Maggie's 50 Miles

Maggie’s challenges Glaswegians to run 50 miles this January

Cancer charity encourages runners to raise funds and fitness this New Year

Nearly 6000 runners and walkers have joined the Facebook page of a January mileage challenge in aid of a well-known cancer charity. Maggie’s is encouraging Glaswegians to run or walk 50 miles this month to meet their own fitness goals – as well as raise much-needed funds for their centres.

The charity hopes each participant will raise at least £150 to help fund their support of those living with cancer and their families throughout the UK. With 31 days in January, the challenge amounts to a little over 1.5 miles or 2.6 km a day – and Glaswegians are rising to it. 

Just a few days into the month, the city’s runners and walkers are logging their miles and sharing their stories on the group's Facebook page. Struggles with icy pavements – and post-Christmas motivation – are currently a common theme.

Many of the members of the group have shared how cancer has affected them, their families or their friends – as well as how those experiences have driven them to join the fight to beat the disease. One walker, who proudly announced she’s been ‘kicking cancer’s ass since 2018’, but has not managed to keep fit since being diagnosed, headed to Glasgow Green for her first walk.  

Runners keen to join in the challenge should register through Facebook’s Messenger service to receive their free running vest and start logging their miles. 

Runners who raise £150 or more will receive a finisher’s medal. There is no charge to register.

Image credit: Maggie's


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