THE RUN FOR ROTARY CHALLENGE!

Here is some news from the Local Rotary concerning the Half Marathon and some alternative ideas:-

As runners you must all be missing the competitive races, the 10K’s, the half and full marathons.  You must also be aware, that the absence of such races has resulted in an enormous loss of income for hundreds of charities that would normally benefit from these events.  

 For example, as many of you will know, the Martello Rotary club in Seaford has had to cancel the Half Marathon planned for July, and a further race, a Seaford Head 10K planned for September is in some considerable doubt.

It had been expected that the Seaford Half Marathon would have raised at least £1.5K for the British Heart Foundation, and further funds for other local charities.  In respect of the newly conceived Seaford Head 10K, Rotary’s aim had been to raise at least £1K for the local charity WOLO (We Only Live Once). This is in addition to other funds that are needed for local causes (e.g. Foodbank, Seaford Volunteers, RNLI, Youth Counselling).

What we would therefore like to propose is a different sort of competition, ‘The Run for Rotary Challenge’, with the money raised by you going to the Rotary charities that would otherwise be missing out. 

So how would it work?  Everybody who enters would pay a minimum entry fee, (£10per entry or £5 for the 1K)Also you can have their own donation page automatically created, to accept additional sponsorship from friends and family.  The webpage for entry is
https://race-nation.co.uk/register/seaford-martello-rotary/virtual-run

There will be a choice of five distances, Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, and 1K.  These must be run in a single attempt but as it’s a virtual challenge, the course can be at the runner’s discretion.  Anything from a glorious run across the Downs to several circuits of your back garden will count, provided the appropriate distance is covered in one attempt

What do I get ?On completion of the run the participant will receive a unique commemorative medal (SeePicture). 

In addition, a free place in the equivalent 2021 races (Either Martello Half or Seaford Head 10K) would be awarded for the top fundraisers in the Marathon to 5K categories.  For the 1K there will be something more suitable for the younger runners.

There will also be spot prizes for the best social media posts of you completing the event, possible opportunity for fancy dress !!

Is my time important ?Although there will be a slot on each runner’s record for them to certify completion of the event, and to enter their time for the run, the time will not be obligatory.  The important thing will be the money raised for the various charities. We will publish a list of the times after the run.

When do we need to do it ?The virtual races will have to be completed by the end of Julyand medals will be posted out for those who have completed of the distance in early August. 

We hope that you will agree that this challenge races will provide an excellent opportunity for you to help local charities who are having serious funding problems because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

This is something that is really exciting and pro-active so do give some thought and listen to our own Reg Dove interviewing the Organiser on his 12th July Sunday morning show which runs from 7.00 am until 10.00am.

It’s a great way to start your Sunday with local information, a survey quiz, the famous ” Who am I ” feature where you guess the celebrity from Reg’s clues – and of course the great music from the decades. Do tune in!