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St Basils’ Tips For Charity Runners

Each year thousands of amazing people run for charity. The goal of raising funds is a fantastic motivator, and nothing beats the satisfaction of knowing you are running for a good cause!

A huge variety of runs take place across the UK, all throughout the year. From 5Ks to marathons and virtual runs – you’ll be sure to find one that suits you! Sign up to an organised event, or create your own personalised running challenge. Whatever you decide, St Basils will be with you every step of the way.

This year on Sunday 1st May, St Basils has spaces for the Great Birmingham Run, which features both a 10K and also a Half Marathon on the same day. Find out more, here!

If there’s a running event you would like to take part in on behalf of St Basils or if you have your own personal challenge, email: and a member of our team will be in touch!

Not into running? No problem! Check out St Basils’ other events, here!



Check Out Our Top Tips For Charity Runners!



Choose Your Distance And Training Plan…

The first step is deciding the distance of your race. See below the most common distances, and check out ‘Race Raves’ Article.

5K (3.1 Miles), 10K (6.2 Miles), Half Marathon (13.1 Miles) and Half Marathon (26.2 Miles). 

Once you’ve decided on your distance, find the right plan that works for you and your lifestyle. Here at St Basils, we have two training plans for both the 10K & Half Marathon, but there are lots of Training Plans out there, so have a look around!

10K Training Plan  Half Marathon Training Plan



Set Up Your Fundraising Page!

As soon as you start training for your event, start fundraising to reach your goal! The sooner you begin, the more money you’ll raise and the less pressure you’ll feel. You’ll also have more time to focus on your training. You can find St Basils on JustGiving! Head to to set up your page and if you have any questions, please do get in touch. Alternatively, check out the video links below!

Fundraising on JustGiving – how it works – YouTube

How to build the perfect fundraising page – YouTube



Partner Up!

The training process can seem daunting, but you don’t have to go it alone! Ask a friend or a family member to join you on your journey, they may even want to take part in the event! Make sure to check out your local running clubs too…



Ask For Donations Through Social Media!

One of the most effective fundraising strategies is social media. Posting donation requests on social media channels like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and even LinkedIn makes the posts easily shared and your donation circle can multiply exponentially.

In a paragraph, tell your social circle what you’re doing, why the cause matters, and specifically what they can do to help. In addition to asking for money, you can ask followers to share the post with others who might donate.

We also highly recommend asking directly for donations. You’ll have more of an impact when sending out personalised messages to your friends and family and you can be more specific in your request.

Tag St Basils in all your posts, so we can share it too!

Twitter I InstagramFacebook I LinkedIn



Running Equipment…

Make sure you have a pair of suitable and comfortable trainers and find time to test them out prior to the event to avoid blisters!

Wear comfortable running attire for the weather. If you choose to join Team St Basils, you will receive a special top to wear with pride.

Don’t forget your playlist, too! Put together songs to listen to throughout the event to keep you motivated!



Don’t Push Yourself Too Hard…

Listen to your body at all times. If you feel tired and sore, consider training at a lighter intensity for that day. Rest allows your body to heal and recover!



Fill Up On Fuel!

Your body needs lots of fuel in order to train and improve. Try a diet rich in protein supported by high quality carbohydrates!



Ask For Matched Donations…

Companies are a great source of funds. Many businesses and offices have matching programs. So when you donate, they match the amount and you get twice as much money for your cause. Ask your company to match what you raise and when people donate, find out if their company has a matching gift program too! It’s a great way to increase funds quickly.



Enjoy The Journey!

Try and enjoy every step of your journey, from training right through to the race! It might get hard at times, but remember who you’re doing this for and why, and get ready to receive so much support from the St Basils team and the whole crowd on the day!



Update Your Donors & Collect Those Final Donations!

Once you’ve completed your race, make sure you let your donors know how you got on (include a picture of your medal, of course!) and send out a thank you note. You’ll also find most donations come in after the event, so if you can, continue to share your fundraising page after the event.



Submit Your Own Running And/Or Fundraising Tip

Fill out the form below to submit your own tip, and it may get added to the list above!


A huge thank you to Partners&. for supporting Team St Basils at this year’s Great Birmingham Run.

As a next generation insurance advisory business, Partners& combines the best traditions of broking, such as technical advice and client service, with modern thinking and intelligent use of technology, to enhance the client experience and create a dynamic workplace for its talented team. They work in partnership with their clients as their risk protection advisers to provide holistic solutions for their business and personal insurance needs.

To find out more about the great work they do, head to Partners&. website:

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