As you've no-doubt heard, we're passionate about celebrating achievements, whether that's the first time a runner has kept going for a minute without stopping or a personal best marathon time.
#EveryMilestoneMatters has been created to encourage every RunTogether Group and runner to share their goals and successes with the community. We're delighted to publish two fantastic milestone stories from brilliant RunTogether Groups:
- RunTogether Fly Girls are a Get Me Started group based near Wembley, London, who have signed up to their first event, a 5km Colour Run next month - a huge (and super fun!) milestone. Best of luck to all the Fly Girls taking part!
It was great to see five runners from RunTogether Greenwich Runners competing in the London Marathon last month. Starting the event in their local park, some of the group were first timers, whilst others were pushing for PBs. Huge congratulations to everyone who took part!
Share your group's milestone story email firstname.lastname@example.org
Want to grow your RunTogether Group?
1. Make sure you have run sessions listed on the RunTogether website.
This is how new runners will find your group and book onto your runs.
Did you know....there were around 20,000 brand new visitors to the RunTogether website last month looking for opportunities to join group runs!
2. Launch a Get Me Started 5km run session!
Did you know Monday evenings at 6pm are the most popular time for a group run? This year, over 2,650 RunTogether sessions have already taken place at this time.
3. Use the free RunTogether marketing templates available to help you promote your runs.
These include posters, roadside banners, business cards and flags. The templates are available on our new e-store, with printed options available to purchase, should you wish.
VISIT THE E-STORE
NB. The first time you use the e-store you'll need to create a new account, the login is not the same as your RunTogether Leader login.
Group of the Month: RunTogether Ashford
This glowing feedback from one of RunTogether Ashford's runners, Kate Exon, made it easy to select May's Group of the Month! This is a wonderful illustration of how their newest Run Leader is supporting runners to achieve their goals.
' I owe Ashford RunTogether everything for getting me marathon ready. It was an honour to run the whole way with Run Leader, Ruth Goddard. I feel strongly that everyone should know how fab RunTogether Groups are and suitable for everyone and every ability.' Very well done, ladies!
Having testimonials on your group's website page is a great way to reassure potential new runners that they will be welcomed and supported. Add a testimonial to your page
Finding the time to run...
...a challenge most of us have faced at one time or another, with work, family commitments and a million and one chores to get done.
Our wonderful RunTogether Ambassador, Alex Rotas, explores this topic and her thoughts on tackling it in her latest blog article. Read the article here
Race for Life
It's great to see so many RunTogether Groups supporting Cancer Research UK by welcoming runners training for Race for Life events and signing up with your runners to take part in 5km, 10km and Pretty Muddy events this summer.
We’d love to hear your Race for Life stories! Email email@example.com to tell us how your training is going.
Don’t forget all Run Leaders with RunTogether sessions listed on the website can claim a free RunTogether Race for Life t-shirt.
WIN tickets to the World Para Athletics Championships!
An exciting summer of athletics is fast approaching with the World Para Athletics Championships kicking off on 14th July and the IAAF World Championships starting on 4th August!
To celebrate grassroots athletics and running and encourage more people to get involved , England Athletics has created Team Personal Best. This fantastic campaign, supported by BBC Get Inspired, will promote a range of activities which give members of the public the opportunity to join in the excitement.
SUBMIT YOUR RUNS
From beginner run sessions to live screenings in local community spaces, by adding one or more events/RunTogether Group runs to the Team Personal Best website by midnight on 10th June you will get:
The chance to win tickets for you and 20 of your RunTogether runners to attend events at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (click here for competition terms & conditions)
Promotion of your event/session by Team Personal Best and BBC Get Inspired
The right to use the Team Personal Best logo on your marketing materials (posters etc)
Don't delay, add your runs today! As long as your sessions have RunTogether in the title, you will be automatically entered into the competition.
(This competition has now closed)
How to make running sessions private
Does your RunTogether Group operate runs for specific people (only), e.g. employees of a workplace/students at a university? The RunTogether website allows you to hide sessions from public view and share the link to your runs with your target audience so they can book onto your runs. To use this function, simply change the 'Status' of your runs to 'Direct Link Only' and share the link with your runners. To manage your runs click here
We'd love to hear what your RunTogether Group has been up to! Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until next month, happy running!