Do you have a fighting chance of running a half marathon?

One of our favourite Bristol charities, Empire Fighting Chance, is offering you a fantastic opportunity to join their team for the Simplyhealth Great Bristol Half Marathon on 15th September, and help them beat last year’s fundraising total.

In 2018 nearly 100 people – from experienced runners to complete novices – turned out to raise £15k for the charity.

This year, in return for running with #TeamEmpire you’ll receive:

• 5 boot camp sessions across Bristol
• Access to 10 complimentary BoxFit classes, delivered by professional boxing coaches
• Tailored fundraising support and direct contact with our experienced events fundraiser
• An Empire Fighting Chance running vest

The team is also running a 100-day challenge to get you race ready, and although it’s already underway, you can still jump in now and benefit from a professionally designed training programme, weekly tips and friendly advice.

The Half Marathon costs £40 and in return for joining #TeamEmpire and committing to raise just £100 to support young lives across the UK, you’ll be able to claim a package worth nearly £250!

To become part of the Empire Fighting Chance team:
1. Sign up for the race at: https://www.greatrun.org/great-bristol-half-marathon
2. Send your unique registration code & required running vest size to sophie@empirefightingchance.org
3. Join our 100 Day Challenge and start fundraising!

Empire Fighting Chance is a Bristol charity helping to fight the impact of deprivation on young people aged 8-25. They use a powerful combination of non-contact boxing and intensive personal support to challenge and inspire young men and women.

Co-founder of Empire Fighting Chance, Jamie Sanigar, said, ‘Young people arrive at our doors with a range of behavioural and emotional issues, including anger, anxiety, depression and low self-esteem. Their distress is often expressed in ways that can lead them into trouble rather than care and support.

They’ve either been excluded from school or are involved in anti-social & criminal behaviour, including gang crime, drug abuse, aggressive behaviour and offending.

‘We use the street credibility of boxing to attract young people and weave in personal development activities while they participate in the sport. We listen, mentor, educate, challenge and inspire while young people box. So, with us, young people don’t join a ‘charity programme’ – they participate in sport and gain support naturally. As a result, they are much more willing to open up, trust us and listen to what we say.
‘So many young people from deprived backgrounds don’t realise the opportunities their future could hold – let alone believe they can reach them.’

You can find out more about Empire Fighting Chance at their website www.empirefightingchance.org. Even if you’re not a runner, check out their range of fundraising events http://www.empirefightingchance.org/events/ held throughout the year and see how you can support their fantastic work.