Ex-Gladiator Ali Paton has launched Breakthrough Breast Cancer's 'Big 5 Challenge' with a personal commitment to the ambitious fund-raising scheme. fitness fanatic Ali is calling on Scots across the country to team up and get ready to 'Run Five and Save Lives' and be part of the ultimate, feel-good running challenge for 2010.
Ali will be running a race for Breakthrough Breast Cancer and is teaming up with four of her friends to do the Challenge. Commenting on her involvement she told www.scottishrunningguide.com:
"Supporting Breakthrough Breast Cancer is a cause close to my heart as my good friend was diagnosed with the disease whilst pregnant. Thankfully she went on to make a full recovery and have a healthy baby boy. Anyone whose life has been touched by cancer will know how devastating it can be, so I would urge everyone to join me in signing up for Breakthrough's Big 5 Challenge. There is a run to suit every level and funds raised will fund Breakthrough's work in Scotland."
The Big 5 Challenge is open to everyone to enter. To take it on, a team of five people need to run five Scottish races this year in a bid to raise as much funds as possible for the charity collectively. So friends, families and work colleagues alike can team up, get fit and raise funds for a much needed cause. Some may even be keen to take on the ultimate challenge by running all five races solo. Funds raised will support the work at Scotland's first and only dedicated breast cancer research unit which is partnership between Breakthrough Breast Cancer and the University of Edinburgh, and is based at the Western General Hospital, Edinburgh. Breakthrough has to raise over £1 million a year to fund their research, education and campaigning work in Scotland.
To sign up for the Big 5 Challenge teams and solo runners need to visit www.breakthrough.org.uk/big5challenge. Once registered, runners will receive a free fundraising pack, which includes tips, advice and an exclusive t-shirt for training in. Those who raise over £5,000 can nominate a name each to be added to the Supporter Wall in the Edinburgh research unit and will have their entry fees refunded by Breakthrough.
Breakthrough is keen to present a new challenge for budding runners and fundraisers alike; and believe this Challenge offers a fun way for people to raise money and help the 4,000 plus women diagnosed with breast cancer every year in Scotland.
Races you can enter include:
- The Meadows Half Marathon & 5 K Run
- The Chris Hoy Edinburgh Half Marathon 2010
- BUPA Great Edinburgh Run 2010
- Edinburgh Marathon and Scottish Half Marathon
- Great Scottish Run
- Baxters Loch Ness Marathon and Festival of Running 2010