Will You Get Involved in Tommy’s Baby Races? – Fun, Fitness and Fundraising

Looking for an excuse to get fit for the summer? Why not get fighting fit for Tommy’s, and give babies a fighting chance in life!

Anyone inspired by Olympics-fever and looking for motivation to ‘move more’ this summer can do so while supporting Tommy’s – and help save tiny lives.

There are two ways in which you can get involved:

Tommy’s Baby Races in July – a run with a twist and far more exciting than your average stroll(er) in the park.
The Baby Races are a series of 8K events to run or power walk with your baby in a buggy, organised in partnership with the pre and post-natal fitness experts, Buggyfit. Now in its third year, Tommy’s Baby Races will be taking place in even more UK locations than before – London, Aylesbury, Windsor, Cheltenham, Ruislip, Bedford, Northwich and Cambridge – from 1st to 22nd July.

Along with babies and buggies, like-minded mums and dads – or other relatives who want to take part – can power walk or run the 8k races. The routes all follow paths perfect for buggies in beautiful parks and each event begins with an aerobic warm-up. Upon crossing the finish-line, each participant will be awarded a fun-packed goodie-bag which includes swag from sponsors – Cow & Gate, Forever Friends and Jump – as well as other leading brands.

With children’s entertainers at each venue to keep little ones happy, the events are something the whole family can enjoy.

Tommy’s asks each participant to try and raise £50 sponsorship – enough to pay for one of its midwives to speak to and help up to 20 worried parents. If 200 runners were to raise this, the £10,000 raised would be enough to pay for a research assistant on one of the charity’s vital research projects.

This video gives you an idea of what it is all about http://www.tommys.org/babyracefilm

There are prizes available for top fundraisers, including a term’s swimming lessons from Water Babies, a Mountain Buggy Terrain, and a week’s stay at Clydey Cottages from Baby Friendly Boltholes, plus first past the finish line with a buggy at each race will win a Buggysnuggle.

Visit http://www.tommys.org/babyrace to register.

Entry costs £14.50, which includes your T-shirt, goodie-bag and training plan. Once registered, participants will be directed to set up a fundraising page which can be sent on to family and friends to raise sponsorship money.

Run the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon in London for Tommy’s!

For those in need of more of a challenge, Tommy’s still has places left for this fantastic run, which takes place on Sunday 7th October. The 13.1 mile route takes runners through four of London’s most beautiful parklands; Hyde Park, St James’s Park, Kensington Gardens and Green Park and past iconic London landmarks such as Buckingham Palace, Marble Arch, the London Eye, the Royal Albert Hall and the Palace of Westminster. It will be a fun-filled day for the whole family too, with Tommy’s hosting a children’s play area in the race village, which will have an obstacle course, Peppa Pig ‘meet and greet’ as well as face-painting and balloon-making.

Funds raised from both the Baby Races and the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon go towards Tommy’s work in funding vital medical research into the causes and preventions of pregnancy complications – such as stillbirth, miscarriage, and premature birth – and providing free pregnancy health information for parents-to-be.

What better reason do you need?

Don’t forget you can also raise money when you shop online with retailers donating a percentage of what you were spending to charity at no extra cost to yourself. Click the badge to find out more.

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