Thank you for visiting my Street Child - Virtual 5k Entry Page!
My name is Chris, I am one of the organisers (and founder) of Dark Run 5k. By day, I serve in the Royal Air Force Regiment and have done so, for 22 years. In May 2019, I will be taking part in the Sierra Leone Marathon, in support of the wonderful charity - Street Child.
To celebrate my 40th Birthday and completion of a 22 year career, I wanted to do something extra special in 2019. The Marathon takes place in temperatures of around 30 degrees Celsius, with humidity of around 90%. The event has aptly earned itself the nickname - 'The World's Craziest Marathon' *gulp*
Sierra Leone holds a very special place in my heart. In January 2001, in the height of the Civil War, we were deployed to Sierra Leone (over 100 of us parachuted in, near the capital Freetown) as part of OP SILKMAN. Although we only spent a few weeks in the country, it is a country that has had a lasting impact, on a personal level. Absolute poverty, surrounded by paradise. One memory that will stay with me forever, is that despite the obvious extreme poverty, each morning the children walked to school in their immaculately (hand-made) school uniforms. This demonstrated to me just how proud both they and their parents were, and how much they valued the opportunity of an education.
If truth be told, few children are lucky enough to have the opportunity of an education in Sierra Leone. This is just one area where Street Child helps. Every child deserves the chance to go to school and learn. For more information about this charity and the incredible work they do, please follow this link -
Street Child https://www.street-child.co.uk/protecting-children/
I am hoping to raise a minimum in £1000 in sponsorship, to help Street Child to continue their extremely valuable work. What better way to fundraise... than to go for a run/jog/walk, in return for a super-cool bit of bling (bespoke medal)!
This Virtual 5k has a £12.50 entry fee and places are limited. You can purchase your ticket(s), using the 'Buy Now' link at the bottom of this page.
Here's how it works:
Step 1: Complete the entry form at the link below and pay your entry fee
Step 2: Complete a 5k run, jog, or walk
Step 3: Take a (optional) photo/selfie before, during or after your run. I hope to collate all photos taken and make them into a poster, to give to the children in Sierra Leone, showing your support.
Step 4: We will send you your bespoke medal in the post, to the address given at registration. Please allow up to 8 weeks for delivery, as the medals are being made overseas.
Step 5: Relax... safe in the knowledge that you've supported a great charity and that all money raised (after medal costs, postage and a small PayPal fee) will go to Street Child.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Please click the 'Buy Now' button below to enter, you will be able to amend the quantity once redirected to PayPal. This is a charity event and therefore all entry fees are non-refundable.
We can ONLY post to UK addresses!