Bridging the gap...

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What could be lovelier than a day out in London, taking a gentle run through the capital’s most beautiful Royal Parks, bypassing some of the city’s most iconic landmarks, enjoying the camaraderie of supporters, volunteers and fellow runners and knowing that aside from your own personal goals, you’ve helped to raise much-needed funds for a good cause?

Sounds good.  Can you tell me about the charity?

CLEFT is a charity which aims to research the unanswered problems in improving care for children born with cleft lip and palate, and supports cleft teams in several poorer countries.  Registered in 2007, it works hard to push the boundaries of conventional treatment by funding research into improving operating techniques, and by looking at the underlying reasons for cleft deformities.

This run … what is it?

It’s the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon – Britain’s most beautiful city run - which takes place on Sunday 9th October.  CLEFT has a number of entries still available but registration for this spectacular event is 19th August, so there’s no time to lose! 

How much do I have to raise?

We ask that you raise £250.  To help to put it into perspective, that’s a posh coffee, every day, for just over three months. To CLEFT, it means the ability to fund more research into cleft deformities. 

Do you have any fundraising tips?

We do!  Along with the usual fundraising events such as coffee mornings, cake sales and quiz nights there are lots of other ideas on the internet – have a look here: and

  1. Set up a fundraising page with either Virgin Money Giving or Just Giving (please make sure that you set up your page to raise money for CLEFT)
  2. Personalise your page and make sure it’s informative, explaining about the charity and why you want to raise funds for CLEFT.
  3. Tell your own story on the page and enhance it with photographs.
  4. Update as you prepare for the challenge and share your experiences.
  5. Spread the word using social media with a link to your fundraising page. It is a quick way to direct your friends and colleagues to your page.
  6. Don’t forget to ask for Gift Aid as it means more money goes to your charity.
  7. Ask friends and family to donate first as others might match their generosity.
  8. Get friends and family to spread the word about your fundraising – they’ll be keen to help you get more sponsors.
  9. Mention your fundraising event in your answer phone messages, email signatures, notice boards - anywhere you can!

I’m no athlete - how far do I have to run and how competitive is it? 

The route is a very achievable 13.1 miles, starting and finishing in the Hyde Park and taking in The Green, St James’ Park and Kensington Gardens.

While the event is definitely a run, no-one will castigate you for taking the odd breather and/or walking for a bit when you’re out of puff!

The event website has some helpful training tips as well as offers and discounts from event partners here:

I’d like to bring my family along for support.  Are there any activities for them and other supporters?

Loads! The day is designed so that supporters have as much fun as the runners themselves. There is a ‘Food and Fitness Festival’ that takes place at the same time with a range of fun sporting and creative activities, a mouth-watering food market, live music and entertainment. Find out more here

OK.  I’m in.  How do I register?

Click here (needs a link to the entry form on the CLEFT website, please – there is one but its embedded in the ‘about us’ page and not easily accessible) and fill in the form.  Alternatively, call us on 01245 421901 and we’ll be happy to chat you through it.

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