancer survival rates have doubled in the past 40 years there is still so much work to do. We need your help to continue our research. We have various sports events taking place throughout the year and would love for you to join us.”
If you wish to sponsor Team Run 12 visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/teamrun12
You can also follow them on twitter: www.twitter.com/team_run12
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