LOROS challenges Leicestershire runners
LOROS, The Leicestershire and Rutland Hospice are encouraging runners to sign up to run in aid of charity for this years’ 8th annual Leicester Marathon in the City
With the race not taking place till October, people have plenty of time to train up for perhaps their first half or full marathon. The race itself takes place on Sunday 26th October, starting from Victoria Park. There is still plenty of time for existing or potential runners to train in time for the big day.
“We’d love to have entries from people who have always wanted to take part in a big run but didn’t know if it was possible. If you make the commitment to enter now you will have 10 months to train up” says Race Director, Christian Weikert-Picker. Christian believes that there is still plenty of time to ensure you can take part in either the full or half marathon. “By committing to complete the race it gives a great source of motivation to continue your running and creates a personal challenge”.
“People are often surprised at how well they do when they complete the half and full marathons, those that have been recreational runners for years but never entered a race often find a new love for running and are guaranteed to feel a great sense of achievement” says Christian.
As well as the full length marathon and half marathon, there is now a race for every age and ability, including a 5km fun run, the Ted Toft Mile, a relay where teams of four will each run around 3.25 miles of the full marathon route. The variety of races provides the opportunity for runners of all ages and abilities to participate and enjoy the ‘big race’ atmosphere of the day.
The race takes place annually on the weekend of World Hospice and Palliative Care Day. Christian stresses that “the runners who gain sponsorship really make a difference to the whole event. Receiving sponsorship is also a great way to provide a little extra motivation to runners because they will have gained a certain amount of responsibility”.
LOROS is a charity whose aim is to enhance the quality of life of adult patients with cancer, progressive neurological conditions and end-stage organ failure for whom curative treatment is no longer possible. Patients are treated at the Hospice and in the community based upon clinical need, regardless of background and the ability to pay.
2,500 patients access our services each year. LOROS services include:
- An in patient unit of 31 beds
- A Palliative Day Therapy Unit
- A Counselling Service for patients and their families
- Lymphoedema Clinics
- Medical Outpatients Clinics
- Complementary Therapy Clinics
- A Community Nurse Specialist Team
- Family Support Services
All of these services are provided free to patients and their families at a cost of £7.5 million each year.
A grant from the NHS of approx one third is received, which leaves £4.5 million annually for LOROS to raise. The Charity relies on the support of the local community and businesses in order to raise this vital £4.5 million of funds.