Many of us want to get fitter and stronger, but how about achieving that whilst also helping to support Christians facing persecution? Whether you are an experienced runner or a complete novice, how about 'running for their lives'?
There are many running events organised up and down the UK. If you would like us to help you locate one near you, please get in touch.
We currently have places available for the following events.
Great Newham 10k Run July 2018 (date tbc)
Enjoy your very own Olympic moment as you take on this 10k run around Queen Elizabeth Park. The course takes in the sights of Lee Valley, Velo Park, the London Aquatics Centre and the Copper box Arena before crossing that famous finishing line inside the Olympic stadium that legends Usain Bolt, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Mo Farah crossed in 2012.
Great North Run Half Marathon 9th September 2018
The Great North Run was first staged in 1981 and this annual UK half marathon is now officially the biggest in the world. More than one million competitors have taken part, including Great Britain's greatest ever distance runner, four-time Olympic, World and European champion Sir Mo Farah, who has won the Great North Run a record four times in a row.
Great Bristol Half Marathon 23rd September 2018
This event comes with its own distinguished history. First staged in 1989 and known as the Bristol Half Marathon, the city centre run has become a long-held tradition in the national running calendar. Over 10,000 runners every year make this a must do event with an atmosphere second to none.
Birmingham International Marathon October 2018 (date tbc)
Whether you're a new runner or you've got hundreds of miles under your belt, this fantastic marathon route through the England's second city will be filled with musical entertainment, charity cheer buses and thousands of spectators cheering your name. The atmosphere in Birmingham is second to none, so why not come and run for fun, for fitness or to raise money for the persecuted church?
Here are some running events that our supporters have been taking part in recently.
GREAT NORTH RUN 10TH SEPTEMBER 2017
Not content with completing a Muskathlon in Lebanon earlier this year, Adrian Smith decided to pick up his running shoes again as he took part in the Great North Run on behalf of Open Doors. The event is the largest half marathon in the world with around 57,000 entrants from 130 countries. Inspired by his time in Lebanon Adrian chose to raise funds specifically for children.
To support him in his fundraising visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/adrian-smith57 and to read a recent press article about his adventures visit http://www.rossendalenews.org.uk/adrian-keeps-running/
IPSWICH TWILIGHT 10K RUN 18th AUGUST 2017
Well done Dawn and John Gillett who ran the Ipswich Twilight 10k event in August, setting off at 7:30pm with the aim of beating the sunset!
GREAT NEWHAM LONDON RUN 2nd JULY 2017
A huge congratulations goes to our team of eight Open Doors supporters and staff who successfully completed the Great Newham London Run.
They had their very own Olympic moment as they took on this 10k run around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The course took in the sights of Lee Valley Velo Park, the London Aquatics Centre and the Copper box Arena before crossing that famous finishing line inside the Olympic stadium that legends Usain Bolt, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Mo Farah crossed in 2012.
They all showed immense perseverance and determination on what was a very hot day. Thank you to everyone who supported and prayed for them.
LONDON MARATHON 23RD APRIL 2017
Well done Dawn Gillett and Trevor Patterson who both completed the London Marathon in support of the persecuted church. Dawn raised £3051.58 and Trevor raised £4793.75 - a fantastic effort from both of them.