Take part in #Run1000 and raise funds for RSABI
19 October 2020
RSABI is one of the charities set to benefit from a new fundraising fitness challenge.
Launched on 12 October, during #AgMentalHealthWeek, the #Run1000 challenge calls on people to sign up to be part of one of five teams - England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the rest of the world.
The competition will take place from 1 to 31 January 2021. Each team will run 1000 miles with the nation that reaches the milestone first announced the winner. A team captain will lead each nation, and a private Strava group will record the collective running distance.
Sheena Horner from Scotland founded the idea, “I got back into running at the beginning of 2020 by participating in my local ParkRun. When lockdown prevent the local community from meeting weekly, I started running on my own but I quickly realised, that, for me, ParkRun was not just about my fitness, but also the social interaction with others.
“It doesn’t matter where you are in the world, we have all faced challenges with the pandemic and for many this has had a significant impact on our mental health. We wanted to demonstrate through #Run1000 that we are all facing this together and that you may not be able to physically meet, but you can be part of an online community.”
As well as helping personal mental health, the initiative will raise awareness and funds for charities that have been impacted by the lack of fundraising events this year. The £20 joining fee will be divided equally between five charities, selected by the team captains – The Farming Community, Embrace Farm, The Do More Agriculture Foundation, RSABI and DPJ Foundation.
Charles Anyan, England team captain believes now is an important time to support these charities,
“Mental health is a big problem in agriculture and these charities unite all our #Run1000 nations as they are at the forefront of the battle. They work tirelessly to pick us up when we fall. They do a remarkable job.”
To take part, visit http://www.agri5nations.com/, click on your team and make your £20 contribution. The team captain will be in touch with joining details.
“The challenge is open to anyone that would like to get involved, whether you run 2 miles or 20m every contribution is invaluable to helping support our chosen charities. Our captains are all quite competitive, so I am looking forward to some fun rivalry during throughout the month.” Sheena concluded.
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