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So… why I do what I do!! Today I got up and set off to work like I do most days with my head held high and a spring in my step – despite the change in weather!! I travel around town visiting drop-in centres and hostels, engaging with young adults, aged 16 to 25. Not...
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Our journeys with the members of The Running Charity can be uplifting, difficult, and often stop-start. None more so than with one of our recent graduates Montana. In 2014, I started working with Montana at a hostel in Southwark, he always showed promise but he had a lot going on in his life and could...
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WATCH THE 2- MINUTE VIDEO BELOW TO SEE CLAUDE IN ACTION Claude is one of The Running Charity’s programme officers, he works with vulnerable and homeless young people throughout London, improving their physical fitness and their mental wellbeing. He knows how isolated and invisible you can feel when you are homeless and how your health...
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  We love Parkrun. The Running Charity all joined forces bright and early on an August Saturday morning to try out a new Parkrun in Southwark Park. It was the perfect way to kick off our bank holiday.  Kane completed his first ever Parkrun without stopping after a little encouragement from Lucy Richards, The Running Charity’s...
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On Saturday, four graduates from our Manchester programme joined some of the staff from Mercedes Benz HQ on a charity walk to the summit of Mount Snowdon. At 1085m, this rugged peak is the tallest in England and Wales. But first, we had a bigger challenge in front of us…. how to get everyone up...
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The Running Charity joined forces with the Red Cross for the first time this summer to deliver an exciting day of sport at the Linford Christie Stadium. After taking young people to watch the World Para Athletics Championships at Stratford Olympic Stadium, and with the championships still fresh in our minds, everyone was motivated and...
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Just five years ago this summer, Zamzam Farah was a flag-bearer and Women’s 400m runner at the London 2012 Olympics for her native Somalia. She had a passion for representing her country and for showing that women can, and should be able to, compete on an equal footing with men. But she became a refugee...
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Just 6 weeks after starting our first running groups up in Manchester, ASICS, who have partnered with The Running Charity to support more homeless people, offered us some places in the Manchester Marathon and Relay. This was a daunting prospect for most of our new recruits, who had yet to even attempt a 5K. Throwing caution...
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43 is the average age a homeless woman dies. Yes, you read that right, 43. During these past twelve years that I have been interested in the way that social structures interact with the causes of homelessness, no statistic has ever struck a chord quite like that one. It may seem rather obvious that a woman...
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Last month The Running Charity welcomed His Royal Highness Prince Harry at one of our sessions and invited him to meet some of the young people who are benefiting from our work. The team organised for him to visit one of the hostels where we run our programme with Depaul UK in Willesden, North London....
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