Red Runners are back and we need YOU more than ever.

With the cancelation of fundraising events in 2020, the Red Runners virtual run was a lifeline for our charity, meaning our amazing supporters could continue to fundraise while staying safe. A fantastic £20,000 was raised with supporters taking on the virtual challenge at their own pace.

A year later in 2021 we looked to be getting back on track with lots of you deciding to take part in the Great Birmingham Run for us, training and raising fantastic amounts with months to go.

Sadly the event has been postponed for a second time to May 2022 when organisers feel it can be held in a safe way that will maximise the enjoyment and experience for all participants.

Over the two years the event has been postponed we would expect you, our amazing supporters, to raise around £300,000 through the Great Birmingham Run Half Marathon and 10k events, fundraising income that will be sorely missed.

That’s why we’re calling on you – our extended family – to once again show your support by joining our Red Runners team instead.

We know this has been and continues to be an extremely challenging time for everyone, so we thank all of you for continuing to support the babies, children and families in our care, plus our incredible NHS heroes through fundraising events like this.

Please stick with us and don’t let your training and fundraising efforts be hampered, let’s do this together!

How it works

Choose your distance and complete a sponsored 5k,10k, half marathon or marathon by running, jogging or walking at your own pace. We've even had people swimming the distances! With a medal for each event why not go the distance and take on all four to complete the set? Join the Red Runners and help us continue to do more for the 90,000 sick kids in our hospital’s care. 

We appreciate that staying active can be difficult, especially with work or family to look after, so you can complete your distance at your own pace, over a few days, weeks or months. 

Whether it's your first couch to 5k or you're a seasoned runner, take on the challenge your way. You could even make it feel like race day and join friends or family to complete your challenges together (in line with government guidelines).

Taking part is easy

  1. Sign up and choose your distance
  2. Set up your fundraising page
  3. Complete your selected challenge by 10 October
  4. Send your evidence and receive your reward


What is a Virtual Event?

With a virtual event there is no set location. You do it wherever you want, and complete at your own pace. There will be many other people completing their virtual run across the region up to 10 October which would have been the date of the Great Birmingham Run.

What do you mean by evidence?

You will be completing it on your own (or a socially distanced in a group size recommended at the time by the Government guidelines) and in a location of your choosing. Therefore to earn your medal you need to submit evidence that you have covered the distance.

What kind of evidence do you accept?

Evidence can be anything that proves you have covered the full distance of your virtual event. For example screenshots from tracking apps or photos of your smart watch. You can even show us your written training log.

Where do I submit my evidence?

To submit the evidence that you’ve completed Red Runner distance, simply email it to [email protected] with the subject title ‘Red Runner evidence’. You can also put your evidence on your JustGiving page and send us a link to it. That way all your sponsors will see it too.

What format should my evidence be in?

Evidence should be uploaded in the form of a screenshot/photo.  Accepted formats are jpg, jpeg and png.

Does it matter where I do my runs?

You can do your runs wherever you like, as long as you can show evidence of them. 

Is there a time limit?

Your distance must be completed by midnight on 10 October 2021. Just record your evidence as you go and submit it all together once completed.

Can I walk my distance?

Yes, you can walk if you’d prefer.

Do I have to complete the full distance at once?

You can either submit evidence for multiple distances that equal your Red Runner distance overall, or complete the whole distance at once. If you finish Red Runners over more than one day, you will need to submit multiple pieces of evidence that add up to the full distance.

What if I can’t take part on the specified dates of a time-specific event?

If you are unable to run on the specified dates, please email [email protected] and let us know about your situation. We’ll be able to work with you to agree on alternate arrangements so you can still earn your medal.

Is there an age limit for Red Runners?

There is no age limit for Virtual Events. Any participants under the age of 16 should complete the distance under supervision of a parent or guardian.

When will my vest/t-shirt arrive?

Your t-shirt will be dispatched within three working days of registering. Shipping times vary depending on your location. 

When will my medal arrive?

Your medal will be dispatched within three working days of your evidence being verified. Shipping times vary depending on your location. You’ll receive a confirmation email to let you know when your evidence has been approved.

Do you offer refunds?

We do not offer refunds once purchased. Please ensure you are able to complete your Red Runner distance when signing up, as we are unable to offer a refund if you change your mind or can’t complete the distance.

How should I train for Red Runners?

We recommend that you make sure that you have sturdy footwear and that you make sure they are worn in before you start your challenge. You don’t want to be getting blisters from new footwear.

Your training will depend on how you choose to complete your challenge and your current level of fitness. If you need some guidance to find online resources that can help, please email us at [email protected]

Book a place

Ticket Quantity Price

Adult - Red Runner (medal and running vest)

Decrease Increase £16.00

Child under 16 - Red Runner (medal and t-shirt)

Decrease Increase £10.00

Adult - Red Runner (medal only)

Decrease Increase £6.00

Child under 16 - Red Runner (medal only)

Decrease Increase £6.00