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Join us for The Big Half 2019!

Are you up for a challenge? We have a limited number of places for The Vitality Big Half due to take place on the 10th of March 2019.  Put your best foot forward and enjoy the streets of London – including some of its top attractions – traffic free!  Make your way through 13.1 miles of the wondrous capital and help raise funds for Act4Africa.

Get Fit – Have Fun – Save Lives

Set yourself a challenge for 2019 that motivates and pushes you individually, whilst you help fundraise to give young women and children in Africa more opportunities in their future.  What could be better?  Join others like yourself, have fun and bring about a change for others.

Why choose The Vitality Big Half 2019?

Created by London Marathon Events, The Vitality Big Half is a community running festival for everyone, no matter your age, background or running ability. This is a world-class running event that supports and encourages first-time runners to take part.

The Big Half runs alongside a variety of family events for all ages and abilities, offering opportunities for everyone to experience the health benefits of running – from weight loss and lowered blood pressure to stress management and better quality of sleep. Take part with friends and family or support your loved ones from the sidelines.

Celebrate your achievements and all that London has to offer at The Vitality Big Festival in Greenwich Park. Join friends and family at this free festival and enjoy some of London’s best food, music, sport and entertainment.  Get your whole family running with The Big Mile – a free, family-friendly mass participation fun run around Greenwich Park.

The Big Half Route Information

The 13.1 mile Big Half follows an iconic route starting from one of London’s most famous attractions, Tower Bridge next to the Tower of London. Runners you will then head to Canary Wharf to come back along the Highway, crossing Tower Bridge into the borough of Southwark, following the river to head towards the finishing line in the historic setting of Greenwich.

Make sure to look at the Training information pages provided on the Big Half website for top tips on how to get in shape and keep healthy for the big day!

How do I sign up?

To sign up simply download The Big Half Entry form & Declaration, print it, fill it out and scan it back to us with your £39 entrance fee at fundraising@act4africa.org. We will then send you log-in details to register for the event. REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Friday 22 February.  Applicants must be aged 17 and over to take part. There is a minimum sponsorship commitment of £250, but we’ll support you every step of the way. We’ll provide you with a fundraising pack full of tips and advice to help you reach your sponsorship target.  Here are some good tips from The Big Half organisers.

Why should I do the Big Half Marathon for Act4Africa?

Act4Africa have a vision of a brighter future for Africa’s poor.  Help us change the lives of young women and children in rural Uganda through our health, education and empowerment programmes.  By running The Big Half for Act4Africa you can provide them with the future that they truly deserve.

£25 will support one young woman’s membership of a local enterprise group for a year. Set up as part of Act4Africa’s HEAL initiative (Health, Empowerment and Livelihoods), group membership provides improved life-chances and livelihoods for out-of-school adolescent girls and young women.

£300 will keep a teenage girl in school for a year. Where we operate, 60% of girls never attend school. They are susceptible to early pregnancy, ill health and poverty. £300 will pay for her school fees, uniform and shoes, a back pack and educational supplies, and provide her with sanitary protection to allow her to attend school regularly.

£200 will train and fund an early years teacher for Kathy’s Centre.  Currently 45 children, aged 3-6, access an early education, unique in Uganda, at Kathy’s Kindergarten.  Many of them are AIDS orphans or children of adolescent mothers, who otherwise would not have this opportunity to access the best possible start in life.  With your generous support and sponsorship we can achieve our goal to  give hope and early years education to even more vulnerable and disadvantaged children in rural Uganda.

These are just a few of the women and girls you will could help by running 13.1 miles for us.

Taking part in THE BIG HALF for Act4Africa offers the opportunity for you to help support us in all that we do, and we guarantee that 83p in every £1 you raise goes directly to our projects in Africa.

“The Big Half 2018 was a brilliant event and I felt really honoured to run for Act4Africa, to support and fund such a great movement.  They are doing amazing work helping women and children in Africa and the whole team were very supportive of my training and fundraising. 

The Big Half event was very well organised, and I very much enjoyed myself. It was my first trip to London which made the whole event very special! 

I would like to thank everyone who helped me raise money for such a great charity.  It was a pleasure to be apart of this and I will continue to show my support in the future.”

Emma – 2018 participant.

Congrats to all our 2018 half marathon runners on your achievement and thank you to all your supporters for raising large funds for Act4Africa.

 

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