UK Run Events, the events channel of #UKRunChat and organiser of The Running Festival at Goodwood, has confirmed RNLI, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, as the Official Charity for the event on Sunday 14th October 2018.
The RNLI is the largest charity that saves lives at sea, with its main aim to educate, influence, supervise and rescue those at risk from drowning.
The RNLI provides a valuable service to the many busy stations along the South Coast of England, making it a well-placed partner for The Running Festival at Goodwood, located near Chichester in West Sussex. It is expected that many of those participating in the Half Marathon, 10K and Family Mile next month will be encouraged to raise money for this popular cause dedicated to keeping the UK’s coasts safe.
The RNLI will also be using its time at The Running Festival at Goodwood to launch its annual Reindeer Runs – festive family runs that take place each winter. Individuals, families and young runners can help RNLI mascot Rookie the Reindeer to save lives at sea by taking part in the traditional 10K or 5K fun run or a 1K saunter.
Funds raised are used to support the volunteer lifeboat crew members who are on call 24/7, 365 days a year, whatever the weather. The Reindeer Runs take place at Stansted Park and at Moors Valley Country Park on the Hampshire and Dorset border, and full details will be revealed at The Running Festival at Goodwood on 14th October.
The Running Festival at Goodwood sees the Family Mile kicking things off at 09:00 BST, the 10K race following at 10:00 and the Half Marathon at noon. Runners will be treated to a full race-themed experience with a finish in the pit lane, a bespoke souvenir medal and support from spectators in the grandstand. The organisers add that ‘the classic Goodwood motor circuit makes for a thrilling race setting and is certainly one for the bucket list.’
The Running Festival at Goodwood Race Director Joe Williams said, “We are thrilled to announce the RNLI as one of our official charities for The Running Festival at Goodwood this October. The charity is dedicated to saving lives at sea at busy stations along the south coast, relying on volunteers and supporters who work tirelessly to keep us safe. They are essentially ordinary people doing extraordinary things, and we hope to raise as much as possible to support their heroic work. We are looking forward to welcoming runners of all abilities to The Running Festival at Goodwood this autumn, it is set to be a fantastic day of running and family fun!”
Roseanne Blaze, Community Fundraising Manager at RNLI, added, “We are honoured to be the Official Charity for The Running Festival at Goodwood which is an exciting new event on Britain’s south coast. We could not provide the valuable service we do without the generous support of donors and fundraisers, so we hope that competitors will help to support the busy stations along the south coast by joining the RNLI Running Crew to save lives at sea.”
Anyone wishing to run for RNLI at The Running Festival at Goodwood should buy their race place via the event website and then set up an RNLI fundraising page. The RNLI provides full fundraising support, sponsor sheets and other resources to help fundraisers reach their goals.
Up & Running is the Official Sports Retail Partner for The Running Festival at Goodwood; and Ronhill, Hilly and Altra are the Official Sports Brand Partners.
The Family Mile takes place at 09:00 on Sunday 14th October and is open for entries. Entry costs £8 for children aged 11 and above running unaccompanied, and also per adult. Entry costs £5 per child aged 4-10 accompanied by an adult. All finishers of the Family Mile receive a medal.
Entry fees until 30th September are £22 (affiliated) / £24 (non-affiliated) for the 10K and £30 / £32 for the Half Marathon, including a technical Ronhill race souvenir t-shirt, a bespoke medal, treats at the finish, free race photography, free pre & post race massage and free parking. There will be pacers in both the 10K and the half marathon, helping runners to hit their target times on the track.