Red Runners

Red Runners is a virtual running series and works just like any other run you enter. The main difference is you can do it anywhere and at any time to suit you. Whether it's laps of your garden or loops of your estate, simply enter your event, log your evidence and raise a few quid.

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What is it?

In light of the wave of running events cancelled due to the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak we are excited to introduce our very own virtual running series. This summer, join the Red Runners and help us continue to do more for the 90,000 sick kids treated each year at Birmingham Children's Hospital.

Choose your distance and complete your sponsored 5k, 10k, half marathon or marathon by running or walking at your own pace. With a medal for each event why not go the distance, take on all four and complete the set!

We appreciate that staying active can be difficult, especially with work or family to look after. So you can complete your distance at your own pace right up to Sunday 11 October!

About

At Birmingham Children's Hospital Charity, we believe there's always more we can do for our sick kids and that's why we will always strive to do more for our patients and families.

It's our mission to raise the vital funds needed to make a real difference to all who use our hospital's services, offering them the best experience possible.

It is only through the kindness, generosity and hard work of our supporters who raise these vital funds that we are able to do more by improving our hospital environment, bringing in the latest state-of-the-art equipment, and funding research and innovation, ultimately providing the best experience possible for our exceptional patients.

Case Study

Dad Matthew is running the Red Runner challenge to help children like his seven-year-old daughter Mia, who was treated at our hospital after she was born with a complex congenital heart condition.

"As a 'parent to be' this was the most frightening news to hear, however every step of the way the Children's Hospital has been there. Since before Mia was born the team at the hospital has supported, guided and fully informed my wife and I about every aspect of our daughter's cardiac condition. In the very darkest of moments, Mia's surgeons, consultants, nurses and physiotherapists have brought some light in and helped us to find the strength to keep going. Today, our courageous Mia is battling on – living life to the fullest. She will continue to be supported by the Children's Hospital until adulthood and we believe it is important to give a little something back."

"Fundraising is an important part of life at the hospital; it allows parents to sleep by their child's bedside, revamps dull and outdated playrooms into magical places for poorly children, bringing smiles and laughter to patients. These are just a few things that Mia was allowed to enjoy through the amazing fundraising activities people take part in. Seeing a smile on your child's face while they are suffering is just so precious. This year I will be completing the half marathon as a Red Runner."

Join parents like Matthew and become a Red Runner to help us do more for kids just like Mia.

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How it works

Choose your event

Choose either a 5k, 10k, half marathon or full marathon, join our team and receive your medal when you're done!

Set your fundraising target and pay your registration fee

You can set up your JustGiving page when you register and adjust your target to whatever works for you. The more you raise the more you are helping the 90,000 children treated at Birmingham Children's Hospital. Your £5 registration covers the cost to the charity of managing this event and all of your fundraising will go directly to Birmingham Children's Hospital Charity. Your shiny new medal, postage and packaging is included within your registration fee. Find out how Birmingham Children's Hospital spend charitable funds here

Track your distance

You can track your distance in whatever way works for you. This could be using an app such as Strava, a fitbit or even manually recording your distances. To help with your fundraising, you can activate a Strava link on your JustGiving Page.

Log your evidence

When you sign up you'll have your own dashboard where you can log your distances. Our team will then send you your corresponding medal so you can show it off.

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Fundraising & Training

To help you with your fundraising, you will automatically be assigned a JustGiving page to share online with your family, friends and colleagues. To help make the most of your page you can:

  • Update your page – Share your story to let everyone know why you're raising money and add a photo so they recognise it's you. You can even adjust your fundraising target!
  • Share your page – You can share your page link on Facebook and other social media. Add it to a Whatsapp group, text it to a friend or email to your colleagues.
  • Share your milestones – keep and eye on your page as the donations increase. You can share updates on your progress with text and photos.

Once a week JustGiving automatically sends the money that is on your page to Birmingham Children's Hospital Charity. There's no minimum fundraising, raise whatever you can.

If you manage to reach £200 we'll post you one of our special red balloon running vests which you can wear with pride.

Raise more than £300 and you'll be entered into a prize draw to win a Birmingham Children's Hospital Charity hoodie.

Frequently Asked Questions

A virtual event is a race with complete freedom. You can run wherever you want, and run at your own pace.

As this is a virtual event, you'll be completing it on your own in a location of your choosing. Therefore to earn your medal, you need to submit evidence that you have covered the distance.

Evidence can be anything that proves you have covered the full distance of your virtual event. For example screenshots from tracking apps or photos of your running watch.

If you don't have a device that tracks your running you can also post a picture of your run, some scenery, your running shoes, whatever you like! This is just so we have the distance recorded and can help you keep a track of how far off your target you are.

To submit the evidence that you've completed your virtual event distance, log in by clicking ‘My Account'. Here you will see all the virtual events you have joined and you'll be able to start the process of claiming your medal.

Complete the required fields and upload your evidence screenshots or photos from your run. Confirm all the details are correct and hit the ‘Submit Evidence' button. You'll see an on-screen confirmation that your evidence has been submitted.

Evidence should be uploaded in the form of a screenshot. Accepted formats are .jpg, .jpeg and .png.

You can run wherever you like, as long as you can show evidence of the run. Run through city streets, forests, parks, trails or on the treadmill - the choice is yours.

You can complete the distance at your own pace up until Sunday 11th October 2020. As long as your evidence shows you have completed the distance then you will receive your medal.

All of our virtual events can be completed by walking instead of running if you'd prefer.

You can either submit evidence for multiple runs that equal your virtual event distance overall, or run the whole distance at once. If you finish the virtual event over more than one run, you will need to submit multiple pieces of evidence that show you have completed runs that add up to the full distance.

Your medal will be sent to you when you have completed your distance. Shipping times vary depending on your location. You'll receive a confirmation email to let you know when your evidence has been approved.

Yes. If you are under 16 years old you will just need a parent or guardian to sign up for you.

The Fundraising Team would love to hear from you at bwc.events@nhs.net – they can't wait to hear how you're getting on!