In 2013, Alan Butler (46) set himself a challenge to run every day in November to raise money for charity. ‘ I realised that with the power of social media, it could be something bigger.’ Runvember was born and last year, 294 people signed up in aid of Swindon-based homelessness charity Threshold. ‘ Entrants pledged to run a selfselected minimum mileage each day and received a Runvember box, which they were tasked with filling with items to help build a survival kit for a homeless person,’ says Alan, from Royal Wootton Bassett in Wiltshire. ‘ For example, a sleeping bag, rucksack, hat, gloves, toiletries and a pair of old running shoes.’
Within a month ‘ Runvembrians’ had filled over 450 boxes. Alan is already planning Runvember 2017.