About Us

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1,500,000

participants

7,000,000

pounds raised

7,000,000

kilometres run

Run For Heroes is an incorporated charity born in 2020 as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We raised over £7 Million for NHS Charities after releasing the viral Instagram challenge; run 5k, donate £5 and nominate 5 others.

Our story

In a matter of months the campaign had spread across the world, raising an additional £1 million for local charities fighting the effects of the pandemic. Our community went onto raise an additional £20,000 for the Care Workers Charity by launchingFaster 5k Fridays.

We have mobilised over 1.5 million people to get active and give back to society.

On our journey we are learning the power of communities coming together and how lots of individuals doing something small can create positive change.

Today we are an incorporated charity and on a mission to get as many people active as possible while raising vital funds for health and wellbeing initiatives.

Our goal is to make fundraisers more inclusive, more accessible and more sustainable, shaping a brighter future for charity events.

Read more about our charitable purpose and projects we fund here.

We will never ask you for large donations or to run a marathon. For us, it’s all about the participation and having fun with it.

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Our Impact

Our impact

Mental Health

support

Food delivery

to support long shifts

1 million

overnight washbags

400+

sleep pods

Travel costs

for front-line workers

1.3 million

nutritious meals & snacks

Grants

for isolation key workers

Volunteer

expenses covered

Our Values

The power of
community

We believe in individuals coming together to create change.

Inclusion &
accessibility

We pride ourselves in developing events that are open to all.

Health &
wellbeing

We motivate people to have an active & well-balanced lifestyle.

Environmentally
conscious

We strive to make events more sustainable for a brighter future.

Our next event, 5k May

1st-31st May 2021

One month of coming together for better! You can do your 5k anywhere, anytime, with anyone! You can run, roll, walk, cycle or even swim... It's all about getting out and feeling good while you're doing it - all whilst giving back to charity.

Learn more about 5k May.

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Our Awards

The Queens Birthday List MBE

The Queens Birthday List MBE

We were recognised on the Queen’s Birthday Honour list 2020 and awarded an MBE for our services to fundraising during Covid-19.

The Point of Light Award

The Point of Light Award

The Prime Minister’s Office awarded us the Point of Light Award for supporting our communities through the battle with Covid-19.

Our Ambassadors

Last year millions of you came together and ran for your heroes, you’re all ambassadors - but we thought a few should be given a shout out:

Meet Our Team

Olivia

Olivia

Founder, Trustee

With a passion for running and charity from a young age, Olivia combined the two to create Run For Heroes. Her mission is to get more people active while raising vital funds for health and wellbeing. Her favourite track to run to is Move On Up, getting her into the swing.

India

India

Co-Founder & Design, Trustee

From the illustrations on Instagram recording the milestones of our first campaign, to this website, India is our in-house creative - Bringing colour into these dark times. India listens to an audiobook or an R&B classic whilst out for her runs.

Alice

Alice

Head of PR, Trustee

Alice is our PR-savvy media queen who is responsible for getting the word out there. Alice is your go-to contact if you want to promote Run For Heroes! She loves listening to podcasts around the lakes of Copenhagen on her runs.

William

William

Trustee

William is a corporate lawyer at an international law firm. He frequently advises charities and non-profit institutions on a wide range of matters. His favourite running song is Through the Wire by Kanye West.

Arjun

Arjun

Trustee

After graduating from Oxford Uni, Arjun has worked in investment banking in London. His favourite track to run to is actually - podcasts! How I built this is a particular all-time fav.

Lauren

Lauren

Trustee

Lauren’s 10 year accountancy experience within the nonprofit sector meant she was the perfect woman for our trustee team. Lauren gets into the groove of running by listening to Elephant by Tame Impala.

Andre

Andre

Web developer

Andre is a our wonderful developer, bringing the Run For Heroes website to life. Try to spot our resident ninja hidden somewhere on this site, too! If you find him running, you can guess he is probably listening to The Boys Of Summer by Don Henley.

Andrea

Andrea

Intern writer

Andreas is our journalist with a passion for all things running, here to bring you the latest tips and tricks to try on your next 5k. He can often be found running around Wales, gesturing dance routines from his favourite musicals. Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is his go-to running track.

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