A “pleasurable torture” is how WLT supporter Jo Finch described the 2012 Royal Parks Half Marathon, and we’re not going to pretend that running 10 miles in the case of the Great South Run, or 10 kilometres (six miles) in the case of the Great Manchester Run, will be any less challenging.
However, despite the blisters, sweat and tears, the rewards of running a distance race are enormous, and we can guarantee excitement at the start and elation and exhaustion in equal measure at the finish, plus the tremendous personal satisfaction of raising funds for WLT.
Both races have a great atmosphere, with bands performing live music along the route, and crowds cheering on the runners every step of the way.
The Great South Run is Europe's most popular 10 mile race, and the scenic route weaves through Portsmouth’s historic dockyard, with the home straight along the sea front. The Great South Run was first held in 1990, and the winner in 2009 was Britain’s very own Mo Farah.
The Great Manchester Run starts and ends in the city centre, and the route takes in Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium and the Manchester outpost of the Imperial War Museum. In recent years, tens of thousands of spectators and a live TV audience have witnessed the world’s greatest distance runner Haile Gebrselassie win the Great Manchester Run on an unprecedented four occasions, with Britain's Jo Pavey winning the women’s event twice.
Clearly, we can’t all have a place on the podium, but we can have a lot of fun in a good cause.
This is the first time that WLT has been able to offer places for the Great South Run and the Great Manchester Run. We have five places for the Great Manchester Run on 26 May 2013 and five places for the Great South Run on Sunday 27 October.
If you are interested in raising funds for WLT by running in either of the races, or would like more information before making up your mind, please contact our fundraising team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01986 874422.
It is also possible to secure a place through the public entry system, though these are likely to sell out quickly. Visit the Bupa Great Run website to register, and then let us know you’d like to run for us.