XWHY Fresh: BHF Blenheim Palace Run
If you are anything like me, then your summer so far has all been about drinking, sunbathing and trying not quit your job and go travelling so you can do the first two every day! As we reach the summer half way point, we tend to start realising that although that all sounds great and very enjoyable, the real world is as prominent and unavoidable as the petruding beer belly that you seem to have grown over night from to many nights of excess. It’s normally about this time that dieting and gyming come back into focus to bring us back to some sort of health but for those of you who don’t mind a littlle running, we’ve got a better and more charitable alternative. The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is calling on Brits to make their mark in the fight against heart disease by running a half marathon, 10km or 2km fun-run around the grounds of one of the UK’s most famous historic houses.
The iconic Blenheim Palace running event sees around 4,500 runners each year put their best foot forward to help raise vital funds for the BHF’s life saving research. Last year, those who took on the challenge helped raise around £250,000, now the charity is calling on budding and experienced runners to come together to help raise even more by signing up this year.
Money raised will go towards helping us better understand how to prevent, diagnose and treat heart and circulatory disease, which is the cause of more than a quarter (26%) of all deaths in the UK. Money raised from the Blenheim Palace Running Event will help the BHF fulfil its ambition to fund half a billion pounds of life saving heart research by 2020.
The route gives Heart Runners a chance to conquer the grounds of the Blenheim Palace Estate, a route that is packed full of stunning scenery and jaw dropping views. The event, which takes place on Sunday 1st October, has a range of distances on offer suitable for all ages and abilities, from a child-friendly 2km fun run, a 10km course or a half marathon.
I may be a 30 something male but I think that “Child-friendly” 2km run has my name written all over it. You’ve got to ease yourself into these things after all!