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Miles for Macmillan: Regent's Park

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by Bastion Harrison (subscribe)
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Have you ever wanted to raise money for charity, but always found it difficult to find an event to suit you? One of the most popular ways to raise money for charity is to run a marathon, but let's face it - they are a lot of hard work. Some of us just don't have the stamina to run that far a distance, and even if you do, it requires at least a good month's training to prepare. If you have a full time job, finding time to put in those hours can be difficult. There is also the cost involved. Although it is a sponsored run and most of the money raised will come from the people backing you, there is usually a hefty registration fee. I think this puts a lot of people off, especially at the moment. For some events, registration can be as high as 50-100 or more. I thought the whole point in taking part in sponsored events were to get people involved who cannot afford to give money.

If you fall into any of these brackets, then you have just run out of excuses. Miles for Macmillan is a sponsored walk, raising money to support people with cancer. No running means no required training sessions, and with a choice of walking either three or eight miles, the event is suitable for all fitness levels. Registration is only 10, so it won't break the bank to sign-up either.

The walk will take place at Regent's Park on the 31st August at 10am. It will be a chance to get outside and enjoy the summer sunshine (hopefully) with your family. The walk can be as laid back as you like - munch apples, chat, have a picnic, stop to feed the ducks at the boating lake, or take a detour round London zoo.
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Why? Raise money for charity
When: 31st Aug
Phone: 020 7840 7840
Where: Regent's Park
Cost: 10
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