(Above) Marathon Start Line © Kirstie Armsworth (Below) Adders Plot Meadow © Nick Tomlinson
Dorset Wildlife Trust has become an affiliated charity with the Bournemouth Marathon Festival, and is inviting runners of all abilities to help us raise money for wildlife in Dorset.
Events for any ability or age
We have places for a range of running events taking place in Bournemouth on the 5th and 6th October 2013 so there’s still time to start training! These events cater for any running ability or age to run distances of 5k, 10k, half-marathon, or the ultimate endurance challenge of the full marathon. There are also junior events, offering a chance to run 1.5k or 3k for age 14 and under, so why not get your family involved too?
A group of Dorset Wildlife trust staff, including several running novices are taking on the challenge to raise money for DWT. Marketing Consultant, Jane Adams, said: “My running style has been compared to an overweight badger in a hurry. It may not be stylish or fast, but I’m determined to finish my first ever 10k run. Just surviving is a challenge for our wildlife, so if I can help them in even just a small way by running in aid of Dorset Wildlife Trust, it will be worth every kilometre.”
The importance of fundraising
Fundraising at events such as the Bournemouth Marathon is integral to the DWT’s mission to conserve and protect Dorset’s wildlife for the future. Alastair Cook, Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Director of Fundraising & Marketing said: “Events like these are not only fun to take part in, but help us raise essential funds as traditional methods of fundraising are being reduced or withdrawn in the current financial climate. We need help from the public so we can continue protecting and conserving nature and wildlife in Dorset for now and years to come.”
Dorset Wildlife Trust is raising money for its conservation work throughout the county, across all 42 of its reserves and hopes that participants will not only be able to help us raise money, but enjoy the tremendous achievement of completing the race.
You will also get a t-shirt, accurate chip timing, a training plan based on your fitness level, a race recovery pack, and of course, a medal!
How to take part
You can apply to an event and run for Dorset Wildlife Trust by visiting our page at the Bournemouth Running Festival Website
Runners who sign up to run on behalf of DWT will be committing to raise the minimum amount listed below.
Full Marathon: £500 minimum sponsorship; Half-Marathon: £300 minimum sponsorship; 10K: £100 minimum sponsorship; 5K: £50 minimum sponsorship; Junior Races: £30 minimum sponsorship.
Sponsor one of our runners
Our marketing consultant, Jane Adams, is running the 10k for the very first time. If you'd like to sponsor her as she trains for her challenge check out Jane's 10k #WildRun
Notes to Editor
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
About Dorset Wildlife Trust
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Dorset Wildlife Trust works to champion wildlife and natural places, to engage and inspire people and to promote sustainable living. Founded in 1961, DWT is now the largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Dorset, with over 25,000 members and over 40 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows and Brownsea Island Nature Reserves, The Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and the Urban Wildlife Centre at Upton Heath Nature Reserve. DWT plays a key role in dealing with local environmental issues and leads the way in establishing the practices of sustainable development and engaging new audiences in conservation, particularly in the urban areas.